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Tigers take fourth at Oregon Tournament

Published: Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 2:07 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 2:14 p.m. CDT
(BCR photo/Jeff Schlesinger)
PHS junior Tyler Wood sneaks in a goal past the Rockford Christian Life keeper in Friday’s tournament play at Oregon. PHS won the game 4-0 on the way to a fourth-place finish.
(BCR photo/Jeff Schlesinger)
Princeton’s Drew Pranka makes a header for the Tigers in tournament play Friday at Oregon.

OREGON — The Princeton Tigers placed fourth in the Oregon Soccer Tournament over the weekend.

They finished with a 2-2 record, falling to Monmouth-Roseville 3-1 in their final game, playing for third place.

First-year PHS coach Dave Gray called it a great learning experience against some quality competition.

“We feel good about how we played, although we would have liked some better results. We can learn from this weekend and look forward to our next match on Tuesday at Sterling,” he said.

The Tigers struck first in the third-place match with Brenton Schmidt scoring on an assist from Tanner Kuhne in the 28th minute. M-R tied the game five minutes later and scored twice more for the 3-1 win.

PHS opened Friday with a 4-0 shutout over Rockford Christian Life. Garrett Duffin passed to Schmidt and scored on an assist from Kuhne in the first five minutes as PHS struck quickly. Duffin added another assist to Tyler Wood and Kuhne scored unassisted to wrap up the PHS victory.

Princeton had 18 shots; Rockford Christian Life just 2 shots, both saved by PHS keeper Isaac Salazar.

Also Friday, PHS fell to Keith School 3-1 with Duffin scoring on assist from Jayden Pinter in the 49th minute.

The Tigers were shutout 2-0 by Rock Island in their first match of the day Saturday. They had just one shot on goal.

PHS came back to top Westminster Christian 3-0 with Salazar stopping all 12 shots on goal. Duffin scored a hat trick with assists to Drew Pranka and Tristan Franklin.

Rock Island beat Keith School on penalty kicks for the championship.

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