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Yale Strikes Last, Deals Women's Soccer 3-2 Defeat in Ivy Opener

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 09/28/2013
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Game 8: Princeton vs. Yale

(4-2-2, 0-1)

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013
Roberts Stadium • Princeton, N.J.

(5-3-0, 1-0)

Box Score


30:32: Princeton's Jesse McDonough scored on an assists from Lauren Lazo and Tyler Lussi

46:39: Yale's Meredith Speck scored on an assist from Paula Hagopian

Princeton's Haley Chow scored on an assist from Tyler Lussi

74:10: Yale's Melissa Gavin scored on an assist from Paula Hagopian

98:44: Yale's Paula Hagopian scored on assists from Meredith Speck and Frannie Coxe


22: The number of shots Princeton took against the Bulldogs, the third time in the last four games Princeton has taken at least 20 shots. Against Saint Joseph's, it meant a late 1-0 win. Against William & Mary, a saved tie. But against the Bulldogs, it went for naught. Tyler Lussi, along with her two assists, had a game-high nine shots.



Yale's Paula Hagopian, who also had two assists, had the goal that mattered most, and it came on a tap-in after the Bulldogs turned back a Princeton advance and found some space. Frannie Coxe launched the ball from near midfield ahead to Meredith Speck, and Speck found the wide-open Hagopian for the golden goal.



• Yale's win continued the improbable trend of home-team unluckiness in the series with Princeton. It's been since 2006 that the home team won a game in this series, as the Tigers have won the last three in New Haven and Yale has won the last four in Princeton. The Tigers last successfully defended their turf against the Bulldogs in 2003.

• Princeton will have to reverse another recent trend if it is to capture the Ivy title. Only once since 1999, in 2005, has an Ivy-opening loss not led to a losing Ivy season. That year, Princeton lost to Yale and rebounded to finish 5-2 in the league. Every Ivy-opening win since 1999 has led to a winning Ivy season.

• Yale broke a five-game streak of switching goalkeepers at halftime. Rachel Ames made eight saves in the win.

• Princeton and Yale have opened the Ivy season against each other annually since 2003, except for 2007. In those games since '03, the series is now tied 5-5.

Jesse McDonough and Haley Chow, both freshmen, a game after having their first career starts, came off the bench and each had her first career goal.

• In games in which it had scored the first goal, Princeton was 4-0 this season and had won 13 consecutive regular-season games in which it had scored the first goal. Sept. 16, 2012 at UC Irvine was the last regular-season game in which Princeton scored first and lost.

• The loss ended Princeton's seven-game Ivy League winning streak, which had included only 2012. The streak was the longest since Yale won eight straight Ivy contests between the 2004 and 2005 seasons.

• Roberts Stadium saw its first women's golden goal, whether from Princeton or the opponent, since Oct. 31, 2009 against Cornell.

• Princeton had scored first in six straight Ivy League games, with the last game to break that trend as Princeton's visit to Yale last season to open the Ivy slate. Princeton had won the last eight Ivy League games in which it had scored first, until Saturday. Brown, on Oct. 8, 2011, was the last Ivy team to be struck first by Princeton and come back to win.

• Princeton now leads the all-time series against Yale 22-12-2.



Tuesday at 7 p.m., Princeton will host La Salle at Roberts Stadium. The Tigers will aim to go 4-0 against the Atlantic 10 this season after already picking up wins over Richmond, Saint Joseph's and Fordham.
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