New Haven, Conn. – The Columbia women’s soccer team faced a hungry Yale on Saturday, Oct. 29 in a pivotal match for the Lions in their chase for an Ivy League title. The Lions took on a charged Bulldogs team who hosted in its final home match of the season at Reese Stadium put in two scores in a span of four minutes to defeat Columbia 2-1 in overtime ('93).
The Columbia offense weathered the physical Yale play for most of the match by remaining aggressive and constantly placing pressure on the Bulldogs defense. In the 68th minute, senior captain Madeline Linde played a sensation long ball down the feel to a lightening fast Amaris Hemmings. Hemmings raced past the Yale defense, including the goalkeeper, to put in her second goal of the season to put Columbia up 1-0.
Despite trailing by a goal going into the final minute, the Bulldogs continued to bring the fight to the Lions by firing shots at the Columbia defense. With ten seconds remaining in the period, Yale placed a bouncing ball in the box into the back of the net to send the match into overtime.
The Bulldogs goal capped a sensational shutout streak by goalkeeper Allison Spencer at 703 consecutive minutes and the Columbia defense 844:32 consecutive minutes.
The momentum continued for Yale through extra period and with under three minutes into play Aerial Chavarin found Geneva Decker who put in the game-winning score for the Bulldogs.
The loss was just the first in seven games for the Lions, the first in Ivy League play this season, and they still remain in play for the Ivy League title. Columbia (7-5-4, 4-1-1) will take on Harvard (9-3-3, 4-0-2) on Saturday, Nov.5 at 1 p.m. in a match that will determine the 2016 Ivy League Champion.