Tiger girls soccer blanks Thunder 3-0, ties Esko

Princeton girls soccer earned a 3-0 non-conference win over host Zimmerman Aug. 27 for its second win on the young season. Scoring for the Tigers were Alanna Mattson, Ashley Schramel and Jordan Blomquist.

“A lot of girls pulling their weight; we have seven goals by six different scorers so far this season. Our combinations and off-the-ball runners were stronger than they have been,” described Tiger Coach Heidi Finstad. “Defensively, we are getting very strong as this was a solid performance from all of our defenders. Kieran Lekatz has been a great silent leader for us. We are getting more comfortable looking for feet when we come out of the back, and that tells me we are getting more confident.

“Offensively, Ashley Schramel did a great job dropping the ball into dangerous space. Jordan Suter, Jordan Blomquist and Taylor Laabs made some solid runs to give us some great scoring opportunities. We had several center mids take shots from outside the box in the Zimmerman game, and that is what we need. We are harder to defend if we are shooting from several different areas.”

Princeton 0, Esko 0 2OT

The Tigers tied their section-partner Eskomos in a scoreless home match on Aug. 29.

“Esko is a good match for us, but I felt like the physical play kept us from doing things we have been trying to do. Physically, they tried to get under our skin, and I think they achieved that. We didn’t stay connected as a group, and we resorted to kicking the ball away,” noted Coach Finstad. “It was a much different game than what we saw in Zimmerman where we were able to control the play. As we move into the post-season, we will have to keep on-the-field emotions intact and not let that change the way we play.”