TISKILWA — Not only did Princeton hold Coal City scoreless during the first half Tuesday, but the Tigers kept the Coalers from seriously threatening their net.
Top-seeded Princeton won 10-2 over the Coal City in a semifinal match at the Class 1A Princeton Boys Soccer Regional. The Tigers (15-4-4) will meet Wilmington in the regional championship at 11 a.m. Saturday. Seeded third, Wilmington upset No. 2 DePue 3-2 on penalty kicks in Tuesday’s late semifinal match.
Tyler Marvin contributed a career-high four goals to the Princeton cause — two in each half. The senior, who did not play soccer in 2012, says he has had “three or four” hat tricks this season.
“After we were done scoring the first two in the first half, just our touches were better and crosses, (which) helped out,” Marvin said. “It feels good.”
Senior Dylan Schaefer scored the first of his three goals to break an 11:22 scoreless stretch at the beginning of the match. Marvin then scored the second Princeton goal about four minutes later and the third less than a minute after that. Goals by Jacob Estrada and Schaefer pushed the Princeton lead to 5-0 by the 18:04 mark of the second half.
“It’s great to get out to an early three, four (goal lead). It should make us relax a little more, and I think it did in the first half,” Princeton coach Jason Bird said. “Then in the second half, we just got a little sloppy, and our intensity defensive-wise wasn’t very good.”
Coal City broke the shutout on a goal credited to Clay Kauzlaric at the 37:09 mark of the second half. Less than a minute later, a goal the other way added to the Princeton lead, and Marvin scored again before Eddie Frese notched the second Coal City goal on an assist from Andrew Elledge. Goals by Marvin, Schaefer and Brenton Schmidt completed the scoring.
“We came into this game with the mindset of we need to hold them at bay,” Coal City coach Todd Painter said. “Unfortunately we were not able to start our regular starting defense today, and it kind of took a toll.”
Bird said the Tigers will play a good game Saturday to beat Wilmington.
Wilmington 3, DePue 2 (PK): DePue’s season came to a crashing end, falling to Wilmington 4-1 on penalty kicks. Carlos Acosta gave the Little Giants a 2-1 lead in overtime with six minutes remaining. Wilmington’s Jason Kulpa answered two minutes later to tie the game at the end of OT.
DePue bows out with a school-best record of 12-4.
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