Evans Nets Game-Winner to Lift No. 4 Field Hockey Past Richmond, 2-1
Despite a 14-4 shot advantage, it took an Allison Evans goal in the 68th minute to lift the No. 4 Princeton field hockey team to a 2-1 victory over Richmond in its season home opener Sunday afternoon.
The day began with excitement, as the Tigers officially opened up the newly constructed Bedford Field. Following a ribbon cutting ceremony, Princeton immediately got to work. The Tigers continually pressured the Spider backline, but struggled to capitalize early on. After firing in five unsuccessful shots, it was senior Katie Reinprecht who picked up a loose ball in front of the goal. She then positioned herself on the left side of the cage and provided Princeton with a 1-0 lead at 32:18.
Following halftime, the Tigers continued to be the aggressors, but a second goal remained looming. On the other end of the field, Richmond managed to drive the ball into the circle and Taylor Deitrick nearly sent in the equalizer, but Amanda Bird was there with the defensive save. The Spiders were then awarded a penalty stroke and Chelsea Davies evened things up 1-1 at 59:45.
After conceding their advantage, the Tigers regrouped and began playing with more urgency in order to avoid overtime minutes. In the 67th minute Evans subbed in and immediately darted to the circle. Less than a minute later, Reinprecht found an open Evans to send in the game-winner from the right side.
In addition to their 7-3 shot on goal advantage, the Tigers held a 7-1 penalty corner differential.
The victory improved Princeton to 4-0 on the year. The Tigers remain at home next hosting their Ivy opener on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 12 noon versus Dartmouth and Delaware the following day at 1 p.m.