NEW YORK – Behind a four-goal second half, the Columbia women’s soccer team capped the weekend with another shutout victory, 5-0, over Sacred Heart (2-5-0) on Sunday at Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium. With an incredible offensive performance that led to the most goals scored in a game under head coach Tracey Bartholomew, the Lions remain unbeaten at home this season.
Columbia’s first goal came in the 29th minute as junior Natalie Neshat fired in a shot off an assist from Emily Koe for her fourth goal of the season. Goalkeeper Sophie Whitehouse anchored the defense during the opening period with three saves as the Lions took a 1-0 lead into halftime.
Sparking the Lions' incredible offensive run in the second half was first-year Cayla Davis. Junior Amaris Hemmings played a beautiful cross into the front of the goal where Davis knocked in her first collegiate score with just three minutes into the period. In a three-minute span, Emma Anderson put in back-to-back goals for Columbia to go up 4-0. In the 57th minute, Natalie Neshat tallied her first assist of the year, finding Anderson who blasted a shot from 25-yards away into the right corner of the goal. She followed with another goal from the left of the box over the goalkeeper in the 60th minute.
An own goal by Sacred Heart gave the Lions a 5-0 lead in the 62nd minute for their largest lead and victory margin in the Coach Bartholomew era.
First-year Juliet Allen and junior Marie Matthews split time in goal during the second period with each collecting a save. Combined with another standout performance from the starting backline of Natalie Ambrose, Amalya Johnson, Taylor Penn and Reilly Lucas, the Columbia defense ushered in its second-consecutive shutout holding the Pioneers to just three shots per half.
Up next, Columbia (3-2-1) will head to Uptown to the Bronx to face Fordham on Friday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m.