Women's Soccer to Visit Penn in Friday's Season Finale
Princeton and Penn will get together at 6 p.m. Friday night in the Tigers' season finale. The Tigers will be seeking their first win on Penn's home field since 2005, as the Quakers have taken the last three of their home matches against Princeton.
|Princeton||Head to Head: Princeton vs. Penn
|NCAA Second Round||Postseason 2012||None
||Goals Per Game||0.35|
|Tyler Lussi (8)
||Leading Scorer||Kerry Scalora (6)
|Darcy Hargadon (4-3-4 W-L-T, 1.28 GAA)
||Top Goalkeeper||Kalijah Terilli (9-1-3 W-L-T, 0.36 GAA)
|17-8-2||All-Time Record vs. Opponent||8-17-2|
|2012||Last Win vs. Opponent||2011|
On Penn: The Quakers have been tough to score on this season, as they've allowed just one goal in their last eight games. Penn has posted shutouts in 12 of its 16 games, and only two teams, including Old Dominion and Harvard, have scored as many as two goals in a game. On the other side, Penn has only been shut out once, back in September against William & Mary. Thirteen Penn players have scored a goal this season, led by six from Kerry Scalora. Kalijah Terilli has played more than 80 percent of the team's minutes in goal and has just an 0.36 GAA.
On the series: Princeton started out with a 10-1 edge in the series against Penn, which lost the first five games in the series to Princeton as a club team from 1980-90 and then five of the first six when Penn gained varsity status in 1991. From 1997 on, the series is all tied at 7-7-2, and no two games in the series have had the same outcome (Princeton win, Penn win, tie), since Princeton won three straight from 2004-06. From 2007 forward, Penn leads 3-2-1, but no team has won back-to-back.
The seniors: Princeton's seniors will be playing their final game Friday night. The class includes a goalkeeper in Cecilia Di Caprio who had her first career start this season, a two-time captain midfielder who has been a four-year starter and a first-team All-Ivy League pick in Gabriella Guzman, a midfielder in Erika Hoglund who has made a career-high eight starts this season, a co-captain defender in Diane Metcalf-Leggette who has started at least 14 games in each of the last two seasons, and a fellow defender in Kacie Kergides who has started at least 11 games in three of her four seasons.
OT Tigers: Princeton has played five overtime games this season, tying four and losing one. It's the most overtime games in a season for Princeton since 2009, when the team played a program-record six OT games.
Home field advantage: The home team hasn't lost in the series since 2005, when Princeton had its last win at Penn. Since 1997, Penn is 6-1-1 against the Tigers in Philadelphia.
Around the Ivy League: Harvard picked up a 2-1 win over Dartmouth to clinch the Ivy League's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Penn has clinched at least a second-place tie, standing three points in front of Brown. Princeton can climb as high as fifth if the Tigers win and Yale and Columbia lose.
League-leading Tigers: Tyler Lussi co-leads the Ivy with five other players with three game-winning goals as the only Tiger to top a league statistical list.
League-leading Quakers: Kerry Scalora is one of the five Ivy players who co-lead the league alongside Princeton's Tyler Lussi with three game-winning goals. Kalijah Terilli's nine shutouts are four more than any other Ivy Leaguer.
Last meeting: Princeton entered the last meeting with Penn needing one more win to secure an Ivy League championship and polish off the first 7-0-0 Ivy season since the 2004 Tigers accomplished it. Lauren Lazo almost single-footedly helped the Tigers accomplish it, scoring all three goals as the Tigers rolled up a 3-0 lead. That lead stood as late as the 65th minute at Roberts Stadium before Penn made it interesting by scoring twice in less than 10 minutes to make it 3-2, still with more than 16 minutes to play. Caitlin Blosser, in her final game at Roberts, scored in the 84th minute to ice it, and the Tigers claimed a 4-2 win to beat the Quakers for the first time since Princeton's previous most-recent Ivy title in 2008.
Common foes: Princeton and Penn have faced three of the same non-conference opponents, including Saint Joseph's, Lehigh and William & Mary. Both teams defeated Saint Joseph's and tied William & Mary, while Princeton beat Lehigh 2-1 and the Mountain Hawks tied the Quakers. Both Princeton and Penn have already played the rest of the league, of course, and Harvard is the only team to defeat both the Tigers and Quakers. Penn has secured wins against four others and tied Yale. Princeton tied Columbia and defeated Cornell.Rookie record: Tyler Lussi scored her eighth goal Saturday night against Cornell, giving her the most for a Princeton freshman in 13 years, since Theresa Sherry '04 had eight in 2000. The Princeton freshman scoring record is 13 by Sue Mooney '85 in 1981. If Lussi ends the season as the team's leading scorer, she'd be the first Tiger freshman to lead the team in scoring since Jen Hoy '13 (three goals) in 2009.
Rookies: Freshman Kathy Jones became the eighth Tiger rookie to play when she made her collegiate debut Saturday night againt Cornell, making it eight of the nine total freshmen who have seen action over Princeton's first 16 games. Three of those, including Tyler Lussi, Jesse McDonough and Fiona McKenna, have played in all 16 games. McKenna is the only one to have started all 16 and is one of two players in any class to have started all 16 games thus far, along with Gabrielle Ragazzo.
The coach: Julie Shackford is in her 19th season leading Princeton and has 196 wins as the Tigers' coach. Princeton has played in eight NCAA tournaments under Shackford, who, in addition to being the winningest soccer coach in Princeton history on the men's or women's side, is the third-longest tenured coach in an Ivy League where long tenures are more rule than exception. Only Brown's Phil Pincince (37th season) and Columbia's Kevin McCarthy (20th season) have been at their posts longer among active Ivy women's soccer coaches, and Yale's Rudy Meredith is also in his 19th season.
Between the posts: Junior Darcy Hargadon remains the Tigers' leading goalkeeper, having played nearly 1,051 of the team's 1,528-plus minutes. Senior Cecilia Di Caprio has started two of the last three games and freshman Hannah Winner has played in two of the last three, getting the start last Tuesday at Colgate. Winner has the lowest GAA at 1.07, but has played the fewest minutes of the trio at nearly 169.
Winning season: With the win Saturday night over Cornell, the Tigers clinched their second straight winning season, 14th in the last 17 seasons, and 15th in the 19 under head coach Julie Shackford.