Visit from West Point to Complete First Weekend for Women's Soccer
The Princeton women's soccer team will host Army Sunday at noon at Roberts Stadium. Here's what you need to know as the Tigers look to go to 2-0:
If you're attending: Lots 16, 20, 23, 32 and the parking garage, labeled on this map, will be available for spectator parking. Walk past the tennis courts to Roberts Stadium. Admission is free.
|Princeton||Head to Head: Princeton vs. Army||Army|
|NCAA Second Round||Postseason 2012||N/A|
||Goals Per Game||1.15|
|Lauren Lazo, Tyler Lussi (1 ea.)
||Leading Scorer|| Kimberly An (3)
|Darcy Hargadon (1-0-0 W-L-T, 0.00 GAA)
||Top Goalkeeper||Jordan Cassalia (2-2-1 W-L-T, 1.15 GAA)
|2-4-0||All-Time Record vs. Opponent||4-2-0|
|1995||Last Win vs. Opponent||1997|
On Army: Though the Black Knights' record is even at 2-2-1, Army has only been shut out once in its first five games, a 2-0 defeat at Seton Hall on Aug. 30. Kimberly An leads the team with three of its six goals on the season, including each of the last two. Jordan Cassalia has played all 470 minutes in goal, allowing an average of 1.15 goals per game.
Welcome back: Princeton and Army haven't played since 1997. The teams are tied 2-2 in games in Princeton, while the Tigers are winless in their two visits to West Point, in 1994 and 1996. The teams played annually from 1993-97, with the only other meeting coming in 1983.
Army strong: Princeton has lost two straight and four of five against Army, all coming during the 1993-97 stretch of games that represented five-sixths of the series.
2-0?: The Tigers usually open against teams who have already played a week or two of games, and that's the case this year as well. Even so, Princeton has the chance to go to 2-0 on the season for the first time since 2004, when it started 4-0.
Common foes: Several of the same names appear on the Princeton and Army schedules, though the teams haven't played a common opponent yet. Lehigh, Colgate, Fordham, Seton Hall and Rutgers are all on both the Princeton and Army dockets this year, and the Black Knights posted losses to Rutgers and Seton Hall and a tie against Fordham already this season.
Against the Patriot League: Princeton is unbeaten in its last six contests against Patriot League foes. Those six games have come against Lehigh (3-0), Lafayette (1-0-1) and Colgate (0-0-1). The last loss to a Patriot League foe was in 2010 against American, a 2-1 double-OT defeat.
More Patriot League: A Patriot League team has never won in the young history of Roberts Stadium, which is in its sixth season. Lehigh (3-0), Bucknell (1-0), American (1-0), Lafayette (0-0-1) and Colgate (0-0-1) have all come to Roberts Stadium but haven't come away with a win. The last Patriot League team at the time of the game to beat Princeton in Princeton was, in fact, Army in 1997. Since then, Princeton is 14-0-2 against PL foes.
Home openers: Princeton has its first two games at home in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2000 and 2001.
Rookies: Princeton started two freshmen in the opener, Nicole Loncar and Fiona McKenna, after starting one in the 2012 opener, Jessica Lee. Five freshmen, including Haley Chow, Tyler Lussi and Jesse McDonough, played in Friday's opener after Lee was the only rookie to play in the 2012 opener.
More rookies: With her goal in the 50th minute, Tyler Lussi became the first Princeton freshman to score in the opening game of the season since Diana Matheson '08 against Texas A&M in 2004.
Shutout: The 2-0 win over Richmond was Princeton's first season-opening victory by shutout since the Tigers beat Iowa State 5-0 in 2001. The 2001 team started the season with five straight victories by shutout.
Filling the void: Jen Hoy '13 had a breakout year in 2012, winning Ivy Player of the Year honors and scoring the second-most goals in a season in program history. The Tigers return 28 of their 52 goals from last year, minus 18 from Hoy, five from Caitlin Blosser '13 and one from Rachel Sheehy '13.
On offense: Princeton's 52 goals last year were the team's most since scoring 58 in the NCAA semifinal season of 2004. The total was nearly double the 27 the team scored in 2011.
More offense: Junior Lauren Lazo, who had the second goal against Richmond, is the team's leading returning scorer. She had 11 goals last year, the most for any player not named Jen Hoy since Sarah Peteraf '09 had 12 in 2008.
Going dancing: Princeton advanced to the NCAA tournament last season for the eighth time under head coach Julie Shackford and won a postseason game away from Princeton for the first time in program history. The Tigers won at West Virginia, beating the Mountaineers 2-1 for their first NCAA tournament victory since 2004.
Between the posts: The Tigers graduated seniors Claire Pinciaro and Kristin Watson and return less than eight percent of their minutes in goal from last year. Junior Darcy Hargadon started the opener against Richmond, just her second career start with the other coming in 2011 against Lafayette.
Up next: The Tigers will head out on the road for a Thursday game at Seton Hall (1-3-1 entering a Sunday game at Virginia) and a game next Sunday at Rutgers (4-1 entering a Sunday game at William & Mary).