NEW YORK, N.Y. – On a rain-soaked pitch at Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium, a first half goal proved to be the difference-maker as the Columbia men's soccer team topped Yale, 1-0. With the win, the Lions improve to 8-2-3 on the season and 3-1-1 in Ivy League play.
With just under 12 minutes to play in the first, Columbia re-gained possession as Nike Azuma worked the ball back to Blake Willis. The first-year defender send a long pass ahead to John Denis, who's touch to Beto Carrillo allowed for a one-timer that the rookie put away for the goal. Carrillo's goal was his first of the season, while Denis now has points in three consecutive matches.
The teams went into the locker room with the Lions leading by the 1-0 margin, before switching sides of the field when the wind and rain began to increase. The Bulldogs were able to put up a pair of shots on goal in the second half, but both were saved by junior Dylan Castanheira, who has allowed one goal in the past five matches. The shutout for Castanheira and the back line marked the eighth of the season for the Lions.
Columbia has a short break before its next home match on Wednesday evening, when Sacred Heart visits Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium in a 7 p.m. match.