TISKILWA — The Tiskilwa soccer pitch was active once again Monday after a long wait as the Princeton Tigress faced off against the Dunlap Eagles. The Tigresses got off to an early lead, but fell to Dunlap 4-3.
“Its tough to open the season at home with a loss,” PHS coach Ed Young said. “We started the game really good, we scored early, and we were linking passes together, and then we fell into a frenzy and they capitalized on it.”
Dunlap out-shot the Tigresses 5-4 and had four more corner-kick opportunities (5-1) than PHS.
“Dunlap is a strong team. I’m really impressed with how they play as a team even with young players. They’re very talented, very fast and organized,” Young said.
The Tigresses started off the match with a goal from senior Jasmine Kunkel in the opening second minute of the game with the assist from Bryce Pharmer.
Dunlap retaliated with a goal of its own, and increased its lead with another goal with 21 minutes left in the half. Both teams battled and remained scoreless going into halftime with Dunlap leading 2-1.
Dunlap opened up with a goal 10 minutes into the half. In the 24 minutes left in the half, Kunkel connected with Senior Alyssa Thompson, who checked back to her right foot and bended the ball into the bottom corner of the net around Dunlap’s keeper.
A minute later Dunlap responded with a goal of its own after the ball bounced off the side post. The Tigresses pulled within one with an 8-minute goal from Alyssa Thompson with an assist from Kunkel, but Dunlap held on and won 4-3 as the clock expired.
“I was pleased with my girls’ effort. There was never any quit and we will continue to work hard,” Young said.
• Notes: The two teams’ F/S squads played to a 1-1 tie with Michelle Kelly scoring for PHS. ... The Tigresses return to action at 6 p.m. Tuesday at home vs. Sterling.