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Weekend recap: Soccer success, cross country invitationals, and a field hockey overtime win

<h5>Princeton’s mascot watches the game in front of the home fans.</h5>
<h6>Angel Kuo / The Daily Princetonian</h6>
Princeton’s mascot watches the game in front of the home fans.
Angel Kuo / The Daily Princetonian

Football vs. Columbia

In an Ivy League home opener against the Columbia Lions (2–1 overall, 0–1 Ivy League), Princeton (3–0, 1–0) dominated the field, winning 24–7. Check out staff writers Wilson Conn’s and Julia Nguyen’s article for more details of the Tigers’ win. Senior running back Collin Eaddy reached over 2,000 career rushing yards in the game, the seventh player in Princeton football history to do so.


Women’s Cross Country Invitationals

On Friday, the women’s cross country team competed at both the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational and the Paul Short Open Run. The Tigers finished 16th out of 25 teams at Notre Dame with sophomore Fiona Max leading Princeton with a time of 17:00.3 in the 5K. Max placed 48th with junior Abigail Loveys following in 72nd place (17:16.9).

In the Paul Short Race Open 6K, sophomores Lucy Huelskamp (22:02.1), Tsion Yared (22:03.5), and Luci Doogan (22:05.9) finished in sixth, seventh, and eighth place out of 291, respectively. 

Princeton will be hosting an invitational on Saturday, Oct. 16 at the West Windsor Fields.

Men’s Cross Country Invitationals

Men’s cross country placed 3rd out of 40 teams at the Paul Short run this past Friday. In the Men’s College Gold 8K, the Tigers stood behind the North Carolina Tar Heels (56 points) and Villanova Wildcats (57 points) with 72 points total. Five runners placed in the first 21. Senior Kevin Berry led the team with a time of 23:43.5. He was followed by sophomores Anthony Monte (23:47.1) and Joshua Zelek (23:47.4), first-year Nicholas Bendtsen (23:49.5), and senior Jakob Kintzele (23:53.1).


Four runners also ran the open 8K race. Senior Ed Trippas earned first place with a time of 24:30.5. Senior Sam Ellis (24:41.6) placed fifth, followed by sophomore Nate Tavakolian (24:47.9) in ninth, sophomore Jack Stanley (24:50.7) in 10th, and senior Fahd Nasser (24:55.3) in 14th.

The men’s team will be travelling to Tallahassee, Fla. for a pre-nationals invitational on Friday, Oct. 15.

Women’s Soccer vs. Dartmouth

Women’s soccer (9–1–1 overall, 2–0 Ivy League) returned from Dartmouth (4–4–1, 0–2–0) with their second Ivy League shutout of the season with a score of 3–0. The Tigers’ offense pounded the net with eight shots on goal. Senior forward Tatum Gee scored about 12 minutes into the game off an assist from first-year midfielder Lily Bryant, giving them a 1–0 advantage against the Big Green. Princeton was able to score twice more in the first half in the span of 2 minutes. Senior forward Gabi Juarez, assisted by sophomore forward Jen Estes, added to the scoreboard, with another goal from the Gee and Bryant duo following. No goal was scored in the second half. They will be on the road against Brown this coming Saturday, Oct. 9 at 3 p.m.

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Men’s Soccer vs. Dartmouth

After a tough loss against Saint Joseph’s (4–7 overall, 2–1 Atlantic 10) last Tuesday, the men’s soccer team (4–4 overall, 1–0 Ivy League) made an impressive comeback on the road in an Ivy League opener against Dartmouth. The game was an intense match up between the two teams, but Princeton battled hard, walking away with a 3–2 double overtime (OT) win. A goal deflected by sophomore forward Walker Gillespie, assisted by first-year midfielder James Wangsness and junior forward Daniel Diaz-Bonilla, gave the Tigers an early 1–0 advantage in the first half. Sophomore midfielder Malik Pinto had an undeniably successful Ivy debut with key plays and two goals that led the team to victory.

Although the Tigers led the Big Green by two in the second half, Dartmouth managed to close the gap. Princeton persevered, and in the second OT period, Pinto received the ball from senior midfielder/forward Kevin O’Toole and quickly sent it into the bottom left corner of the net, securing a crucial win for the team.

Men’s soccer is now 4–4 overall and 1–0 in the league. They will be on the road against Temple University (1–5–2 overall, 0–4 American Athletic) on Wednesday, Oct. 6.

Women’s Volleyball vs. Harvard

After a Friday win against Dartmouth  (8–4 overall, 0–3 Ivy League), women’s volleyball (9–2, 3–0) defeated Harvard (5–7, 2–1) in a tight five-set match on Saturday. The Tigers and Crimson traded the first four sets 25–20, 24–26, 25–16, and 19–25 before an eventual close Princeton victory at 15–13 in the fifth set. Following the victories, senior middle blocker Julia Schner was honored as Ivy League Player of the Week for women’s volleyball.

The team now has a 9–2 record and will take on Cornell (2–6–2 overall, 1–1–0 Ivy League) in Ithaca on Friday, Oct. 8.

Field Hockey vs. UConn

Following their win against Yale (4–5 overall, 1–1 Ivy League) on Friday, the Tigers played the University of Connecticut Huskies (5–7 overall, 2–1 Big East) and walked away from Bedford with a 2–1 OT win. Although UConn was the first to score, Princeton battled to even the game – and their efforts were met with success. First-year midfielder Beth Yeager scored both of Princeton’s goals with assists from junior striker Ali McCarthy, forward/midfielder Ophelie Bemelmans, and midfielder Sammy Popper.

The team is now 5–5 overall and 2–0 in the league. They will be on the road against Dartmouth (4–6 overall, 0–2 Ivy League) on Saturday, Oct. 9.

Julia Nguyen is a staff writer for the news and sports sections at the 'Prince'. She can be reached at or on Instagram at @jt.nguyen.