NEW YORK – In a home finale match at Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium, the Columbia women’s soccer team battled against Dartmouth resulted in the Lions first Ivy League scoreless draw of the season on Saturday, Oct. 22. With the tie, the Lions extended their current unbeaten streak and shutout streak to seven consecutive-games.
The Columbia defense notched its 10th consecutive shutout of the first-half shutout play on Saturday. Despite a 6-3 shot advantage by the Big Green, a pair of saves by Allison Spencer keyed a solid hold by the Lions defense.
Spencer and the Columbia defense went on to finish the night earning its seventh-consecutive shutout. With four saves and now 614 straight minutes of shutout play, Spencer has yet to allow a goal in Ivy League play earning her fifth shutout of the year. The Lions current shutout streak continues to grow reaching 665:32 minutes through seven games.
Battling tough weather and a stingy Dartmouth defense, the Columbia offense faced a tough challenge in their home finale. Natalie Neshat led the charge with five shots in the game, including a shot that bounced off the crossbar on a near Columbia score in the second half. Columbia picked up the aggression in the second-half firing off eight shots and three more in the overtime periods. However, the Big Green defense led by four saves from Casey Cousineau held off the Lions.
With the Lions first draw in Ivy League play, Columbia remains in first place in the conference standings at 4-0-1 and 7-4-4 overall. Up next, they will travel to New Haven, Connecticut on Saturday, Oct. 29 to take on Yale at 4 p.m.