Last Saturday, in their first game of Ivy League play this season, women’s soccer was defeated by Yale 1—0 at Roberts Stadium in Princeton. After Yale scored in the 17th minute, the Tigers could not come back, resulting in a critical loss early in the season.
The Bulldogs put the pressure on Princeton right from the beginning of the game, with two shots in the first four minutes and two corner kicks before the 10 minute mark. A shot from Yale’s Noelle Higginson went high but was followed up a minute later by Bulldog Aerial Chavarin who found the back of the net with a shot across the goal box, bringing the team up 1—0.
Princeton got their first shot of the game in the 22nd minute from freshman defender Madison Curry, but the would-be goal was saved by Yale’s keeper, Alyssa Fagel. The Tigers’ second shot came around 10 minutes later from junior midfielder Olivia Kane, who headed the ball toward goal, but it went wide. Curry had another shot on target two minutes later, which Fagel once again blocked. The team had three more shots on goal before the first half ended.
The first 45 minutes saw six fouls from Princeton and seven fouls and two yellow cards from Yale.
In the second half, Princeton pushed for a comeback, which never materialized. Junior defender Eve Hewins had two shots in a row in the 56th minute, both of which were blocked. Kane had another header shot that went wide three minutes later. Senior forward/midfielder Tomi Kennedy hit one on target in the 73rd minute but was blocked by Yale’s Fagel. The game finished 1—0 in the Bulldogs’ favor.
Saturday’s loss was head coach Sean Driscoll’s first ever to Yale and the team’s first since 2013. Until this past weekend, his record against the team was 3—0—1. Princeton still leads the all—time series 26—13—3.
The Tigers, who have been Ivy League champions for the past two seasons, can likely only afford one loss this season to still be competitive for the conference title, meaning that another defeat would all but end their hopes for a three-peat. The team lost one game each in the 2017 and 2018 seasons, to Columbia and Brown respectively.
The Tigers will head to Hanover, NH this weekend for Saturday’s game against Dartmouth. Princeton currently leads the all—time series between the two teams 19—16—3. Coach Driscoll has never lost a game to the Big Green, although last year’s matchup was the Tigers’ only tie, at 0—0, for that season.