Tiger Girls Soccer clipped by C-I in opener

The Princeton girls soccer squad opened its 2012 season a little late at Cambridge Aug. 23 after the lightning delay pushed the game back 40 minutes. The Tigers matched up well with the Bluejackets in the nonconference bout but fell by a 2-0 score.

Cambridge-Isanti took a 1-0 lead on a roller into the left corner at 4:32 into the match. The Tigers engaged in a quick back-and-forth affair, with Taylor Laabs and Suzi Voce creating chances with a couple nice give-and-gos. Alanna Mattson also got off good shots when the Tigers continued pressure.

The Bluejackets defense did a good job keeping Princeton to the outside the remainder of the half, and PHS keeper Erica Schramel came up with a big save as the first-half clock ticked down. C-I added the lone goal in the second half to pull out the win.

“Speed is one of our advantages this year. But with that, we sort of lose the possession control. So for the last two weeks, we’ve been working on slowing that down – supporting around the ball,” analyzed Tiger Coach Heidi Beckman. “With the longer grass at Cambridge, we’re not used to that, and we kind of lost sight of our possession play and went for more long balls.”

She continued, “We used the game as a chance to look at all 22 players on the varsity, mixing up the combinations a lot. Cambridge did a good job spreading the ball from sideline to sideline, which is exactly what we want to do. They have depth, and getting our girls to defend against someone like that on a big field was something we got out of the game.”