Tiger fight ends in stalemate

Thaddeus Carroll, Union-Times
Anna Jungroth kicks the ball down the line on Saturday Aug. 26.

St. Cloud Tech and Princeton battled in the mist and fog Saturday, but left with no clear victor.
The two Tiger squads finished ninety minutes deadlocked at a 1-1 tie, Saturday, at Princeton High School.
Like the end result, the first half was a back-and-forth affair. Neither team threatened the opposing goalie with worthwhile attempts until pay dirt struck from thin air.
18 minutes in, a long pass from the Tech midfield somehow navigated through two Princeton defenders onto the foot of Emilee Miller. She squared to the goal and let it rip from about 15 yards out, past the diving keeper Sydney Eckert, off the right goal post, and sputtering over the goal line.
Princeton fought back consistently pressuring the left side of the Tech defense. During the remainder of the half Princeton forward Emily Moore consistently sped into the corner and sent crosses into the box without a recipient, but Ashley Tibbetts fought hard for control of Moore’s pass with 2:18 left in the half, pivoted with her back to the goal before knocking home a shot with her right foot.
Once Princeton drew blood they were hot on the scent. Seconds into the second half, Princeton’s top returning goal-scorer, Kara Schramel had a one-on-one opening with the Tech goalie, but found Becca Nikolas’ stomach. Moore had a similar shot and result minutes later as the Tigers outshot St. Cloud 5-1 in the second half controlled the ball in the offensive zone for nearly all of the final 13 minutes, but remained tied for overtime.
“We had more opportunities than they did,” Princeton coach Pat Arens said. “We’ve got a lot of young girls playing this year and they have to learn how to finish around the net. By the end of the year we’ll be fine.”
The first period of two five-minute periods felt similar to the second half. Princeton found control inside the box, including a shot from Schramel that spun wide-left. However, in the second overtime Eckert had to make a nervy save with eight seconds left to preserve a tie. She finished with two saves on three shots.
Similar to Saturday, Princeton trailed 1-0 against Sartell-St. Stephens, last Thursday, Aug. 24. Ashley Tibbetts knotted the game right before the half, same as before too, but in the the second half similarities stopped. During the 66th minute Sabres player Jenna Eibes scored the deciding goal to break the tie and spoil the Tigers season-opener.
As of Monday, Princeton’s record was 0-1-1.