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Tigresses get 'monkey off our back'

Published: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 4:05 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 10:56 p.m. CDT

TISKILWA — A corner kick gave the Princeton Tigresses all the offense they would need to record their first win of the soccer season Tuesday.

Mallorie Wheeler scored on a corner kick from Eliza Young in the 39th minute to defeat the Dixon Duchesses 1-0 at the Tiskilwa soccer pitch. Junior keeper Kelly Schmidt pitched the shutout on goal. The win and the goals were the first for the Tigresses in four contests.

"It wasn't pretty, but it is a goal and a win," PHS coach Ed Young said. "It's great to get the monkey off our back. The first goal of season relieves pressure as does getting first win. We have a very motivated team and they push hard to make things happen. But, forcing play into pressure is not a recipe for success.

"We are learning to identify the numbers situation and change the point of attack to relieve pressure; meanwhile, we have to know we have time to take the extra touch to prepare the ball for a clean strike."

Young said the Illinois spring weather has presented his young team challenges with limited outdoor preparation, but he expects them to continue to grow with more experience on the field.

PHS, which fell 5-0 to Morris on Monday, returns home to face IVC Thursday.

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