PHILADELPHIA – An impressive comeback effort in the second period by the Columbia women's soccer team fell just short of a victory at Saint Joseph's on Sunday, Sept. 17 as the Hawks scored a goal in the opening minute of overtime to hand the Lions a 3-2 defeat.
Columbia found themselves trailing early with two goals by Saint Joseph’s in the first half. Around the 32nd minute, the Hawks put in two goals in a less than one-minute span to storm out in front. An X-X shot advantage by the Lions, led by three shots on goal by Natalie Neshat, showed its aggression in the opening period, however, the Hawks held a 2-0 lead at the break.
The fight continued for Columbia in the second half and the persistence of attack by Natalie Neshat paid off in the 51st minute as she fired in the Lions first score, her fifth goal of the season. Refusing to let up on the offensive pressure, Emma Anderson notched her third goal of the season with a blast into the upper-left corner of the net to erase the Columbia deficit and tie the match at 2-2 in the 53rd minute. Getting the second-half start in goal was first-year Juliet Allen who helped keep the Hawks offense scoreless in the period to send the match into overtime.
Just 38 seconds into play, Saint Joseph’s made its first possession in overtime count by marching towards the net and bouncing in the game-winning score to edge the Lions 2-3.
Up next, Columbia (3-4-1) begin Ivy League play on Friday, Sept. 22 as they travel to Cornell for a 7 p.m. match.