Big Green Drop Hard-Fought Battle to Princeton 2-1
HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth men’s soccer team had its program best eight-game unbeaten streak snapped after allowing a pair of goals in the second-half, falling to Princeton, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon to begin Ivy League play.
In the opening half, both sides battled for position multiple times, with Dartmouth the only team coming away with a tally. Princeton had six shots with two headed toward goal, but sophomore Stefan Cleveland made a pair of great saves.
With 15 minutes remaining in the opening period, the Tigers pressured deep in the Dartmouth zone causing Cleveland to make a save on a one-timer by Brendan McSherry. Moments later, Nico Hurtado took a shot from outside the 18-yard box that was punched away.
With the ball in the Dartmouth end, sophomore Sten Stray-Gundersen booted a long pass that found junior Alex Adelabu. The striker used his speed to get around a defender and send a chip shot that hit the far post before dropping over the goal line in the 40th minute.
Trailing 1-0, the Tigers added two tallies in the second-half to secure the victory. The visitors tied the contest after a scramble inside the six-yard box allowed Thomas Sanner the chance to beat Cleveland in the 60th minute. Sanner received a touch pass from Patrick O’Neil after a defender blocked a shot by Hurtado.
Nearly seven minutes later, the Tigers attacked again, this time a volley pass from Joe Saitta found the head of Cameron Porter to give Princeton the lead. Following Porter’s game-winner, neither team allowed another shot to reach the net.
The Big Green’s final push towards goal came with two minutes remaining, but a wide attempt by freshman Alexander Marsh sealed the contest.
Princeton (3-5, 1-0 Ivy) finished with a 12-2 advantage in shots and a 2-1 edge in corner kicks. Cleveland finished with three saves on the night.
Dartmouth (4-1-4, 0-1 Ivy) will have a week off before embarking on a three-game road trip, first meeting Yale next Saturday at 7 p.m.