NEW YORK - Looking to build on a successful 2013 campaign, head coach Kevin Anderson and the Columbia men’s soccer team will host the University of Michigan on Saturday, Sept. 6 for a 3:00 pm contest at Rocco B. Commisso Stadium.
Saturday will be the Lion's season opener, while Michigan comes in at 1-1 having played two games in recent weeks. The Wolverines dropped its season opener in Ann Arbor 1-0 against Florida International on August 29. Two days later, Michigan knocked off SMU 3-0 to earn its first win of the season.
The Columbia defense will be on the lookout for junior midfielder Colin McAtee, who netted two goals in the Wolverines win over SMU. The other goal came from Marcos Ugarte, a senior in the midfield.
McAtee and Ugarte will be countered by an experienced defense for the Lions, as seniors Jack Gagne and David Westlake are both coming off of a successful junior campaigns, leading the defense to five shutouts. Junior Bryce Terrill joins the pair on the back line, having started in all 17 games last year.
Also returning for Columbia in the back end is goalie Kyle Jackson, who earned second team All-Ivy League honors a season ago. The junior was given credit for four shutouts in the 16 games he started in 2013.
The Lions will look for shot opportunities from reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Year Andrew Tinari, who excelled in his inaugural season with Columbia. Tinari started 15 of 17 games a year ago, tying for the team lead by scoring five goals and adding three assists.
Fans wishing to watch the game online can receive a free preview on the Ivy League Digital network. Visit www.ivyleaguedigitalnetwork.com/columbia for more details.