Jen Hoy began her professional career over the weekend by starting and playing the full 90 minutes in a scrimmage against Marquette for the Chicago Red Stars, getting an assist on the second goal in a 2-0 victory.
The Red Stars' recap of the scrimmage can be found here.
The scrimmage wrapped up two weeks of preseason camp with Chicago's entry in the new National Women's Soccer League. Hoy has her Princeton academic career to finish up before she rejoins the Red Stars.
"I was very excited about the level of play that I experienced with the Chicago Red Stars," Hoy said. "I had no idea what to expect but I loved getting to know my new teammates and being able to learn from them. Every practice the standards were held high and you were expected to perform."
The game came against the last opponent Hoy faced as a Tiger, as Marquette had a 3-1 comeback win over Princeton in the Round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament in Provo, Utah.
"I was so excited to be able to contribute to our win against Marquette," Hoy said. "Not only am I thrilled that the Red Stars were able to secure a win in our first preseason game, but Princeton also lost to Marquette last season in the second round of the NCAA tournament, so last Sunday's win was especially sweet for me."
But the scrimmage was only part of Hoy's soccer news of late, as the reigning Ivy League Player of the Year also scored an invite to the U.S. U-23 camp at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., from April 13-20.
"I was so incredibly surprised and excited," Hoy said. "I am thankful and honored to have been invited to this training camp and I am looking forward to competing with some of the best young women in the nation."
Princeton head coach Julie Shackford congratulated Hoy on the first steps of her post-Princeton career.
"We are all really happy and excited for Jen's success at the next level," Shackford said. "She has been a wonderful ambassador for our program and has thrived as a student-athlete at Princeton. Her potential is limitless and we all look forward to the next stages in her soccer career."
Hoy said she looks forward to the challenge of playing with those at the highest level of her sport.
"Getting the opportunity to play with professional players who love the game and demand more from you every day is powerful and exciting," Hoy said. "I absolutely love embracing the challenge each day we step onto the field together. I couldn't be more thankful to all of my coaches, trainers and teammates who have helped me to get this opportunity."
Hoy also said her time at Princeton, which continues through the June 4 commencement, helped prepare her for balancing her academic life with the demands of being an elite player.
"I was fortunate to have a supportive coaching staff and wonderful teammates who pushed and supported me throughout my four years," Hoy said. "The mantra of our Princeton athletic department is 'Education Through Athletics,' and I firmly stand behind this phrase. Just like my teammates here at Princeton, I had to figure out how to manage my time in order to increase my chances of doing well both on and off of the field because both areas of my Princeton experience are very important to me. Therefore, I am thankful to Princeton for preparing me for these sorts of situations and for giving me the opportunity to grow both as a student and an athlete."