HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth women’s soccer team fell to No. 14 Princeton in Saturday’s first home conference game for the Big Green.
The 2-0 win was secured by Tigers’ leading scorer Abby Givens, who scored both goals in the second period. The home team’s offense tallied up eight shots, including three on goal, but was unable to find the back of the net.
In the 68th minute of play, Givens received a pass from teammate Courtney O’Brien, and beat out Dartmouth defenders to send a shot to the left post in the net.
The Big Green continued to hold defensive pressure and take scoring chances throughout, but in the 81st minute, Givens found the net again, this time from Olivia Sheppard, splitting through defenders and sending it past the fingertips of goalkeeper Mariel Gordon.
“Throughout the 90 minutes today, some of the things we worked on in practice and wanted to see in the games came to fruition,” said head coach Ron Rainey. “We did a nice job of turning away from pressure and joining our midfield with our forwards, and we had times when individuals were brave and took people on one versus one.
“Princeton is a good team, and you can see why they are ranked high in the country right now. Overall, I think this is one of our better games from an effort and determination standpoint. We are close, and now we need something a little extra special to put us over the hump.”
Shots were almost even, with Dartmouth taking eight and Princeton seven. Gordon came away with two saves and keeper for the Tigers, Natalie Grossi, grabbed three. This is the fourth straight loss for the Big Green, who move to 4-5-0, 0-2-0 in the Ivy League, while Princeton improves to 9-1-0 and 2-0-0 in conference action.
Dartmouth will return to its home field on Monday night when it hosts UMass Lowell in the last non-conference game scheduled.