TISKILWA — The Princeton boys soccer team had little trouble in its Class 1A Princeton Regional semifinal Tuesday.
The top-seeded Tigers rolled into Saturday’s 11 a.m. regional final after they dispatched No. 4-seeded Coal City 10-2 in the first semifinal.
Princeton (16-3-5) will play Wilmington at 11 a.m. Saturday.
“I know nothing about Wilmington, so we’ll just have to figure it out as we go,” PHS coach Jason Bird said.
The Tigers rolled over the Coalers as they scored five goals in each half to move into the final.
With the game scoreless in the 11th minute, Princeton’s offense took off.
Senior forward Dylan Schaefer netted a goal 10:22 into the game, and fellow senior forward Tyler Marvin added back-to-back goals less than a minute apart as PHS took a 3-0 lead just 15:13 into the game.
Senior Jacob Estrada kept the fun going as he found the back of the net with 20:51 left in the half, and Schaefer’s second goal gave PHS a 5-0 cushion with 18:04 left in the opening half.
PHS scored all five goals in a span of 11:34.
“In regional time or in any game, it’s great to get out to an early lead,” Bird said. “It should make us relax a little more, and I think it did in the first half.”
The Tigers maintained their cushion in the second half as they scored three goals in the final 16 minutes to seal the win.
Marvin finished with four goals, while Schaefer had a hat trick.
“It’s a great start to the postseason, but we played a little sloppy in the second half on defense so we have to shore that up by Saturday,” Bird said.
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