TCNJ off to fast start
With a pair of back to back weekend tournaments, the Lions were certainly tested. And they passed the with flying colors, sweeping all four games to get off to a perfect start.
It was awesome the past two weekends, TCNJ senior captain Katie Lindacher said. The games were a really good test for us. We have some freshmen that came in and have been a big impact this year. We are all a lot closer than I have noticed the past years. Defensively it helps being a closer team. We all work well together.
Lindacher is part of a TCNJ team that has had plenty of success in her first three seasons. Now, as a senior, she d like to see the team put together its most successful season yet. With four straight wins the Lions are off to a good start.
It is a little different now that I am actually a senior, said Lindacher, a forward who has scored two goals this season after leading the Lions with 12 goals last year. Being a captain is kind of the same as the years before; you just have to put in the work to make sure everything gets done.
People say college goes by fast and I never realized that until now. I am a senior and it seems like I was just a freshman. It is different being older and a captain.
In four games this season the Lions have allowed just two goals. So this year is shaping up like so many previous seasons where a stingy defense keeps TCNJ in every game.
Defense is always one of our biggest priorities, Lindacher said. nike ultra boost We don t like to let up goals. We have some new girls that came in and have helped out a lot. And we have some older players who have stepped in this year when they have gotten their chance. We always discuss as a team that you might not get as many minutes as you want, but we all have a special role on the team.
The Lions play at Farmingdale State on Saturday and at FDU Florham Park next Thursday. They open their NJAC season at home against Ramapo on Sept. 21.
The Lions will also host their annual fall clinic on Oct. at TCNJ s Soccer Complex. Technical training, finishing, functional training, and tactical possession highlight the informative and active clinic. The session will conclude with nike 4192 small sided games. Contact the TCNJ women s soccer office at 771 3155 for more information.
MCCC PICKS UP WINS
Mercer picked up its second win of the season with an impressive 5 0 win over Salem on Tuesday. Rachel Martinez had two goals and added a pair of assists in the win. Colleen Murphy also scored twice and Samantha Hirthler added a goal. Taylor Leigh, Kelly Dunn and Samy Fonseca all had an assist.
With the win, the Vikings improved to 2 3 on the season. On a trip to Rhode Island last weekend, Mercer opened with a 3 1 win a list of nike shoes over Dean before dropping a 3 1 decision to CCRI Katelyn Becker, Hirthler and Chelsea Schultz each scored a goal in the win over Dean, which was their first of the season.
PU STARTS STRONG
Princeton opened the season in impressive fashion, posting a pair of shutout wins last weekend at home.
The Tigers opened the season with a 2 0 win over Richmond and then came back two days later to defeat Army, 3 0. Lauren Lazo had a goal in each game, while freshman Tyler Lussi had a goal in the opener and then two more in the win over Army.
Lussi was named the Ivy League Player of the Week as well as Newcomer of the Week for her efforts in the two wins. She is the first Princeton freshman to score a goal in her first game with the Tigers since Diana Matheson in 2004. She is also the first freshman since Matheson to score a goal in each of her first two games.
Meier scored two goals and added an assist in a 4 1 win over Mount St. Mary s. She did not score, but played a role in Rider s 1 0 win over Temple. The two wins helped the Broncs improve to 3 2 heading into this Sunday s game at NJIT.
In the 1 0 win over Temple, freshman Michelle Iacono scored off a pass from fellow freshman Priscilla Santos for the only goal of the game. Freshmen goalkeepers Vanessa Perdomo and Bethany May Howard combined for the shutout in goal.
Rider will open MAAC play on Sept. 21 at home against Siena.
KNIGHTS TOUGHEN UP
Rutgers went on the road for a couple of tough games last weekend at the Virginia Nike Soccer Classic. The Scarlet Knights opened with a 6 0 loss to fifth ranked Virginia before battling William Mary to a 1 1 tie. Maria Gerew scored the lone goal of the game in the tie against the Tribe.
Rutgers placed three players on the all tournament team in Virginia, as senior Tricia DiPaolo, senior Jonelle Foligno, and freshman Madison Tiernan were selected to the team.