AU Men's Soccer Defeats Princeton, 2-1, in Opening Round of Princeton Invitational

AU Men's Soccer Defeats Princeton, 2-1, in Opening Round of Princeton Invitational

Sept. 12, 2008

Box Score

PRINCETON, N.J. - The American University men's soccer team took a 2-1 decision over Princeton on Friday in the opening round of the Princeton Invitational at Roberts Stadium on a pair of goals by sophomore Danny Shannon. The Eagles improve to 3-2 on the season, while the Tigers fall to 0-2.

The Eagles got on the board late in the first half as a couple of substitutions proved to be the difference. Jamie Davin took a shot on goal that Princeton keeper Thomas Gasparini couldn't handle cleanly. Danny Shannon collected the rebound right inside the 18-yard box and finished for the 1-0 lead at 43:17.

AU upped its lead to 2-0 at 66:31 when Shannon took a pass from Cameron Petty and put a shot from 15 yards out through Gasparini's hands for the goal. Princeton would cut the lead to 2-1 in the 75th minute on a goal from Teddy Schneider, but the Eagles would hold on for the win.

"I am proud of the way the guys played without captain Karsten Smith in the lineup and the way we performed with a make-shift back line, said head coach Todd West. "We found a way to win a game in a place that we haven't won since 1997 and named Danny Shannon and Cooper Bryant as the Men of the Match."

Princeton had a 13-10 advantage in shots and a 7-4 margin in corner kicks. AU keeper Matt Makowski made two saves in the game, while Gasparini finished with three stops.

AU will play Penn on Sunday at noon for the opportunity to win the Princeton Invitational. Penn defeated Seton Hall, 2-0, on Friday.