Final Pre-Ivy Contest to Come Tuesday at Fordham for Women's Soccer
The last game before the Ivy League schedule is Tuesday at Fordham, and the Princeton women's soccer team will head into the contest in the Bronx following an unbeaten week. Here are some items of note as the Tigers and Rams prepare to meet.
If you're attending: Parking is available in the Fordham Regional Parking Facility garage at a cost of $11 for the day to visitors. The game will be played at Jack Coffey Field, and both facilities can be found on this map. Admission to the game is free.
|Princeton||Head to Head: Princeton vs. Fordham
|NCAA Second Round||Postseason 2012||N/A
||Goals Per Game||0.94|
|Tyler Lussi (4)
||Leading Scorer||Three players tied at 2
|Darcy Hargadon (3-1-2 W-L-T, 0.93 GAA)
||Top Goalkeeper||Ally White (2-2-2 W-L-T, 2.02 GAA)
|0-0-0||All-Time Record vs. Opponent||0-0-0|
|N/A||Last Win vs. Opponent||N/A|
On Fordham: The Rams are 2-1-1 in their last four games after an 0-3-1 start. Five Rams have split the team's eight goals in their eight games this season, with three players co-leading the team at two goals apiece. While the Tigers last played Sunday afternoon, Fordham has been away from competition since Friday, when a 69th-minute goal by Kaitlyn Carballeira saved a 2-2 tie against Providence. After splitting time in net for the previous two games, Ally White played the full 110 against the Friars and leads the team with 445 minutes and a 2.02 GAA.
What's it all mean?: Princeton is 5-1-1 in its final pre-Ivy League game since 2006. Both times Princeton won an Ivy title in that span, in 2008 and 2012, the Tigers won their final pre-Ivy League game. However, in the program's greatest season of 2004, Princeton lost its pre-Ivy finale to Wake Forest.
Go Cavs: One Ram and one Tiger share an alma mater, with Princeton junior Lindsey Heigh and and Fordham rookie Bryce Debolt both alums of W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax, Va.
Nice to meet you: Princeton and Fordham have never met in women's soccer, but the Rams are the third of four Atlantic 10 opponents for the Tigers this season. Princeton already has wins over Richmond and Saint Joseph's and will face La Salle next Tuesday.
Common foes: In addition to Fordham's three Atlantic 10 foes, Princeton and the Rams also share three more opponents in Rutgers, Army and Dartmouth. The Tigers haven't played Dartmouth yet, and the Big Green beat the Rams 4-0 on Sept. 13. Both teams lost to Rutgers, and Princeton beat Army 3-0 on Sept. 8 while the Rams tied the Black Knights 1-1 on Sept. 6.On the Tigers: While rookie Tyler Lussi remains the team's leading scorer with four goals, Lussi and junior Lauren Lazo (three goals) welcomed another teammate to the scoring column when junior Gabrielle Ragazzo scored in the 82nd minute of Sunday's tie against William & Mary.
More Lussi: It's a long way from season's end, but if Tyler Lussi finishes 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 in 2009. Lussi, who has already won an Ivy League Rookie of the Week honor this season, came off the bench in her first four games before getting a start last time out against Saint Joseph's.
Rookies: Six of the eight freshman field players have seen action in at least two of the first six games with defender Fiona McKenna as the only Tiger rookie to start each of the six games.
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: Princeton junior goalkeeper Darcy Hargadon is in her first year as the starter and had just one start, as a freshman, prior to this season. She has authored four shutouts this season.
Up next: The Ivy League season will begin Saturday at 4 p.m. against Yale at Roberts Stadium. The Bulldogs (4-3) don't have a midweek game this week and will enter the contest at Princeton looking to break a skid of back-to-back one-goal defeats.