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Weekend recap: Women's VB tops Penn, football ekes out a win, soccer wins, WP success

<h5>Elena Montgomery (middle) had 18 kills in the season sweep against Penn.</h5>
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Elena Montgomery (middle) had 18 kills in the season sweep against Penn.
Photo via GoPrincetonTigers.com

Women’s Volleyball vs. Penn 

This past Friday, the women’s volleyball team (13–3 overall, 7–1 Ivy League) competed and won against Penn (5–12 overall, 2–6 Ivy League) for the second time this season. In a 5 set game, the Tigers secured a 3–2 win over the Quakers (25–13, 25–14, 21–25, 30–32, 16–14). Junior setter Lindsey Kelly led the team with 2 aces, 60 assists, and 22 digs. Determined not to let Princeton walk away with a 3–0 win a second time, the Quakers tied the game in sets 3 and 4. In the last set, two kills from junior Elena Montgomery gave the Tigers an advantage, leading them to victory. They will be competing in another league game at Harvard on Friday, Oct. 29. 

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FH vs. Harvard and Monmouth 

The field hockey team (8–6 overall, 4–1 Ivy League) fell to No. 12 Harvard Crimson (13–1 overall, 5–0 Ivy League) in a penalty shootout this past Saturday afternoon (2–1). Prior to this game, both teams were undefeated in the league. The Tigers were the first to score in the opening period as junior midfielder Sammy Popper tipped in a shot from sophomore midfielder Sam Davidson from the top of the circle. However, the Crimson were quick to tie the game in the second period. A scoreless second half on both ends led to double OT. Still tied at the end of overtime, the teams moved to a penalty shootout in which Harvard managed to find the net in all three tries, taking the point for a 2–1 victory. The team then fell 2–3 in OT against Monmouth on Tuesday and will take on Brown on Saturday, Oct. 30.

WSOC vs. Harvard  

The women’s soccer team (12–2–1 overall, 4–1–0 Ivy League) added to their win streak in a shutout against Harvard (10–2–1 overall, 3–2–0 Ivy League) 1–0. Although the Crimson dominated the field in the first half of the game, the Tigers managed to keep them from scoring. Senior goalie Grace Barabara had seven impressive saves against the Crimson. At the end of the second half, senior forward Tatum Gee intercepted a backwards pass from Harvard’s defense and chipped it into the net. Princeton is now second in the league, right behind the Brown Bears. The Tigers will be playing against Cornell in another league game on Saturday, Oct. 30. 

MSOC vs. Harvard and Fordham 

Men’s soccer ​​(8–5–0 overall, 4–0–0 Ivy League) remains first and undefeated in the Ivy league after a 4–1 win against the Harvard Crimson (5–5–3 overall, 0–2–2 Ivy League). While Harvard scored first in the opening half, junior defender Lucas Gen quickly answered with a goal of his own just minutes after. The two teams entered the half tied at 1–1. Within 5 minutes of the second half, senior midfielder Kevin O’Toole pounded the net with three goals, assisted by sophomore midfielder Malik Pinto, first-year midfielder James Wangsness, and junior forward Daniel Diaz Bonilla. The goals gave the Tigers a 4–1 advantage and secured the league win. The team also defeated Fordham 2–1 on Sherrerd field on Tuesday, and their next league game will be against Cornell on Saturday, Oct. 30. 

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FB vs. Harvard

In an exciting homecoming game at Powers Field, the Princeton Tigers (6–0 overall, 3–0 Ivy League) secured an 18–16 win in 5OT against Harvard (5–1 overall, 2–1 Ivy League). Two field goals from first-year kicker Jeffrey Sexton and a touchdown off of a punt return by senior wide receiver Cash Goodhart gave the Tigers the advantage. However, Harvard answered with two field goals and a touchdown of their own. At the end of regulation, the two teams were tied at 13–13. In a back and forth 4OT play, neither team seemed to be able to take the lead. The Tigers secured a win during the 5th OT with a complete pass to senior wide receiver Jacob Bremlin in the corner of the end zone. When it came to Harvard’s turn, senior defensive back Trevor Forbes slapped the ball away from the Crimson’s offense. Princeton is now the only undefeated team in the league. The Tigers will be competing in another league game against Cornell on the road this Friday, Oct. 29. 

For more on the homecoming game, check out our photo essay.

MWP Julian Fraser Memorial Tournament 

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No. 12 Princeton Tigers (19–6 overall) returned from the Julian Fraser Memorial Tournament in California with three wins and one loss. On Friday night, sophomore center George Caras scored the winning goal against Santa Clara (11–11 overall) with only nine seconds left in regulation, giving the Tigers a 12–11 victory. 

Saturday afternoon brought an even more exciting game, this time against Air Force (4–7 overall) in double OT 11–10. Although Princeton trailed for the majority of the game, goals by first-year utility Roco Pozaric and junior attacker Keller Maloney tied the score 9–9. Junior utility Joan Coloma scored the final goal, securing the win for the Tigers. That evening, Princeton played against San Jose State (14–12 overall) and lost 11–7. While the Tigers entered the second half leading 4–2, the Spartans managed to pull ahead by 4 with just 6 minutes left of the last quarter. 

Following the loss against San Jose, Princeton made a comeback against Biola (1–18 overall) with a 15–5 win on Sunday. The Tigers ended the first half with a strong 9–1 lead and continued to dominate the rest of the game. 

The team will be competing in the Northeast Water Polo Conference to end their regular season. They will take on Harvard on the road on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 9 a.m. 

Julia Nguyen is a staff writer for the News and Sports sections at the 'Prince.' She can be reached at trucn@princeton.edu or on instagram at @jt.nguyen. 

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