2018 Results: 0-15-2 (0-8-1 in M8); Lost to Duluth Marshall 6-1 in first round of Section 7A.
After a difficult season, the Princeton girl’s soccer team will have their sights set on a bounce -back season. The Tigers struggled against many of their opponents last year and stumbled to a 0-15-2 overall record, losing in the first round of section play to Duluth Marshall by a score of 6-1.
Tim Donnay, who will enter in his second year coaching Princeton, with a very specific goal in mind. “We have a simple goal this year, win some games.” Donnay said.
“We had two ties last year and lost the rest, so we adjusted out schedule and will look for improvement,” Donnay said. “I think specifically after some of our scrimmages we will have a chance accomplish our goal by multiple times.”
Princeton will be returning seven starters on varsity, giving the Tigers a good core with experience to improve on their record and will also lead to more success.
“We have some players who will give us the opportunity to score some goals compared to when we were missing that last year,” continued Donnay.
The team lost four players to graduation and how the new starters adjust will factor in to how the season unfolds for the Tigers.
Effort and hustle will also play a huge role in how successful Princeton will be as Sydney Eckert, a junior goaltender for the Tigers, felt it was lacking in some moments last season.
“We cannot give up in games, regardless of the score, winning or losing we have to keep playing hard.” explained Eckert. “After every game we want to feel like we left everything out there on the field and feel good about the effort we showed.” Eckert said.
With the new season comes new motivation to win games the Tigers felt that they could have won last year.
“We are looking forward to playing Cambridge, and we think we will have a great chance to win,” said Kadyn Rothschadl. “We tied them last year, and we want to walk away with a win.”
The team will also face Zimmerman for the first time in years, another victory the team would like to pick up.
With many players returning to the team and an adjusted schedule will help Princeton’s record, the coaches believe will be most important will be the chemistry built between players.
“In order for this team to be successful we will need to play as a team as well as work on being a team; we keep pushing that with team bonding that we are doing to get us to be a cohesive unit and able to get along to play together,” Donnay said.
The team began their season on the road as they faced Sartell-St.Stephen on Aug. 22 with aspirations of winning this season as Kadyn Rothschadl summed it up best.
“We are always going to win some and lose some, but we want to win more this year.”