This past weekend's Mercer County Tournament action was fast and furious for Princeton Day School teams. Panthermania will be at full tilt as tournament action continues, with Girls Soccer in the Mercer Tourney semifinals tonight and Boys Soccer, Girls Field Hockey and Cross Country facing Prep Tourney opponents throughout the week! (For a great photo album of Girls Soccer highlights, check out our Flickr page.)
For Girls Soccer, assistant coach Howie Powers '80 recaps Saturday's thrilling win: "Girls Soccer (#6 seed) defeated #3 seed Notre Dame 1-0 in overtime in the Mercer County tournament quarter finals. It was a hard-fought match, but the Panther's defense, led by senior center back Kelsey Lane and junior goalkeeper Riley Felsher, shut out the Irish. In overtime, junior Bri Astbury struck a beautiful corner kick, which sophomore Jules Romano leaped for and headed into the upper corner from ten yards out for the sudden death win. It was good to be a Panther!"
The 13-3-1 Panthers face a rematch with the nationally ranked Pennington School in the semifinals tonight (10/23) at 5:00pm at Hopewell Valley ($3 admission fee). Come out tonight to cheer on our gritty Panther Girls Soccer team!
Boys Soccer lost 0-1 at Steinert in the quarterfinals on Saturday in a tough and well played effort. The Panthers were locked in a very physical battle with Steinert throughout the game. With five minutes left and both teams still scoreless, Steinert scored on a corner kick. PDS rallied back for a frenetic finish and earned a free kick with 1:20 left, but couldn't convert. Coach Ollie Hilliker said afterward, "It was a tough loss for the boys. They fought hard and tirelessly against a very good Steinert team. The game ultimately came down to one opportunity and it did not go our way."
All focus is now on the Boys Soccer home Prep B semifinal against Newark Academy on Thursday 10/26 at 3:30. Be there and feel the Panther pride!
Field Hockey lost a heartbreaker to Lawrenceville 0-1 on Saturday night. It was another grinding battle with the score knotted at 0-0 until Lawrenceville struck on a penalty shot with only 1:10 remaining on the clock. The game was evenly played and though L'ville had the advantage in number of corners, the PDS squad played great.
Support our Field Hockey Panthers as they move on to play in in the NJISAA Prep State Tournament Wednesday 10/24 at 3:30 at home on Smoyer Field v. Morristown-Beard!
Friday was a great day for the PDS Cross Country teams. With blustery but sunny conditions at Washington Crossing Park, the course was challenging up and down the route. For the boys, Gunnar Clingman ran his personal best time ever at 17:44 and Kevin Dougherty ran his season best at 17:45. Alex Hollander ran her best time of the year at 23:05. All but one of the team runners had either their personal or season best at the meet.
Get out there, fans, and put wind in their sails as Cross Country faces Prep Tournament competition on Wednesday 10/24 at Blair, 3pm! -Melanie Shaw