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After a pajama breakfast at Kirkland House Saturday, the Harvard Women's Soccer team scored points for the morning meal when it beat Princeton, 2-0, at the Business School Field.
"Getting everybody together for breakfast was a psych move," manager Maura Costin said Saturday.
During the first half of the game, the move looked as though it was going to backfire as the Harvard squad, playing almost entirely in Princeton territory, failed to score. Coach Bob Scalise said he thought his team looked "a little sluggish."
At half-time Scalise exhorted his charges "to play Bornes." After a chant of "Pummel Princeton" they went out and did both.
The first score came at 8:40 into the second half. Sally Kingsberg intercepted the ball at midfield, dribbled around a Princeton defender and passed off to Susan St. Louis, the teams leading scorer. St. Louis streaked through two Tigers and emerged to find herself one on one with the Princeton goalie.
The moment didn't seem right. Instead of shooting she dribbled the ball menacingly before the Princeton goal. When she saw forward Juli Brynteson trailing on her left. St. Louis passed off for the assist as Brynteson scored on an easy chip shot.
Harvard maintained the pressure. Gia Johnston, St. Louis and Kingsberg all had powerful shots on goal. The offense, led by Wendy Sands, continually intercepted the ball, frustrating the Princeton offense.
The second score came towards the end of the game. A Princeton defender trying to clear the ball from deep within her territory kicked it straight up. Then Harvard's Janice Pelletier headed the ball. Then a Princeton player did the same. When the ball finally hit the ground, Pelletier used her foot to pass to Jennifer White who put it in for the score.
At the end of the game, Princeton coach Bladget called the Harvard team fast and aggressive, characterizing it as "the best team we've played."
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