LEWISBURG, Pa. -- No. 11 Princeton scored three times in the first half en route to a 4-0 victory over Bucknell on Tuesday night at Emmitt Field. The Bison saw their run of six straight shutouts come to an end and fell to 7-6 on the season, while the Tigers improved to 10-1.
Bucknell looked good early, firing off the first six shots of the game, including two from Maddie Mulford that required saves by Princeton goalkeeper Natalie Grossi. But the game changed in the 21st minute, when from out of nowhere Abby Givens rifled a shot under the crossbar on the Tigers' first attempt of the night.
It was the first goal conceded by the Bison defense since Sept. 7 against Tennessee. The six straight shutouts tied a school record and the six straight shutout victories established a new mark, but the scoreless-minutes streak of 578:25 fell just shy of the team record.
Just 5:10 after Givens netted her team-leading ninth goal of the season, Courtney O'Brien made it 2-0 with her fifth of the campaign. O'Brien provided the final touch on a pretty passing combo, with Givens and Olivia Kane earning assists.
Princeton made it 3-0 in the 39th minute on another strike from distance, this one from Mimi Asom, who also scored against Bucknell when the two teams finished in a 1-1 tie last season.
Bison goalkeeper Dani Kaufman was busy in the second half, when she made nine of her 10 saves. She had two beauties in rapid succession, a quick-reaction stop on Tomi Kennedy followed by a kick save to deny Asom on a breakaway.
Bucknell had some bright moments later in the half, with the second forward unit nearly generating a goal with about six minutes remaining. But Grossi made her best save of the game on Gabby Bair with a flick of her right leg.
Grossi finished with four saves in the game, as Princeton outshot the Bison 22-11.
This was the final non-conference game of the season for Bucknell, which has now played three teams currently ranked in the top-25 (No. 4 Duke, No. 11 Princeton, No. 21 Tennessee).
The Bison are back in action on Saturday at home against Army West Point at 2 p.m. The women's soccer program will be holding a fundraiser for the Vs. Cancer Foundation in an effort to cure pediatric cancer at Saturday's game.