Rutgers to Host Women's Soccer Sunday
The Princeton women's soccer team will head to Rutgers Sunday with the game scheduled to start at approximately 2:30 p.m. There is a Rutgers men's game at noon that will affect the precise start time of the women's game. Here are the notes of note as the Tigers look to stay unbeaten:
|Princeton||Head to Head: Princeton vs. Rutgers
|NCAA Second Round||Postseason 2012||NCAA Second Round
||Goals Per Game||1.80|
|Tyler Lussi (3)
||Leading Scorer||Jonelle Filigno (4)
|Darcy Hargadon (2-0-1 W-L-T, 0.00 GAA)
||Top Goalkeeper||Jessica Janosz (5-1-1 W-L-T, 1.06 GAA)
|10-14-3||All-Time Record vs. Opponent||14-10-3|
|2007||Last Win vs. Opponent||2010|
On Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights have shut out their opponents in four of the team's seven games this season, most recently Friday night in a 4-0 win over Bryant. That allowed Rutgers to rebound from a winless weekend at a Virginia-hosted tournament where the Scarlet Knights tied William & Mary, Princeton's opponent next Sunday, 1-1 after losing to Virginia, now second-ranked in the nation, 6-0. Virginia is the only team to shut out Rutgers this season, and the Scarlet Knights are averaging 1.80 goals per game off the feet of seven players.
O Canada: Rutgers' leading scorer is Jonelle Filigno, who has four goals this season. Filigno has played with Tiger alum Diana Matheson '08, pictured on the right here in a Canada Soccer announcement about an upcoming friendly vs. Mexico, as part of Team Canada. Both were on the Olympic bronze medal-winning team last summer in London, where Matheson scored the game-winning goal for Canada.
Locals: Rutgers, of course, has lots of players from New Jersey including a couple from areas not far from Princeton. Rookie Jessica Puchalski is from South Brunswick, just north of Princeton, and junior Tori Leigh is from Hamilton, like Princeton in Mercer County.
Renewed rivalry: After two years off, the Princeton-Rutgers rivalry gets going again. Rutgers is Princeton's most-played non-conference opponent, with the series getting started in Princeton's first year of varsity play in 1980. The teams' last two games were in 2009 and 2010, both 2-0 Rutgers wins. In the last meeting prior to that, Princeton won 5-1 in Princeton Stadium in 2007.
Good start: Princeton is unbeaten through its first three games for the first time since 2004, when the team was 3-0 on its way to 4-0. A win or tie Sunday would keep this year's Tiger team at its best record through four games since '04.
Common foes: Princeton and Rutgers have three common opponents this year, but only one that both teams have already played. Rutgers beat Army 3-2 on Aug. 25, while the Tigers defeated the Black Knights 3-0 last Sunday. Rutgers defeated Fordham, which Princeton will face on Sept. 24, 3-0 on Sept. 1, while the Scarlet Knights tied William & Mary, next Sunday's Tiger opponent, 1-1 last Sunday.At Rutgers: Princeton is 5-6-2 on the Rutgers campus with the Scarlet Knights having taken the last three games there along with one tie. Princeton's last win at Yurcak Field was in 2001.
Fast start: Tyler Lussi's three goals have won her some impressive superlatives. She's the first Tiger freshman to score in a season opener since 2004, which was also the last time a Tiger freshman scored in each of the season's first two games as Lussi did in the season's first weekend. Lussi is believed to be the first Princeton freshman to score three goals over the first two games of the season since 1985.
More Lussi: Tyler Lussi was named the Ivy League Co-Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week this past Monday. She's the first Tiger to take both awards in nearly five full seasons, since 2008.
On offense: While Tyler Lussi leads the team with three goals, junior Lauren Lazo is close behind with two and entered the season as the team's leading returning scorer. She had 11 goals last year, the most for any player other than teammate Jen Hoy '13 last season since Sarah Peteraf '09 had 12 in 2008.
Rookies: Six of the eight freshman field players have seen action in at least one of the first three games, and two have been starters with Nicole Loncar and Fiona McKenna joining the opening 11 each time.
Shutouts: Princeton opened its season with a shutout for the first time since 2001, which is also the last time the team has had a shutout streak this long. Only the 2001 (five games) and 2000 (eight games) teams had longer shutout streaks to start a season, while the 1998 club also took a shutout streak into a fourth game. Princeton hasn't shut out Rutgers since 2004, as the Scarlet Knights have pushed at least one past the Tiger keeper in each of the last five meetings.
Going dancing: Princeton advanced to the NCAA tournament last season for the eighth time under head coach Julie Shackford and won a postseason game away from Princeton for the first time in program history. The Tigers won at West Virginia, beating the Mountaineers 2-1 for their first NCAA tournament victory since 2004.
Between the posts: She's only had four career starts, but junior Darcy Hargadon has earned shutouts in each of her three starts this season. Her only previous start to this season was in 2011 against Lafayette.
Up next: The Tigers will head to Saint Joseph's (4-1-2) for a 7 p.m. game Tuesday. It'll be back-to-back Ivies for the Hawks, who will host Penn Sunday. Princeton and Saint Joseph's have only met twice, with Princeton winning 2-0 in 2007 and 3-0 in 2012, both games in Princeton.