Bulldogs chomp past Gators, 5-0
By Ryan Hanchett
Published in Sports on April 8, 2011 1:47 PM
SEVEN SPRINGS -- Princeton controlled the pace of play.
The Dawgs also controlled the scoreboard, scoring three second-half goals and pulling away for a 5-0 win over Carolina 1-A Conference rival Spring Creek on Thursday evening.
Princeton quickly broke a scoreless tie in the sixth minute when Madison Parker collected a pass from Jenna Phillips, and chipped a short shot over the Spring Creek keeper. The early lead set the tone for the first half.
"I was really pleased to see our girls get off to such a good start," Princeton assistant coach Eusebio Montoya said. "An early goal started things and then we were able to build on that with a second goal before the half."
In the 26th minute Parker struck again when she collected a deflected pass and fired a shot just under the crossbar. Parker finished off her hat trick (three goals) in the 42nd minute when she seized a loose ball and found the mark to make the game 3-0 in the Dawgs' favor.
Ashley Jacobs found the mark in the 54th minute for the visitors and capped the scoring with her second goal two minutes later.
The Dawgs out-shot the Gators 15-1 on the night.
"I thought our defense did a very nice job tonight," Montoya said. "We got caught out of position a few times but we were able to recover as a team and keep (Spring Creek) from getting any long runs."
The offensive futility was not a surprise to first-year Spring Creek head coach Kim Wolfe.
"We have basically had a month off because of cancellations and bad weather," Wolfe said. "This was kind of like our second first game of the season. We will get better because our girls are willing to work hard, but it has been tough to stay focused."
Spring Creek (0-3-0 overall, 0-1-0 CC) will be back in action tonight at Rosewood. Princeton (3-4-1, 2-0-0) plays host to the Eagles on Tuesday.