Jen Hoy and Diana Matheson have opened the second season of the Women's Professional Soccer League with the Chicago Red Stars and the Washington Spirit.
Just as the professionals get their season going, Princeton's spring will wind down Friday with a 6 p.m. game at Rutgers. The Tigers defeated Seton Hall 2-0 in their first spring game two weekends ago.
Hoy was in the starting lineup of Chicago's 1-0 win over the Western New York Flash last weekend and, Hoy and Matheson will meet on Chicago's home field Saturday in the first of three meetings (June 4 at Chicago, August 2 at Washington).
“I am so incredibly excited to start our 2014 season," Hoy said. "It has been a long off-season, and we are all more than ready to demonstrate what our team has to offer this year. Our season opener is this coming Saturday, April 19 against Western New York, and it will be a double header with the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park Stadium. I can’t think of any better way to kick-start this season.”
Matheson has a team-best three goals for the Spirit, who are 1-2 heading into the matchup at Chicago.
"I'm excited to be back with the Washington Spirit and looking forward to building from last year," Matheson said. "We have a very different squad than last year and it's be great so far getting to know the new faces on and off the field. As always, I can't wait for our games in New Jersey to see some Tigers as well!"
Both players are among the best in Princeton program history. Matheson, the 2007 Ivy League Player of the Year, was an NSCAA first-team All-America honoree in 2004 while helping Princeton to the 2004 College Cup. She is the all-time Princeton leader in career assists with 26 and is fifth in career points with 78. Hoy was an NSCAA second-team All-America and Ivy League Player of the Year in 2012 while leading Princeton to the NCAA Round of 32, tying the Princeton record for regular-season goals with 17 and standing second for goals in a season overall with 18. She is fourth in school history in career points, with 83, and fourth in career goals, with 36.