PRINCETON, N.J. — Down 2-0 late in the first half, No. 13 Princeton had a pair of two-goal outbursts to even the game and then go ahead in a 4-3 win against No. 6 Penn State in the team’s home opener on Thursday at Class of ’52 Stadium.
Freshman Allison Evans and sophomore Amanda Bird each scored twice for the Tigers as they bounced back from last Sunday’s loss to No. 10 American. Freshman Sydney Kirby had three assists in the win, as she helped set up the second, third and fourth Princeton goals.
Penn State scored the game’s first two goals on similar plays off of penalty corners. The Nittany Lions made the short pass on both corners as Whitney Reddig shoved the ball to Kelsey Amy, who scored her third and fourth goals of the season. The first deflected off a Princeton defender and the second went straight in on the short side. The first goal came in the fourth minute and the second 10 minutes later.
Princeton countered with two goals in a three-minute span later in the half. Evans made the score 2-1 in the 27th minute when she received a centering pass from senior Rachel Neufeld and deposited it in the back of the net. It was Evans again three minutes later tying up the game at 2-2 as she and Kirby found themselves all alone with Penn State goalie Ayla Halus. Kirby chipped the ball to Evans, who scored on the backhand.
The Tigers continued to pressure Penn State and went ahead 10 minutes into the second half with two goals in less than two minutes. The first came on a corner as Kirby inserted the ball to Bird, who shot and scored, and the second came as Kirby chipped it to Bird on the right side.
Penn State would pressure Princeton over the remaining 25 minutes but could only crack Tiger goalie Christina Maida once as Hannah Allison scored in the 56th minute. Maida made all four of her saves in the second half as all four came on shots off direct corners and their rebounds.
Penn State outshot Princeton 10-7 and had five corners to Princeton’s three. Halus made one save in the loss for Penn State.
The win moves Princeton to 2-1 on the season and gave Princeton its first against a ranked opponent this season. Princeton has now won four of five in its series with Penn State. The Nittany Lions fell to 2-3 with the loss. Princeton continues its home weekend on Sunday when Richmond visits Class of ’52 Stadium.
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