The Princeton girls traveled to Blake for much-anticipated non-conference soccer match on Monday, Sept. 23. The Bears are coming off two stellar seasons where they won the Class A title in 2011 and were runners-up to Benilde-St. Margaret’s last autumn.
On the scoreboard, the lone difference in the 1-0 Blake win was Maddy Moe’s second-half goal.
“We know how strong they are, and we wanted to match their level play. I thought defensively we did just that. We had to add an extra center mid to minimize their sideline-to-sideline movement. That took away from some of our offensive numbers, but I know Blake has the potential to blow the game wide open, and I didn’t want that for our girls. Our defensive system kept us in the game against a powerhouse program. That is what we will need come section time,” said Tiger Coach Heidi Finstad.
Coach Finstad continued, “If I could change one thing about our play it would have been that in our transitions to offense we would have done a better job building to get numbers up. I felt like we were trying to attack with one or two players, and you can’t do that against a team like Blake. We needed to be up-and-back as a team, and I felt like we didn’t get that support.”
• The Tigers’ other action last week was a 1-1 tie at North Branch after the rains came down Sept. 19. Princeton did not have a sharp game, noted Coach Finstad, and they played without injured Sam Janssen, Lydia Arens, Kelsey Hanscom, Alanna Mattson and Kasey Kromschroeder.
Mississippi 8 Girls Soccer: Rogers 5-0, 7-4; St. Michael-Alb. 3-0-3, 7-2-3; Princeton 3-1-2, 5-3-4; Chisago Lakes 2-1-3, 4-4-3; St. Francis 2-2, 3-5-2; Cambridge-Isanti 2-3, 6-5; Buffalo 1-2-3, 2-4-4; Monticello 1-4, 3-7-1; North Branch 0-4-1, 3-7-1; Big Lake 0-2, 4-7.
Tiger Boys tie Vikings, defeat Saints
After being down 1-0 in the first half, the Princeton boys soccer team rallied to tie visiting North Branch 1-1 in a Sept. 19 Mississippi 8 match. An agile defense led by keeper Justin Carlson, Travis Stevens and Chase Arens kept the Vikings at bay as they sent several shots on the Tiger net in the first half.
• On Sept. 24, Princeton posted a 3-1 conference win over St. Francis.
Mississippi 8 Boys Soccer: Chisago Lakes 6-0, 11-0; Rogers 4-1, 5-7; St. Francis 3-2, 5-6; Monticello 3-2-1, 6-4-1; Cambridge-Isanti 2-3, 5-6; St. Michael-Alb. 2-2-2, 2-8-2; Buffalo 2-2-1, 3-7-1; Big Lake 1-2, 2-7; Princeton 1-4-1, 3-6-2; North Branch 0-5-1, 2-7-1.