Hurricanes Stun No. 14 Princeton, 3-0
Sept. 4, 2005
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami women’s soccer team used a pair of goals by freshman midfielder Rachel Rigamat en route to a 3-0 upset over 14th-ranked Princeton Sunday afternoon at Cobb Stadium on the final day of the 2005 Miami Tournament.
After a half of scoreless play, Rigamat netted the eventual game-winner for UM (3-1) in the 64th minute when she fielded a pass from Akilah Moore in the box and spun past a defender to turn and score past Princeton (0-2) keeper Maren Dale.
The win over the Tigers marks the first victory over a ranked opponent by the Hurricanes since the 2003 season when they upset 10th-ranked UConn.
“Coming into this game we knew Princeton was an extremely talented team,” said head coach Tricia Taliaferro. “They are very organized and well coached, but we knew we had an opportunity. We were able to take advantage of the opportunities we created and because of our defense, we were able to limit their chances.”
“This was a great win for our team. For us to respond the way we have to a number of factors, including the loss to Stetson and having to play four games in seven days, has really been impressive.”
The UM backline of Moore, Ashley Durkee, Kristen Chapman, Nikki Stecich limited Princeton’s offensive attack all afternoon, holding the Tigers to just seven shots, including just three on goal. Miami keeper Lauren McAdam halted each of those three attempts to pick up her second shutout and third win of the season.
The Hurricanes and Tigers battled through most of the first half, combining for just eight total shots before heading into the half scoreless.
After 19 minutes of play in the second half, Rigamat put the Hurricanes on the board with her first goal of the day in the 64th minute.
Just over one minute later, the Hurricanes scored again when Paulelette Ricks-Chambers took a pass from Bryn Heinicke and chipped a shot from the edge of the box over Dale in the 65th minute to give Miami a 2-0 lead.
UM’s final goal on the day came in the 75th minute after Rigamat fielded a ball at midfield and dribbled in past two Princeton defenders to score past Dale.
The Hurricanes will return to action next weekend, traveling to Bloomington, Ind. to take Indiana and Marquette in the Hoosier Classic.