Coming into Sunday’s matinee game, both the Bobcats and the Tigers were coming off of huge momentum building games. Quinnipiac came into the matchup off an explosive 4-0 win over MAAC opponent Niagara University, their third consecutive win. The Tigers came in with a Top 10 victory over Georgetown where they defeated the Hoyas 3-2.
This was the first time that Princeton played Quinnipiac and the Tigers had an offensive explosion against the reigning MAAC tournament champions.
Princeton put the pressure on early, drawing three fouls and registering two shots on goal in the first six minutes of the game. Early pressure helped Princeton register a goal shortly after at 13:48, when Madison Curry lasered one past Sofia Lospinoso after Pietra Tordin created the opportunity with her fancy footwork. Princeton kept up the pressure until a mistake in the box set the Bobcats up for a penalty shot about midway through the half.
Courtney Chochol capitalized on the opportunity by lasering one right past Tyler McCamey to even the score. Princeton would erase their mistake not even 10 minutes later with some tic-tac-toe action through the 18 that landed on the foot of Heather MacNab, who hit the low right corner. The Tigers still had more in them before the half ended as a free kick right outside the goal box gave Tordin the opportunity to place one just above Lospinoso’s reach. Tordin’s 9th goal on the season, a career-high for the sophomore, allowed the Tigers to go into the half on a comfortable lead.
The Tigers were looking for another strong start in the 2nd half, but the first ten minutes was a back forth battle. The Tigers were finally able to break free around the fifteen minute mark when MacNab and Jen Estes created a 2-on-1 opportunity which resulted in Estes finishing off the opportunity and giving the Tigers a three-goal cushion. The Bobcats wouldn’t go away without a fight, and attempted to even the score when freshman Evelyn Keay scored off a defense beating pass by Chochol. The Bobcats' efforts weren’t enough though, as Princeton would shut them out for the rest of the game, getting the 4-2 victory, their second straight.
The Tigers enter Ivy League play next Saturday when they take on Cornell at 1PM in Princeton NJ, where they will look to continue the hot streak they have going.
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