NEW YORK - After a scoreless first half, the Columbia women's soccer team scored two goals in the second half to defeat Fairleigh Dickinson 2-0 in its first home match in 12 days on Sunday, Sep. 22. Both Natalie Melo and Elly McGuffog picked up their second goals on the year to lift the Lions to its second straight win.
With the score still knotted at 0-0, the Lions came out in the second half with more urgency on the offensive end. At the 68th minute mark, Melo fired a shot into the back off the net for the first goal of the game, making a poised play after the deflection. Columbia continued its attack with eight shots in the second half.
The Lions extended its lead to 2-0 in the 81st minute when McGuffog completed a great play for the goal. Beverly Leon led with solid cross toward the box and Erin Falk found McGuffog who scored her second goal of the year.
The Lions defense held strong all game to help Columbia to its third shutout victory of the season. Goalkeeper Gabby Dubick posted in goal for the first half and goalkeeper Allison Spencer anchored the defense in the second half for a combined three saves.
Up next, Columbia (4-2-1) will begin Ivy League play on Friday, Sep. 27 at 7 p.m. as they travel to Ithaca, N.Y. to face Cornell.