A “hat trick” of sunshine, soccer, and success were served up at Bryant Field Monday night as the Princeton Tigers gained their second shutout of the season, winning 3-0 over Orion-Sherrard United. The victory improves PHS’ record to 9-1-2.
Princeton coach David Gray knew his Tigers were up against a higher intensity team.
“A quicker pace with the ball through midfield, scoring earlier, and not letting teams stay in the game were some of the things we’ve talked about,” he said.
The Big Blue put that talk into action early when Jayden Pinter kicked a 10-yard line drive goal six minutes into the match to get the first Tiger point on the board.
“Cade (Harrison) just thew it at me. I knew I could hit it from out there so I went for a rip and got it in the top corner,“ Pinter said.
Ten minutes later, Mason Nave fed the ball to Brett Schenck, who kicked a booming drive to the net, scoring the first of his two goals for the day to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
“I was trying to get a ball that would rattle everyone and just slide it home,” Schenck said. “I was just trying to be a clean-up guy and get a ball that was easier to put away.”
Most of the action in the first half was PHS continually threatening United goalie Cole Lievens. Tiger goalie Josh Reinhardt, however, could’ve caught up on some homework with his alone time as his defenders put up a wall at midfield.
“Yeah, scoring early like that takes a lot of pressure off not only me, but the defense too,” Reinhardt said.
Schenck tallied his second score of the match at 37 minutes in the first half with another big kick to the back of the net to extend the Tiger lead 3-0.
“We had an unfortunate header off the crossbar and I was just there to clean it up, “ Schenck said. “We started to link up better at midfield and playing shorter balls to make the game quicker.”
The Tigers held their halftime lead for the rest of the match, although Gray noticed the pace on both teams slowed in the second half.
“I wish we could’ve found that gear again,” he said. “I worked the bench a little more and sometimes you lose a little chemistry with the new guys coming in. But it was our second shutout of the year, so that’s good for Josh and the backline.”
The evening JV match was won by Orion-Sherrard 6-3.
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