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NEW YORK – A pair of goals in the first half and one more in the second helped the Columbia men’s soccer team win its Ivy League opener, 3-0, over Brown.

"We created enough chances and had some quality finishes so it's another step forward for us," said head coach Kevin Anderson. "We are now done with game seven and will prepare for game eight."

Today’s victory helped the No. 15/23 ranked Lions improve to 5-0-2 on the season and 1-0 in conference play, while the Bears drop to 5-2-1 and 0-1.

The scoring started early for Columbia, when Dylan Mott capitalized in the opening minutes. A high ball into the box was initially gathered by Arthur Bosua, then Mott gained possession. The junior had his first shot blocked, but found the rebound and made some space to his right to put a shot past Brown goalkeeper Joey Cipicchio, making it 1-0 just six minutes into the game.

"For the rest of the game it was about giving them zero shots and I thought we did that well," said Mott.

Later on in the first half, Columbia drew a corner kick that was taken by Nike Azuma. The deep kick was fought for by Bosua, who was dragged down inside the box, resulting in a penalty kick for the Lions. Alex Bangerl stepped up to take the PK, drilling it home for his second of the season to make it a 2-0 match 10 minutes before halftime.

Despite the lead, the Lions stayed aggressive throughout the second half, which paid off in the 79th minute. Rookie Beto Carillo displayed some excellent ball skills, moving forward and finding Bosua, who sent a bending shot past Cipicchio for the third score of the game. The Ivy League’s leading scorer found the net on his fifth and final shot of the game, giving him five scores this season.

Columbia was dominant in the possession game, taking 23 shots to Brown’s seven, and holding an 11-3 edge in corner kicks. Dylan Castanheira was aided all match long by a strong back line, who allowed just two shots on goal over the 90 minutes, which were both saved by the junior.

Today’s victory for the Lions is its first over the Bears since the 2011 season. Columbia returns to the pitch on Tuesday at 7 p.m. to face Pitt on ESPN3.