PRINCETON, N.J. – Sophomore Meg Neylon (Fredericksburg, Va.) scored her first career goal and Virginia Commonwealth University lost a hard-fought, 3-1, match to fifth-ranked Princeton Sunday at Class of '52 Stadium.
VCU, which earned a stunning overtime victory at Richmond earlier in the week, slips to 3-3 with the loss. Princeton is 3-0.
Sunday's match was a tale of two halves. The Tigers jumped to a 3-0 lead behind a 15-shot flurry. Michelle Cesan, Kathleen Sharkey and Katherine Cape all scored in the first 24 minutes as Princeton threatened to run away with the contest.
However, the Rams steadied the ship in the second period. Sophomore keeper Megan Botteri (Mount Bethel, Pa.) came off the bench to turn away six shots and keep the Tigers off the scoreboard.
In the 43rd minute, Neylon blasted a goal, just the second allowed by Princeton this season.
"It was awesome. It was a great game," VCU Head Coach Kelly McQuade said. "We won the second half. It was a very high paced, good skill, fun game to watch. A game like this shows the girls where we want to be, and being able to hang in there with a team that has played in the Final four gives them confidence that they can play at this level."
VCU returns to the turf on Friday, Sept. 17 when it meets LaSalle at 3 p.m. at Longwood University in Farmville, Pa.