BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—Princeton goalie Ashleigh Johnson made 18 saves to lead the Tigers past No. 22 CSU Bakersfield 7-3 in the final Roadrunner Invitational match for CSUB Sunday.
Johnson, the starting goalie on the 2016 United States Water Polo Olympic Team, turned away the first seven Roadrunner shots she faced before giving up a Jada Helberg goal at the 3:51 mark of the second quarter. It was a defensive struggle early on as the Tigers scored the only first period goal.
Princeton (13-1) scored twice in a span of 1:13 midway through the second period to take a 4-1 lead into halftime. The Tigers took advantage of two CSUB ejections, which would lead to a pair of power play goals and a 6-2 lead after three. Both teams scored a goal in the fourth.
Haley Wan led all scorers with four goals. The Roadrunners would have three players notch a goal. Courtney Wahlstrom kept CSUB in the game as she made 12 saves. Princeton forced 21 ‘Runners turnovers and made 10 steals. CSUB tallied 12 steals as the Roadrunners forced 18 Tigers’ turnovers.
“We knew that Princeton does not give up a lot of goals and it would be a low scoring game,” said CSUB head coach Jason Gall. “We had plenty of opportunities and had 10 6-on-5 chances, but we were tentative with our shooting and forced some things on offense and not taking what they were giving us.”
The Roadrunners (12-12) head to No. 2 Stanford next Saturday for a 1 p.m. MPSF start.