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NEW YORK – The Columbia women’s soccer team delivered a 2-0 victory over Stony Brook (2-5) in its return to Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium on Friday, Sept. 8.  A goal in each period, along with the stellar play of both Juliet Allen and Sophie Whitehouse in goal, the Lions blanked the Seawolves in its first shutout win of the season.

A goal in the 27th minute by the Columbia attack put the Lions ahead 1-0 in the opening period. Natalie Ambrose played a beautiful lead-pass from midfield down the left side of the pitch to a racing Rachel Alexander. Beating the Seawolves line, Alexander fired in a shot past the goalkeeper for the opening score, her second goal of the season.

First-year goalkeeper Juliet Allen made her first collegiate start for the Columbia defense. Along with the starting back line of… the Lions applied stifling pressure to the Stony Brook not allowing a shot on goal in the first half to take a 1-0 lead at the half.

In the second half, a steal in the box by Emma Anderson ignited a furious offensive scoring opportunity for the Lions in the 65th minute. Despite the congestion near the right corner of the goal, Natalie Neshat got a foot on the ball for an initial shot that was blocked by the Seawolves. Rebounding her own attempt, Neshat fired in another shot for the score to put the Lions up 2-0, her third on the year.

Goalkeeper Sophie Whitehouse anchored the Columbia defense in the second period. Highlighted by a game-high six saves, Whitehouse held strong in goal to aid the first Columbia shutout of the season.

The Lions improve to 2-2-1 with the win and will be back in action on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. as they host Sacred Heart.