NEW YORK – Columbia scored a goal in each half and held Monmouth to just 10 shots to score a 2-1 victory over the Hawks Tuesday night at Rocco B. Commisso Stadium.
“It’s about not giving stuff up and creating opportunities,” said Head Coach Kevin Anderson. “Tonight we created a good amount, created the same amount the other night, we’re getting there, it’s a process.”
In the early first half of the game, shots were fired away by Brendan Dennis, Vana Markarian and Avi Eller. Eller shot wide on a one-timer with just under 14 minutes left in the half but nothing was put on net.
The Lions picked up steam in the final eight minutes generating better opportunities. With an assist from Bosua, Agrest kicked the ball straight into the goal leading the Lions 1-0.
Columbia had a good look at goal at the start of the second half, when Haris Stamboulidis got a shot attempt off that was blocked inside the box off of a Columbia corner.
But, the Lions broke through with an effortless teamwork pass from Mott to Swain to Bosua in the 28th minute. Bosua’s left footed flick made it past goalkeeper, Bobby Edwards to give the Lions a 2-0 lead.
This is Bosua’s second goal of the season and a first career assist for Swain.
With only 13 minutes left in the second half, the Hawks got on the board with a runout score by Zachary Peripera. Shortly thereafter Beto Carillo had an attempt of his own that was saved by Edwards.
The Hawks were unable to get off another shot as the Lions held homefield with a 2-1 victory.
The win makes it two in a row for Columbia against Monmouth, after last season's 4-3 win.
Up next, the Lions will travel to Binghamton on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m.
Contributed by Ellen Lee