Oct. 6, 2007
PROVIDENCE, RI - The Princeton women's soccer team (5-4-1, 2-0-0) scored two goals in each half to earn a 4-1 victory over the Bears (2-7-1, 0-2-0) on Saturday afternoon at Stevenson Field. Diana Matheson led the Tigers with the first two goals of the game and an assist on Princeton's fourth goal to finish with five points.
The Bears dominated the opening portion of the game, outshooting Princeton, 3-1, during the first 11 minutes. However, the Tigers shifted the momentum towards their favor in the 17th minute when they earned their only corner kick of the half. After back-to-back shots on the corner failed to generate a goal, Princeton broke the tie just four minutes later on a give-and-go with Aarti Jain and Matheson. Matheson received the ball on the left side and fired a shot from about 25 yards out and beat sophomore Steffi Yellin (Savannah, GA) to the far corner at 21:45.
Exactly eight minutes later, Matheson gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead when, all alone on the right side, she had just Yellin to beat and blasted a rocket to the near side.
Brown finished the first half leading Princeton in both shots (9-6) and corners (4-1), but the Tigers' defense held the Bears off the board during the first 45 minutes.
Princeton increased its lead to 3-0 early in the second half when Regina Yang collected the ball off an attempted Brown clear and lofted a high shot over Yellin's reach from about 30 yards out just 4:29 into the second half. The Tigers scored their final goal of the afternoon at 60:18 when Allison Williams carried the ball behind Brown's defense, drew Yellin off her line and tapped a low shot behind her for the 4-0 lead.
Brown would get on the board just 1:14 later for the 4-1 final. After sophomore Kiki Manners' (North Potomac, MD) attempt on a Brown corner was blocked, the Bears drew a foul in the box and were awarded a penalty kick. Senior captain Julia Shapira (Los Angeles, CA) converted the penalty kick, beating Maren Dale to the upper left corner for her first career goal.
The Bears nearly scored with just under five minutes left on a corner, but Princeton keeper Maren Dale made a save on the goal-line on a shot from sophomore Melissa Kim (Bethesda, MD) from inside the six.
The Bears continue Ivy action next Saturday, October 13, when they travel to Cambridge to face Harvard at 2:30 p.m.