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Big Second Half Leads Princeton Over Yale

Fran Steele (Steve Musco photo)
Fran Steele (Steve Musco photo)

Tigers Take Ivy Opener 3-0

PRINCETON, N.J. – Princeton features two of the most dynamic offensive threats in the Ivy League in Tyler Lussi and Mimi Asom. Yale held the two in check for 45 minutes but eventually the duo weaved their magic.

Lussi, the reigning Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year, scored a pair of second-half goals, while Asom tallied two assists as the Tigers topped the Bulldogs 3-0 in the Ivy opener for both teams at Roberts Stadium.

The win was the first for a home team in the series since Yale beat the Tigers at Reese Stadium in 2006.

The Bulldogs had been unbeaten in Roberts Stadium, which opened in 2008.

After a scoreless first half, Princeton broke through at the 62-minute mark. Lussi wasn't credited with a point on the goal, but she played a role. Her hard shot banged off the cross bar. The rebound came to Asom, who sent a perfect cross to a wide-open Natalie Larkin. Larkin one-timed it into an empty net.

Lussi's first goal at 71:32 came when she headed home a terrific cross from Jesse McDonough.

The final goal came with just 36 seconds left. This time Lussi headed in a cross from Asom.

The teams each had six shots in the first half, but the Tigers (6-3) outshot the Bulldogs 19-6 over the final 45 minutes.

Goalkeeper Rachel Ames made five saves for Yale (3-4-2).

Hannah Winner stopped three shots to earn the shutout for Princeton.

After playing five straight road games, the Bulldogs return to Reese Stadium next Saturday to host Harvard. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m.

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