NEW YORK – The Columbia women’s soccer team followed an Ivy League opening win at Cornell on Friday, with a historic performance at Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 24. Scores from six players, including a hat trick and two assists by junior Forward Emma Anderson, propelled the Lions to an 11-0 shutout victory over Wagner. 11 goals mark a new program single-game record, surpassing the 30-year old previous mark of 10 set in 1987.
Emily Koe sparked the onslaught by the Lions with back-to-back goals in a span of a minute for in the opening 12 minutes of play. Some nifty passing from Emma Anderson and Amaris Hemmings assisted a sensational goal by Natalie Neshat, her seventh goal the season (13’). Midway through the period, Anderson blasted her first score into the net by capitalizing on a rebound opportunity off the goalkeeper’s hands.
Maddie Temares tallied her first goal of the season in the 30th minute with a beautiful shot from the right corner, followed by Taylor Duran who put in her first score by finishing off an incredible cross by Rachel Alexander into the box. The Lions held its largest halftime lead of the season with a 6-0 advantage at the break.
Emma Anderson took her cue from Koe to start the second half for the Lions with back-to-back goals in the opening seven minutes. Caroline Militello delivered the feed to Anderson on her second goal (50’) and a phenomenal dribble past the goalkeeper lead to her third score in the 57th minute. The goal marked Anderson’s first career hat trick to highlight a career-high eight points on the afternoon.
Rebounding her own shot with a header, Maddie Temares was in perfect position for the second score of the afternoon in the 67th minute. The Lions 10th score came from Taylor Duran who also scored her second goal, with an assist from Cayla Davis (76’).
Rachel Alexander marked the Columbia record at 11 goals with a speedy-goal in the 78th minute, her third of the season, to cap the Lions historic offensive display.
Up next, Columbia (5-4-1, 1-0 Ivy) will put their unbeaten record at home to the test as they return to Ivy League play to hosts Brown on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 4 p.m.