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The women’s soccer team has lost two straight Ivy games after falling to Dartmouth in New Hampshire Saturday night. After a scoreless first half, the Big Green broke through in the second and held on to blank the Tigers (4-3-3 overall, 0-2 Ivy League).
The first half was a story of defense. Dartmouth (4-4-1, 1-1), which also kicked off its Ivy season with a loss, opened the game with a shot just five minutes in, but junior goalkeeper Darcy Hargadon was able to save it. For the next 20 minutes the teams fought for possession, as neither was able to create a shooting opportunity. The Tigers broke through with shots in the 29th and 39th minutes by freshman midfielder Jesse McDonough and junior forward/midfielder Lauren Lazo, but both sailed wide. Dartmouth was not able to get another shot off, and the half ended with both teams scoreless and only three shots taken.
The game picked up drastically in the second half, with both teams playing more aggressively. Lazo took another shot just two minutes into the half, but it went wide. In the 52nd minute Dartmouth’s Corey Delaney received a yellow card but retaliated with an unassisted goal 50 seconds later to give Dartmouth the lead, 1-0.
The Tigers had opportunities just two minutes later, with two corner kicks, but were unable to capitalize on either. Dartmouth then had a free kick, which went to Emma Brush for a goal to cement its lead 2-0.
Princeton did not stop fighting, playing more aggressively as time began to run out. The Tigers made some key substitutions in the 61st minute, including junior midfielder Jessica Haley, who took a shot less than a minute after she was subbed in.
In the 76th minute Dartmouth had a corner kick, but Princeton was able to stop the score from getting out of hand. The Tigers then had a corner kick of their own, which led to a shot on goal by Haley, but Dartmouth goalkeeper Tatiana Saunders saved the shot.
Princeton had another corner in the 83rd minute but did not get a chance to score. In the 86th minute senior midfielder/defender Gabriella Guzman threatened to score, but Saunders thwarted that effort as well. The Tigers did not get another chance, making the final score 2-0 for Dartmouth.
Despite the final score, Princeton’s offense looked strong, leading Dartmouth in total shots 6-4 and in corners 4-1. The Tigers have now been shut out three times this season, despite outshooting their opponents 148-108 overall.
The Tigers will look to get their first Ivy win next weekend when they travel to Brown.