Slowly but surely, the Princeton Tigresses are getting healthy and getting their lineup intact. If it is enough to overturn top-seeded Rock Island Alleman in this week’s regional hosted by Princeton remains to be seen.
The action starts Tuesday at the Tiskilwa soccer pitch with Alleman playing No. 4 Hall at 5 p.m.. The No. 2 seeded Tigresses (12-9-2) will face No. 3 DePue at 5 p.m. Wednesday with the winners to meet in Friday’s finals starting at 5 p.m.
Alleman beat Princeton 7-1 previously this season.
“Alleman is a tall order. We will need to play at our full potential to keep them close and have a chance at the end of match,” PHS coach Ed Young said. “If we make mistakes shaping up, covering and marking we will find ourselves in vulnerable position, with them capitalizing.”
Young said the Tigresses will be healthy for the finals, getting sophomore Eliza Young and freshmen Sarah Murray, Jenna Grimmer and Michael Mall back in action from an assortment of ailments..
Another plus will be the homefield advantage.
“The home field crowd can help if we are close,” Young said.
All 12 of Princeton’s wins this season have come by shutout. PHS also threw a 13th shutout in a 0-0 tie vs. Coal City.
The regional winner advances to the Genoa Sectional to face the Rockford Christian Life regional champion at 4:15 p.m. May 20.