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No. 25 Princeton Knocks Off Yale In Ivy Opener

Mackenzie Marsh (Steve Musco photo)
Mackenzie Marsh (Steve Musco photo)

Asom Scores All Three Goals For Tigers

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – One unfortunate bounce of the ball late in the first half went a long way in spoiling Yale's Ivy League opener. Princeton's Mimi Asom was the beneficiary as the rebound of a shot off the crossbar came right to her in front. She was able to push it into the back of the net to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead with just 20 seconds remaining. That got Princeton and Asom going, and the result was a 3-0 victory for the Tigers in front of a big crowd at Reese Stadium.

The Bulldogs had had the better of the play leading up to the goal.

"That goal before the half really changed the game," said Rudy Meredith, the Loring Family and Rudolph L. Meredith Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "I thought we were playing well. We had our chances early, but it's hard to chase the game."

Princeton, ranked No. 25 in the nation and the defending Ivy League champion, controlled play in the second half. Still, the Tigers were fortunate on their second goal as well when Sophia Gulati's corner kick deflected off Asom and in at 53:25.

The third goal, though, was all skill, and once again it was Asom who got it when she did some nifty dribbling to move into position and rocketed a shot into the top corner at 72:29.

Asom now has eight goals on the season and 40 in her career.

Yale's best scoring chances came midway through the first half when Noelle Higginson had a shot blocked from the top of the box. Kiki Lobben then sent the rebound toward goal where Aerial Chavarin got a strong header on goal, but Princeton goalkeeper Natalie Grossi was there to make the save.

In the second half, Ciara Ostrander fired a shot from the wing that deflected off the crossbar.

The loss snapped Yale's four-game winning streak.

The Bulldogs, who had a 6-5 edge in shots in the first half, must now turn their attention to next Saturday's game at Harvard.

"We have to refocus and have a good week of practice," Meredith said. "Fortunately we should have no problem getting motivated for Harvard.

Kickoff in Cambridge is slated for 7 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (timothy.bennett@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity