Whatley's First-Half Twilight Goal Lifts Women's Soccer to Win over American
PRINCETON -- Two days after a stinging one-goal loss in Ivy League play, the Princeton women's soccer team fought through another one-goal game, this one going the Tigers' way.
Lauren Whatley scored with less than a minute to go in the first half, lofting a ball just under the crossbar to help Princeton to a 1-0 win over American Monday night at Roberts Stadium. Whatley said afterward that the win will give the team a boost after a double-overtime loss Saturday at Dartmouth, followed by the long trip home.
"I think that we really worked hard on Saturday after our game to re-energize, especially mentally," Whatley said. "It was a really tough loss, so it was something that we had to rebuild from."
The goal was Whatley's first of the season, making her the ninth Tiger to score a goal in 2009. The win was the 199th for head coach Julie Shackford as a collegiate mentor, with 157 coming in 14-plus seasons at Princeton and the rest in four years at Carnegie Mellon.
Climbing out of an 0-2 hole in the Ivy League will be difficult with no room left for error in Princeton's (4-6-1) five remaining league games.
"I think we really needed this going into our game against Brown," Whatley said of Saturday's 3 p.m. game in Providence, matching Princeton with a 1-1 Bears team.
The shutout was the third of the season for Princeton and goalkeeper Alyssa Pont, who stopped all three shots on goal as Princeton outshot the Eagles (6-7) 10-6. It was the 10th time in 11 games this season Princeton has either won or finished even in the shot total, with the Dartmouth loss as the only game to see the Tigers outshot.