PRINCETON — The Princeton Tigresses put the pedal to the medal Tuesday night at Bryant Field and did not let up until they had cruised to an 11-3 victory over the IVC Grey Ghosts, marking the 200th victory in the history of Princeton girls soccer.
The Tigresses were led by sophomore forward Kiley Schenck, who recorded a hat trick before 15 minutes had lapsed in the contest. Scoring in the 11th, 14th and 15th minutes, Schenck credited her teammates with her success.
”I think the team was working really well with the through passes and we were talking really well,” Schenck said. “And Michaela (Mall) hit me a few times in there. I was finishing well.”
Teamwork was indeed the name of the game as 10 of the 11 Tigress goals were assisted. Senior Michaela Mall, was attributed with four of those assists, including all three of Schenck’s goals.
Mall, who is often the recipient of assists, said, “I was giving the opportunity to other players. I think our passes worked really well tonight. When I saw Kiley, or whoever, wide open I just passed to them.”
Schenk’s hat trick along with a 11th minute goal by the sister duo of Anna to Sarah Murray paced the Tigresses to an early 4-0 lead. Senior Jenna Grimmer added a goal in the 33rd minute and Princeton went into halftime with a 5-2 advantage.
“We’re seeing the field really well,” PHS coach Ed Young said of the scoring barrage. “We’re moving more intelligently – very unselfish play. In fact, there may have been too many passes sometimes. That’s just our team. They’re just good girls and a good team and looking for the pass instead of thinking selfish. Especially when the game is in hand.”
The action in the second half was fast and furious as there were five goals netted in the first eight minutes, four of them by the Tigresses.
Princeton was paced in the second half by sophomore Vicki Tieman who had two goals (42nd and 47th minutes) plus an assist and Grimmer who added her second goal (48th minute) and two assists.
“I feel like we’re all having a lot more fun,” Grimmer commented when asked how the team that started out 0-3 has turned things around. “Once we’re having fun we work better together. I think that was shown tonight through our teamwork.”
When junior Ceara Kinnamon converted a pass from sophomore Kelly VanDenBussche just into the 54th minute to give the Tigresses a seven goal advantage (10-3), the clock was halved as per IHSA rules.
A dominating victory over a team that has been a long time rival and has a great program was a rather unexpected means of earning the program’s 200th win.
“I was proud of this team tonight,” Grimmer said. “I felt we were unselfish.There were lots of opportunities for Michaela and Kiley and all the forwards to beat the defenders, but instead they gave the assist or they gave the through ball. It showed really good team character. I’m just proud of everybody for working as a team.”
Lydia Smallwood scored on an assist by Tieman in the 44th minute and Sarah Murray capped off the scoring with her second goal of the night on an assist by Grimmer in the 60th minute.
The Tigresses take a 6-6-1 record to tournament play at Coal City Saturday.
• Notes: The PHS program which Young headed up 2001 now stands at 200-101-23.
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