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Princeton University men's soccer vs. Boston University, Princeton, NJ, September 15, 2018.

By Beverly Schaefer

Tonight, the men’s soccer team will take the short trip over to Lawrenceville, New Jersey, to take on its neighbor Rider (12–5–2 overall, 6–2–2 conference) at 7 p.m. Princeton (3–3 overall) has rebounded after a slow start to its season, winning its last two games at its temporary home field of Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium, which is usually the lacrosse field. Both the men’s and women’s soccer teams have been moved there from Myslik Field at Roberts Stadium for the last week due to the heavy rain Princeton got the weekend of Sept. 8. 

One player to watch in this game will be senior forward Jeremy Colvin. Colvin was named the Ivy League Player of the Week and the Athlete of the Week. In the two games that the Tigers played last week, Colvin had four points and scored the game-winning goals. Against Temple, for his first goal of the season, Colvin scored the overtime winner. Against Boston University, Colvin broke a scoreless tie in minute 61 with a header volley in off a poor clear by the Terriers’ goalie. 

One thing Princeton has done well is relentless pressure on attack, having doubled the number of shots of its opponents so far this season. Unfortunately, the Tigers have faced some good goalies, and these shots haven’t all been able to translate into goals, but the continued pressure should start yielding results soon. In addition, Princeton has been better disciplined so far this season than its opponents, receiving only eight yellow cards to its opponents’ 18. 

The Tigers’ opponent, Rider, has struggled so far this season, losing in tough double overtime to Lehigh and then to Long Island University (LIU) Brooklyn 3–0. They also faced loss after the suspension of their All-MAAC back Sylvain Coco after a red card when Rider played Temple. Coco’s return against Princeton should help return the Broncos’ defense to where it has been so far this season. 

For those who may not be able to make the ten-minute drive over to Rider’s campus, Wednesday’s game will also be streamed on ESPN+ for those that have a subscription. In addition, it is possible to follow along with the game live with updates provided by Sidearm Sports. Links to this page can be found through the Princeton men’s soccer schedule page or the Rider men’s soccer schedule page. 

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