Soccer: Princeton fends off Zimmerman 3-2

Jasmine Carr (second from right) slapped hands with Tara Bakken as Zimmerman players celebrated Carr's goal in the first half. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

A pair of well-placed shots by the Princeton Tigers held up as they defeated the Zimmerman Thunder 3-2 on Thursday in Zimmerman.

Jasmine Carr and  Allison Giese had the goals for Zimmerman (0-3 conference, 1-7-1 overall).

Naomi Kohloff, Brittany Beckman and Jordan Blomquist scored for Princeton as they led 3-1 at halftime. Beckman lofted a perfect 30-yard shot that was just low enough to get under the crossbar but out of the reach of goalie Justine Charles’ outstretched hands. Blomquist had a good run at the net and ripped the ball into the corner past the diving Charles.

Zimmerman's Ashley Johnson (white jersey) dueled Princeton's Michelle Menshek at the sideline. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

“Not much a goalie can do about either of those shots,” said Thunder coach Jeff Downing.

Carr, a senior in her first year of soccer, got one past eighth-grade goalie Erica Schramel after Giese pushed the ball her way.

“Jasmine was pretty excited,” said Downing. “That was what you’d call a garbage goal, but we haven’t been getting enough of those.”

Giese scored in the 63rd minute with an assist from Amanda Sahr, while the Thunder blanked Princeton in the second half.

Zimmerman will play twice on the Iron Range on Saturday, at Biwabik against the East Range Soccer Co-op at 10 a.m. and against Esko-Carlton at 3 p.m.