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ESPN Networks to Visit Roberts Stadium, Televise Princeton Soccer Matches

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 07/30/2014
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Roberts Stadium will host matches televised by the ESPN networks this season.
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Both Princeton soccer programs will get visits from the ESPN networks during the upcoming season as the six-year old Roberts Stadium facility continues to draw attention.

The stadium, which has been the pre-World Cup training site for both the U.S. Men's and Women's National Teams during its young tenure, had a training visit just this week from Liverpool FC.

When Villanova visits the Princeton women's team on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 4 p.m., ESPNU will have all the action in the third game of a packed eight-match home women's schedule. The Tigers will start it off with a visit from Rutgers on Friday, Sept. 5 to open the season, followed by a match against Villanova's Big East rival Seton Hall three days later. Along with four home Ivy League matches, Princeton will host another major-conference program when North Carolina State comes to Roberts Stadium on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

"We are thrilled for the opportunity to play before a national audience on ESPNU," women's head coach Julie Shackford said. "We look forward to playing Villanova and showcasing both programs, along with our beautiful stadium."

The Villanova match will be the Wildcats' first visit to Roberts Stadium and first visit to campus since playing in Princeton Stadium in 2007 while Roberts Stadium was being built. It'll also be the first time the ESPN networks have televised a Princeton women's soccer match since the Tigers appeared on ESPN2 in the NCAA College Cup semifinal against UCLA in 2004.

Three days later, ESPN returns to televise the Princeton men's team match with Georgetown on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m.

"We are excited to showcase Myslik Field and Roberts Stadium in another nationally televised game against a very good opponent," men's head coach Jim Barlow said. "The last few games with Georgetown have been close, entertaining, back-and-forth matches. Hopefully we can get a big crowd and provide all the fans with an excellent game. It should be fun."

A year removed from its College Cup appearance, Georgetown reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament last year and finished the season ranked No. 10 in the NSCAA poll. The Hoyas are undefeated in the series, 5-0-1, with this being the fifth consecutive season the teams are meeting. The games have been hotly contested, with the last two being one-goal games.

The Princeton men's team has had a game on national television every year since Roberts Stadium opened in 2008. Princeton is 3-2-1 in those games, with three games being decided in overtime.

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