Lengthy Winning Streaks Collide as Women's Soccer Meets La Salle Monday
Princeton (10-3-1) at La Salle (13-3)
Monday, Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m. at La Salle's McCarthy Stadium
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Princeton will travel to La Salle for each team's final non-league game of the regular season Monday night. Here are pregame notes to size up the importance of this non-conference showdown.
• Princeton enters on an eight-game winning streak, its longest since 2004. La Salle enters on a 10-game winning streak.
• La Salle is 6-0 at home this year, on a 13-match winning streak on its home turf and hasn't lost at McCarthy Stadium since Oct. 29, 2010 against Rhode Island, an unbeaten streak of 15 matches.
• As of the most recent NCAA RPI ranking, released Oct. 15, La Salle was at No. 52 while Princeton was at No. 59. La Salle had the No. 1 RPI in the Atlantic 10, five spots in front of Dayton, while the Tigers were 18 spots behind Dartmouth, second among Ivy League teams.
• In the Oct. 16 NSCAA/Continental Tire Mid-Atlantic Regional ranking, La Salle was ranked first and Princeton third, with La Salle's Atlantic 10 foe Dayton in between. In the Oct. 22 Top Drawer Soccer national ranking, La Salle was at No. 35 and Princeton was at No. 38.
• Princeton is 5-1 all-time against La Salle including 2-0 in Philadelphia, but only one of those six meetings included any current players. Princeton won annually from 1987-90 and again in 2005, but La Salle won 1-0 in Princeton on Sept. 18, 2011. An 83rd-minute goal by current sophomore Kelsey Haycook past current Tiger senior keeper Claire Pinciaro was the game-winner.
• La Salle has its share of players with Mercer County ties, as freshman defender Kari Nickels is a Robbinsville High alum, and junior Renee Washington is a Ewing native who prepped at The Pennington School.
• Princeton is well represented by Philadelphia-area players, as Jen Hoy (Sellersville, Pa.), Kacie Kergides (Rockledge, Pa.) and Rachel Sheehy (Exton, Pa.) are all from the Philadelphia suburbs.
• Princeton and La Salle have just one common opponent this season that both teams have already played. The Tigers beat Lehigh 6-1 on Oct. 10, while the Explorers defeated Lehigh 3-2 in overtime on Sept. 23. Princeton has yet to face Cornell, a team La Salle beat 4-0 on Sept. 16, and the Explorers have yet to face Temple, a team Princeton beat 1-0 on Sept. 9.
• Haycook, who scored against Princeton last year, leads La Salle with eight goals, while Washington, the Ewing native, is next with five goals and five helpers.
• La Salle has shut out five of its last 10 opponents and has allowed no more than two goals apiece to the other five. The Explorers allowed a season-high three goals each to Portland and Villanova, but from Sept. 14 forward, the team's goals-against average is a mere 0.69.
• Princeton will be the highest-ranked team, based on the Oct. 15 RPI ranking, that La Salle has faced since losing 3-0 to Portland, now No. 30 in the RPI, on Sept. 2.
• Junior Gabby Pakhtigian leads the Explorers in goal with 15 starts in the team's 16 games and has an 0.95 GAA. For the Tigers, Pinciaro has made 11 starts in the team's 14 games and has a 1.16 GAA.
• La Salle is the Atlantic 10's second-ranked offense, standing in that position behind Dayton in shots (18.12/game), points (6.25/game), goals (2.06/game) and assists (2.12/game).
• Princeton is the Ivy League's top offense, ranked first in points (8.29/game), goals (2.71/game) and assists (2.86/game).
• With her 16th goal Saturday night, Jen Hoy retained her Ivy League scoring lead by a margin of better than 2:1, leading two Dartmouth players with seven goals apiece. She also leads the league in points, with 33, with Dartmouth's Emma Brush next with 17 points. Sophomore Jessica Haley remained the Ivy leader in assists, with seven.
• In her race for the Princeton single-season scoring record, Hoy is four goals behind current assistant coach Esmeralda Negron '05. Negron had 11 goals through 14 games in 2004 and had a hat trick in game No. 15, allowing her to break the then-record of 13 set by Susan Mooney '85 in 1981.