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Men's Soccer Plays to 1-1 Draw with Cornell

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 10/30/2011
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Freshman Joe Saitta
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PRINCETON, N.J. (10/30/11) - The Princeton men's soccer team earned a 1-1 draw with Cornell on Sunday, Oct. 30 on Plummer Field* at Roberts Stadium.

The Tigers gave the Big Red its second blemish in league play, as Cornell sits in first place with a 3-0-2 mark and unbeaten in its last 13 games.

Princeton took a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute on an own goal. Senior Antoine Hoppenot had the ball in the middle and fed freshman Cameron Porter on the right side. Porter crossed the ball into the box and Cornell's Peter Chodas tried to clear the ball before either Hoppenot or freshman Julian Griggs, on the left side could get there, but Chodas kicked the ball into the goal.

Cornell would knot the game in the 40th minute with an unassisted goal by Daniel Haber. It was a 1-on-1 with Haber and his defender and his defender couldn't clear the ball. Haber bumped him off the ball and put a low shot into the right corner past goalkeeper Seth MacMillan.

Cornell had a 9-1 edge in shots in the first half leading them to take a 15-5 differential overall. In the second half and in both overtimes Cornell would have just a 6-4 edge in shots.

The Big Red's first chance came off of a corner kick. Patrick Slogic headed a Nico Nissl corner that was saved by MacMillan as he pushed the ball out to the right side in the 10th minute. Cornell had another chance in the 16th minute on a scrum in front of the net but MacMillian picked up a save on a shot by Conor Goepel and senior defender Mark Linnville cleared the rebound.

Princeton would lose two of its starters with 15 minutes to play in the first half when sophomores Patrick O'Neil and Chris Benedict collided on the field. Both would return to the game in the second half.

Cornell thought they had taken the lead in the 65th minute but the linesman had signaled an offsides before Tyler Regan scored.

With about 15 minutes to play in regulation, freshman Joe Saitta came up big for the Tigers by clearing a ball out of the box during a dangerous chance for Cornell. A Big Red player beat his defender in the left corner and sent a cross into the box in front of an open net but Saitta quickly got to the ball and kicked it up field.

It was Princeton that had the best opportunity to score in overtime. Benedict took a free kick that sailed in on goal and had to be stopped by Rick Pflasterer in the 105th minute.

It would be Pflasterer's lone save of the game while MacMillan made four stops.

Princeton is now 4-8-2 and 1-3-1 in Ivy League play. The Tigers host Lehigh in the final non-conference game on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.

* The game was played adjacent to Myslik Field on the turf field Plummer Field because of a nor'easter that hit the area yesterday. It marked the first NCAA game to be played on the field since Roberts Stadium was opened in 2008. The photo below was taken at noon today.







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