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Princeton Weekly Bulletin   October 16, 2006, Vol. 96, No. 6   prev   next   current

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By the numbers

Princeton soccer celebrates 100 years


From left, Maura Gallagher, Esmeralda Negron and Elizabeth Pillion celebrated Princeton’s 3-1 win over Washington in the 2004 NCAA quarterfinals. Negron is the highest-scoring player in Princeton soccer history with 47 career goals. (photo: Beverly Schaefer)

Princeton NJ — University teams and fans are celebrating 100 years of soccer at Princeton this fall.

• Princeton’s first men’s soccer game was on Nov. 10, 1906, when the Tigers defeated the Merion Cricket Club of Haverford, Pa., 3-0. The Tigers’ first game against an intercollegiate opponent came the next year, when Princeton faced Columbia and lost 1-3.

• Women’s soccer was introduced as a club sport in 1977 and was elevated to full varsity status for the 1980 season.

• The men’s teams have claimed six Ivy League titles, while the women’s teams have claimed five.

• The men’s and women’s programs have made a combined 15 appearances at the NCAA tournament (eight for the men; seven for the women).

• Princeton is one of five schools in Division I that have reached the NCAA tournament Final Four in both men’s and women’s soccer since 1993. (The others are UCLA, Stanford, SMU and Portland.)

• Some 2,504 fans watched Princeton’s 3-1 win over Washington in the 2004 NCAA quarterfinals at Lourie-Love Field. The victory made Princeton the only Ivy League women’s team ever to advance to the NCAA Final Four.

• Jimmy Reed, who coached the men’s team from 1938 to 1966, has led the Tigers to the most wins of any Princeton soccer mentor with 136; Julie Shackford, the Princeton women’s head coach since 1995, is closing in on that record with 129 wins as of Oct. 7.

• Esmeralda Negron, a 2004 alumna, scored 47 goals during her Princeton career — more than any other male or female player in school history.

Several special events are planned throughout the season to mark the centennial. For more information, visit the athletics Web site at


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