PRINCETON — The Princeton Tigers were up for the challenge at the Bryant Field soccer pitch Monday night.
The Stillman Valley Cardinals brought a physical brand of soccer and the Tigers matched them blow by blow. The Tigers’ defense made a goal by junior Braden Smith defnder late in the first half stand up for a 1-0 victory in the season opener for the 2017 season.
“It was a tough physical match. Stillman played a physical brand of soccer, and I feel like we handled it well,” PHS coach David Gray said. “It was not the most attractive soccer, but we are happy with a win. I believe we have plenty of room for improvement, but that is to be expected for the start of the season.”
PHS’ Brett Schenck said the Tigers were ready for what the Cardinals were bringing.
“They came out very physical in the beginning, but we matched it right away. Once Stillman realized we weren’t easy to push around, the game turned in our favor,” he said.
The Princeton F/S won much more easily, posting a 5-2 victory. Jamie Reinhardt led the Tigers attack with three goals with Eli Grundman and Jacob Swift adding one each.
• Tiger tales: The Tigers returned to action Tuesday at Ottawa. They will head to the Oregon Tournament Friday and Saturday.
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