ColumbiaStony Brook

DATE Saturday, Sept. 9
TIME 7:00 p.m.
VENUE Wildcat Stadium
MEDIA Live Stats
TWITTER HANDLE  @ColumbiaMSoccer

NEW YORK - The Columbia men’s soccer team will once again hit the road this weekend and play under the lights at No. 24 New Hampshire on Saturday.

The Lions (1-0-1) and the Wildcats (4-0-0) take the pitch in a 7 p.m. meeting, which will be the first since a 1-1 draw in 2015 – the only other match between the two teams.

1-0-1 Record 4-0
Ivy League Conference America East
Goals Per Game 1.75
.080 Shot % .149
3 Assists 5

  John Denis (1 goal)
Vana Markarian (1 goal)

Leading Scorers Linus Fallberg (3 goals)
Chris Arling (2 goals)

Dylan Castanheira
4 saves //
.800 save% // 1 SO

Goalkeeper Andrew Pesci
11 saves // 1.00 save% // 4 SO

Viewers can see the match live on ESPN3 or through the Watch ESPN app. 

About the Wildcats
After a 12-7 season in 2016 that saw a loss in the first round of the America East Tournament, UNH is on a roll, winning its first four games of 2017.

The Wildcats opened with a 1-0 victory over Colgate, before making it back-to-back home wins after topping Northeastern by the same score. On the first road trip, New Hampshire  knocked off Boston College, 2-0, on Sept. 1, before a 3-0 defeat of UMass on Sept. 5.

Andrew Pesci has yet to allow an opponent to score, going 4-0 with four shutouts and 11 saves. Pesci has seen only 12 shots on net, as the back line has allowed less than three shots on goal per game.

The scoring charge has been led by Linus Fallberg, who has a trio of goals, while Chris Arling has knocked in a pair. 

Last Time Out
A header goal in the opening minutes from Vana Markarian proved to be the difference maker in Columbia’s 1-0 triumph over cross-borough rival Fordham.

During the home opener for the Lions, the Rams sent the ball out of bounds, setting up a corner kick for Francisco Agrest. The junior served it up perfectly for Markarian, who’s header went just inside the far post for the goal. Columbia’s defense impressed, allowing on three shots on goal which all came in the second half, and all were saved by Dylan Castanheira in his first shutout of the season.

In Net
Castanheira’s shutout of Fordham marked the 10th of his career, with seven of those coming a season ago when the junior led the nation in both goals against average and save percentage. The Landing, New Jersey, native allowed one goal in the tie at UMass, but has a 0.45 GAA so far this season. 

Sophomore Sensations
A pair of Lions in the sophomore class have posted goals this season in John Denis and Markarian. Denis, who knocked in four goals in 2016, helped the Lions to a 1-1 tie of UMass thanks to a second half score in the season opener. Markarian, the Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 2016, headed away Fordham with a game-winner last time out.

Fresh Faces
Through two games, five first-year players have seen the pitch for Columbia, with two picking up starts along the way. Blake Willis has started both games at center-back, posting an assist on the Denis goal against the Minutemen. Avi Eller has started one game, but played in both on the front line. Aside from those two, Beto Carillo has seen action in both matches, while Lucho Gazcon, Sam Hatem, and Yiannis Kounelis all have played in one game.