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First Road Contest Sends Women's Soccer to Seton Hall Thursday

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 09/10/2013
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Diane Metcalf-Leggette and the Tigers will head to South Orange Thursday.
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The Princeton women's soccer team will head to Seton Hall Thursday at 7 p.m. Here are the notes of note as the Tigers look to go to 3-0:

If you're attending: The game will be held at the Owen T. Carroll Athletic Field. A campus map as well as parking information can be found here. Admission is free.

Princeton Head to Head: Princeton vs. Seton Hall
    Seton Hall    
2-0-0
Record 1-4-1
NCAA Second Round Postseason 2012 N/A
0.00
GAA  1.61
2.50
Goals Per Game  0.96
Tyler Lussi (3)
Leading Scorer  Kaitlyn Ritter (3)
Darcy Hargadon (2-0-0 W-L-T, 0.00 GAA)
Top Goalkeeper Jennifer Pettigrew (1-4-1 W-L-T, 1.61 GAA)
8-2-0 All-Time Record vs. Opponent 2-8-0
2010 Last Win vs. Opponent 2011


On Seton Hall: The Pirates enter on a three-match skid and without a goal in their last 217:48. The last 180 of those minutes came in a Virginia hosted-tournament with a 1-0 loss to William & Mary and a 3-0 loss to the host Cavaliers, who are now ranked No. 2 in the nation. Senior Jennifer Pettigrew has played all 560 minutes in goal, accruing a 1.61 GAA, and classmate Kaitlyn Ritter leads the team with three of their six goals on the season.

Renewed rivalry: Princeton and Seton Hall have played 10 times, with eight of those meetings coming between 1994 and 2002. The teams picked up the series again in 2010 with a Princeton win at Roberts Stadium. Current seniors Kaitlyn Ritter for Seton Hall and Gabriella Guzman for Princeton each had a goal. Seton Hall won 2-1 the next year in South Orange, with Ritter scoring with less than two minutes remaining in double overtime.

3-0?: 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 3-0 on the season for the first time since 2004, when it started 4-0.

Common foe: Princeton and Seton Hall have just one common opponent, with each team's most recent win coming against Army. The Pirates won 2-0 on Aug. 30, while the Tigers did them one better by winning 3-0 this past Sunday.

Road openers: If Princeton can win Thursday, it'd be the first time since 2004 that the Tigers have won their first true road game of the season. That win came on UNC Greensboro's home field, part of a 4-0 overall start.

Fast start: Tyler Lussi's three goals have won her some impressive superlatives. She's the first Tiger freshman to score in a season opener since 2004, which was also the last time a Tiger freshman scored in each of the season's first two games as Lussi did last weekend. Lussi is believed to be the first Princeton freshman to score three goals over the first two games of the season since 1985, and no Princeton freshman is believed to have scored in each of her first three games, as Lussi will have the opportunity to do Thursday.

More Lussi: Tyler Lussi was named the Ivy League Co-Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week this past Monday. She's the first Tiger to take both awards in nearly five full seasons, since 2008.

Rookies: Six of the eight freshman field players have seen action in at least one of the first two games, and two have been starters with Nicole Loncar and Fiona McKenna joining the opening 11 each time.

Shutouts: For the first time since 2001, Princeton opened its season with a shutout. That's also the last time Princeton had two shutouts to start the season, but it's far from the record. The only teams in program history with greater than two shutouts to start the season were the 2000 (eight), 2001 (five) and 1998 (three) clubs.

On offense: Junior Lauren Lazo, who has scored in each of the first two games, 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: She's only had three career starts, but junior Darcy Hargadon has earned shutouts in each of her two starts this season. Her only previous start was in 2011 against Lafayette.

Up next: The Tigers will take on Seton Hall's former Big East rival in the Garden State when they head to Rutgers for a 2 p.m. game Sunday. Like Seton Hall, the Scarlet Knights were also at Virginia's tournament last weekend, losing 6-0 to Virginia and tying William & Mary, which the Tigers will host next weekend, 1-1. Before Princeton, the Knights will host Bryant Friday night.

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