Princeton soccer stays alive after picking up emotional win and one more on the road

Esbeydy Bautista looks to put a shot on goal in Princeton’s 1st round win over Rosewood. The Bulldogs won 1-1 (3-2 PKs). (Michael Held photo)

BY MICHAEL HELD

Sports editor

PRINCETON—There may not have been many who anticipated that the Princeton girls soccer team would still be alive in the 1A state playoffs entering round three.

But the Bulldogs knew and that’s all Princeton needed last week as the Bulldogs defeated Rosewood in a penalty shootout in an emotional classic of a game 1-1 (3-2 on penalties) before going on the road to upset Cape Hatteras 3-0.

“It’s probably the best game I’ve ever been a part of,” Princeton coach Thomas Pilkington said. “Luckily tonight, we were the ones who came out on top but it could have easily gone the other way.

To beat the Eagles for the third time and twice in less than a week proved to be difficult for the Bulldogs in the opening round.

Princeton took the early lead when Morgan Fields won possession of the ball near midfield, found Rachel Creech down the line and Creech crossed to an open Veronica Blackman who easily tapped it in for a 1-0 advantage in the 26th minute.

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