Princeton Topples Lafayette with Strong First Half
Sept. 19, 2012
EASTON, Pa. - Four first half goals, including three by Jen Hoy, led Princeton to a 5-2 victory over Lafayette on Wednesday evening at Oaks Stadium.
The loss for Lafayette snaps an eight-game home winning streak, which dated back to the beginning of the 2011 season.
Princeton jumped on the Leopards early with a goal exactly four minutes into the match. The Tigers' Jessica Haley threaded a pass through the Lafayette defense from just inside the Leopards' side of midfield for Erika Hoglund, who ran onto the pass and fired a low show off the post past Lafayette goalkeeper Lauren Smedley.
Less than 10 minutes later, Princeton extended its lead to 3-0 with a pair of goals by Hoy 24 seconds apart. The first came on an excellent individual effort as she worked her way through the Lafayette back line. Her second tally of the night resulted from a service over the top of the Leopards' defense by Kacie Kergides that Hoy deposited in the back of the net.
Hoy then pushed Princeton's advantage to 4-0 and completed the hat trick with another unassisted tally in the 31st minute.
Later in the half, Lafayette put its lone goal of the opening 45 minutes behind Princeton keeper Kristin Watson when she couldn't handle Madison Murray's cross from the far sideline. Sophomore Jaclyn Giordano pounced on the miscue and put it in the empty Princeton goal. The marker was Giordano's third of the season and Murray picked up her second assist on the play.
"I think we were outclassed on the night," head coach Mick Statham said. "Give Princeton the credit because they were the superior team. I was encouraged by our second half after a disappointing first 45 minutes"
Lafayette had the better of the play early in the second half, but Cecilia Di Caprio, who came on for Watson at intermission, made saves on chances by Jill Dozier and Alyssa Finelli to preserve the three-goal cushion.
With a corner kick in the 63rd minute, Princeton increased its lead to 5-1 when Caitlin Blosser fired a shot from the top of the Leopards' 18-yard box just under the crossbar. The Maroon and White responded with Nicole Brownell's first score off the year off a volley from Alyssa Finelli six minutes later to bring the final score to 5-2.
Princeton controlled the stat sheet as well as the scoreboard and held a 19-6 advantage in shots. The Tigers also had the edge in corners, 8-7. Smedley finished with a season-high 8 saves on the night.
Lafayette's next match is on Sunday at 1 p.m. when it hosts NJIT.
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