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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Mike McLaughlin

Women's Soccer Hosts Yale For Saturday's Match

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 10/31/2013
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NEW YORK – The Columbia women's soccer home match against Yale, originally set for a late afternoon start on Saturday, Nov. 2, has been moved up to 1 p.m. this weekend. The Lion will return to Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium after two conference road games.

Saturday’s match will be a battle of two of the best offensive players in the conference in Columbia’s Beverly Leon and Yale’s Melissa Gavin. Gavin leads the Bulldog offense with 21 points, including nine goals and three assists. Leon holds a career-high 20 points this season, including seven goals and six assists.

Neither team has found an edge in its recent series with the last two meetings resulting in draws. Last season, the match ended in a 1-1 tie and in 2011 the Lions tied Yale 2-2 at home.

LAST TIME OUT: For the third straight game, Leon tallied a point for Columbia despite a 4-2 loss at Dartmouth on Saturday, Oct. 26. The Big Green saw goals from three different players, as the Lions drop to 7-5-3 and 0-3-2 in conference play.

PASS IT ON: One of the growing staples for the Lions this season is their ability to share the ball. Quick and patient passing has served Columbia well this season and as a result, spearheaded the offensive attack. With 27 assists on the year, Columbia currently leads the Ivy League. Seniors Leon and Natalie Melo have both tallied six assists through 15 games to remain atop the Ivy League.

FIRST-YEAR SPENCER: For the second time this season, first-year goalkeeper Allison Spencer earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors on Oct. 21. In a tough Ivy League battle at Princeton, Spencer tallied nine big saves in goal. The Salt Lake City native anchored a defense that held the Tigers scoreless through 65 minutes of play after the first half. The Lions denied five Princeton shots in the second overtime, including a clutch save in the closing minutes by Spencer, to finish with the 3-3 draw.

ABOUT YALE: The Bulldogs are unbeaten in their last three games. With wins over Marist, Cornell and a tie with Penn, Yale improved to 7-5-1. The Bulldogs currently stand fifth in the Ivy League behind a 2-2-1 record.

UP NEXT: The Lions will play their final home match of the season on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 4 p.m. against Harvard at the Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium.

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