Pair of Tigers Begin Second National Women's Soccer League Season
The second National Women's Soccer League season is underway this week with a pair of Princeton alumnae, Jen Hoy '13 and Diana Matheson '08, continuing their professional careers.
Matheson's team, the Washington Spirit, had their opener Sunday afternoon against the Western New York Flash, while Hoy will begin with the Chicago Red Stars on April 19, also against the Flash.
The two Tigers will go head-to-head on April 26 and June 4 at Chicago's home field in Lisle, Ill., and again on August 2 at Washington's home field in Boyds, Md.
Last season, Hoy played in nine games with four starts, scoring three goals and adding an assist. Matheson started all 19 games in which she played, leading her team with eight goals and three assists. Matheson tied for fourth in the league last year in goals.
“I am so incredibly excited to start our 2014 season," Hoy said. "It has been a long off-season, and we are all more than ready to demonstrate what our team has to offer this year. Our season opener is this coming Saturday, April 19 against Western New York, and it will be a double header with the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park Stadium. I can’t think of any better way to kick-start this season.”
Both players are among the best in Princeton program history. Matheson, the 2007 Ivy League Player of the Year, was an NSCAA first-team All-America honoree in 2004 while helping Princeton to the 2004 College Cup. She is the all-time Princeton leader in career assists with 26 and is fifth in career points with 78. Hoy was an NSCAA second-team All-America and Ivy League Player of the Year in 2012 while leading Princeton to the NCAA Round of 32, tying the Princeton record for regular-season goals with 17 and standing second for goals in a season overall with 18. She is fourth in school history in career points, with 83, and fourth in career goals, with 36.