Women’s soccer head coach Julie Shackford registered her 200th career win as Princeton’s head coach Saturday when Princeton dominated Brown, winning by a final score of 5-0. The Tigers have played well the past four games, beating Yale, Lehigh and now Brown, as well as tying Dartmouth. The win placed the Tigers (4-4-4 overall, 2-0-1 Ivy League) in a two-way tie with Harvard for first place in the Ivy League, and dropped Brown down to a tie for last place. The Tigers played incredibly well, with notable performances by senior goalkeeper Darcy Hargadon and sophomore offensive players Haley Chow and Tyler Lussi, who scored two and three goals, respectively.
“We were so excited to be able to deliver 200 wins to Coach Shackford during her last season. There were no gaps in our lines. We were first to every ball, and we worked as a unit moving well off each other. Coming off of Lehigh, we had the confidence and the motivation to put Brown away,” said Lussi. Schackford announced earlier this year that this would be her 20th and final season.
The first two goals of the game were scored by Haley Chow in the first 16 minutes. The first goal happened at 2:19, when Chow shot the ball from 25 yards away straight into the goal, unassisted. At 15 minutes, Chow headed a ball into the net off a free kick by freshman defender Natalie Larkin, giving Princeton a 2-0 lead. Saturday’s game was Chow’s first career two-goal game.
“Haley has worked so hard through this season becoming a dominant midfielder,” said Lussi. “The early goal inspired us, and everyone responded. It was Coach Shackford’s own brand of beautiful soccer.”
Four minutes after Chow’s second goal, at 18:21, Lussi scored the first of her three goals, with assists by freshman forward Mikaela Symanovitch and senior defender Lauren Lazo. Symanovitch sent the ball forward, while Lazo redirected it, allowing Lussi a one-touch into the net. Symanovitch and Lazo assisted Lussi again in her next goal in the 57th minute when the ball rebounded off Lazo across the end line, and Symanovitch passed it to Lussi for the goal. The final goal, completing Lussi’s hat trick, came in the 61st minute with junior defender Catherine Hartigan passing the ball from midfield for Lussi to volley it into the goal.
Lussi’s three goals were a career high, putting her at nine goals so far this season, leading the team. The last Tiger to score a hat trick was Lazo in 2012. Lazo has 25 Princeton career goals and is one place above Lussi, who is in 13th place, in Princeton’s all-time career list. Lazo, with the second-highest number of goals this season, now has a total of five goals and six assists, the most assists of any player, while Symanovitch, with the second-highest number of assists on the team, has three.
Hargadon played exceptionally well in goal, completing her second shutout this season and seventh in her career. Hargadon, who played the entire 90-minute game, had one save on only six shots from Brown. In contrast, Brown’s goalkeepers had one save on a total of 18 shots from Princeton.
“Darcy had an incredible game," Lussi said. "She has the toughest job and performed perfectly, motivating the rest of us to play even better.”
Saturday’s game marked the first time that Princeton scored five goals in a game against Brown and brought the all-time series total closer to being even, with the Bears leading 17-16-4.
Optimistic after the win, Lussi said, “Looking ahead, we’re confident and playing even better than expected. If we keep this up, we can take this all the way.”