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Men's Soccer Faces Lehigh Tuesday Night at Home

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 10/31/2011
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Lehigh at Princeton
Gametime: Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.
2011 Records: Princeton (4-8-2), Lehigh (7-3-5)
Series Began: 1922
Series Record: Princeton leads 32-8-1
Series Streak: Lehigh won last game
Last Meeting: Lehigh won 3-2 (9/7/10)

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PRINCETON, N.J. (10/31/11) - The Princeton men's soccer team looks to extend its unbeaten streak to three when it hosts Lehigh in the final non-conference game of the season on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.

The game will be web streamed on GoPrincetonTigers.tv for subscribers, and fans can follow live stats free of charge.

Princeton has a hefty 32-8-1 edge in the all-time series with Lehigh. The Mountain Hawks won the last meeting a 3-2 game on Sept. 7. It was one of just four Princeton losses of the season.

Princeton is 1-0-1 in its last two games and is coming off of a 1-1 tie with Cornell from Sunday to sit with a 4-8-2 overall record. Senior Antoine Hoppenot leads the Tigers in scoring with 13 points on four goals and a team-best five assists. Junior Matt Sanner has a team-high six goals for 12 points. Freshman Cameron Porter adds 10 points while defenders Chris Benedict and Mark Linnville contribute six and five, respectively. Junior goalkeeper Max Gallin has started in 12 games and has a 1.98 goals against average and a .593 save percentage. Sophomore Seth MacMillan started the Cornell game and has appeared in four total games and has a 1.45 goals against average and a .667 save percentage.

Lehigh sports a 7-3-5 record this season and sits in second place in the Patriot League standings with a 3-2-1 mark. The Mountain Hawks average one goal per game but have given up just six goals all season. Goalkeeper Ciaran Nugent has been a big factor in Lehigh's scoring defense. He has made 58 saves this season for a 0.37 goals against average and a .906 save percentage. Joe Puleo, Neal Melchionni and Kevin Strunk are tied atop the scoring column with seven points, with each being credited with three goals and one assist.


Princeton had a two-goal advantage over Lehigh but the Mountain Hawks clawed their way back and scored three unanswered goals in a 12-minute span to walk away with the 3-2 game.

Junior Manny Sardinha put the Tigers on the scoreboard in the 25th minute when he buried an Antoine Hoppenot pass. Senior Brandon Busch converted on a penalty kick opportunity in the 53rd minute to make it 2-0.

The Tigers lead was quickly shortened when James Graf scored less than two minutes later on a header off a throw in. Lehigh was able to convert a corner kick to tie the game six minutes later. Joe Puleo tallied the game-winning goal in the 67th minute, once again on a throw in.

Senior Sean Lynch made five saves for Princeton and Jonathan Nydell stopped three shots for Lehigh. Princeton had a 14-10 advantage in shots, while Lehigh had a slight 3-2 edge in corner kicks.
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