Feb. 23, 2013
PRINCETON, N.J. - The stingy Villanova defense held Princeton to just three first-half goals, but a second stanza surge by the Tigers pushed Princeton to a 10-5 victory on Saturday afternoon at the Class of 1952 Stadium. With the loss, Villanova moves to 0-2 on the year while Princeton picked up their season-opening win with the home field advantage.
"Overall we competed. We played hard for the whole game and our defense played really well," said Head Coach Julie Young after the contest. "This was a very different game than a year ago and we're improving each time we take the field. We're learning and moving forward as a team."
Led by senior goalkeeper Amanda Hirschfeld's (Timonium, Md.) eight saves for the day, the Wildcats came out fighting and held the Tigers to just three first half goals despite Princeton having a 15-6 advantage in shots for the starting 30 minutes of play.
Coming out of the locker room, the Wildcats cut the Princeton lead to two after taking advantage of a numbers up situation when freshman Shannon Glavin (Maplewood, N.J.) tallied a score off a Jessica Mucci (Severna Park, Md.) feed just 1:32 into the second half. Less than two minutes later, Kelsey Denihan (Manhasset, N.Y.) connected on a free position shot to further reduce the deficit at 3-2.
The Tigers responded with four unanswered goals to take a 7-2 advantage before Mucci found Ali Judge (Annapolis, Md.) for a score with just over 21 minutes remaining in the contest to make it 7-3.
Following two more Princeton goals, Mucci added a score off an Annie Fallon (Shrewsbury, N.J.) assist at the 14:37 mark while Jackie Froccaro tallied the second Villanova free position goal of the day with just over seven minutes remaining to cut the lead to 9-5.
PU's Stephanie Paloscio would go on to cap the Tigers win with a score with 12 second remaining in the game.
"We came out strong in the second half and had some momentum and a few quick goals. Princeton came back with a couple of transition goals that put them further in the lead, but we played hard," said Young.
The Wildcats will look to rebound when they host Central Connecticut for their first home game of the season on Saturday, March 2nd at Villanova Stadium. Game time is slated for Noon.