Princeton soccer taking page out of past

Princeton will play for its first sectional championship in nine years Friday in Rockford.

The Tigresses (10-4) will play Rockford Christian (9-6) on its home pitch at 4:30 p.m. on the north side of Rockford.

The Royal Lions beat Oregon 3-1 in Tuesday’s semifinals while PHS defeated Rockford Lutheran 5-0 at home.

Rockford Christian posted the same 5-0 win over Rockford Lutheran two weeks ago.

Princeton is 2-1 in past sectional championship matches.

It last played for the sectional championship in 2012, defeating Williamsville 3-0 at Chillicothe. The Tigresses went on to fall 3-0 to Manteno in the Urbana Super-Sectional.

Princeton won back-to-back sectionals in 2006 and 2007, defeating Indian Creek (2-1) and Mendota (4-0).

The Tigresses also enjoyed super-sectional success those seasons, defeating Bloomington Central Catholic (2-0) and Indian Creek (1-0).

In two state appearances, PHS dropped their first matches each year, falling to Chicago Latin (5-2) in 2006 and Hampshire (1-0) in 2007.

Kevin Hieronymus

Kevin has been sports editor of the BCR for more than 34 years and previously was sports editor of the St. Louis Daily News, Tazewell News and ISU Daily Vidette. He is a 2021 inductee into the IBCA Hall of Fame as a media member and was awarded as 2021 IPA Best Sports Section and Best Sports Column