GAME 3
COLUMBIA
ColumbiaPepperdine
PEPPERDINE

DATE Friday, September 1
TIME 6:00 p.m. (EST)
VENUE Tari Frahm Rokus Field
LOCATION Malibu, Calif.
VIDEO TheW.tv
MEDIA LIVE STATS
TWITTER HANDLES  @ColumbiaWsoccer
@GoColumbiaLions

  GAME 4
COLUMBIA
ColumbiaLoyola Marymount
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT

DATE Sunday, September 3
TIME 4:00 p.m.
VENUE  Sullivan Field
LOCATION Los Angeles, Calif.
VIDEO TheW.tv
MEDIA LIVE STATS
TWITTER HANDLES  @ColumbiaWsoccer
@GoColumbiaLions

 

NEW YORK -  For the first road swing of the season, Columbia women's soccer (1-0-1) will head west to take on a pair of West Coast Conference foes. The Lions will face Pepperdine (1-1-1) on Friday, Sept. 1 at 6 p.m., before meeting Loyola Marymount on Sunday, Sept. 3 at 4 p.m.

ABOUT THE LIONS: Columbia returns 10 of 11 starters, including six All-Ivy League players, from a 2016 squad (7-6-4, 4-2-1 Ivy) that was a game away from an Ivy League title. While the contributions from the Lions' graduating seniors will be missed, including All-Ivy League goalkeeper Allison Spencer, forwards Madeline Linde and Grace Taylor, the Lions return 78% of its team offense and 88% of its team defense.

Under the helm of head coach Tracey Bartholomew, in her fourth season, the Lions' defense looks to be stronger than ever. Highlighting the return of an experienced core from 2016, that led the Ivy League with 10 shutouts, are three All-Ivy League defenders in seniors Natalie Ambrose, Kerry Manion and sophomore Amalya Johnson. In addition, the Lions offense boasts back-to-back team leading scorer Emma Anderson (5g, 3a), along with fellow All-Ivy League performers Natalie Neshat (4g, 2a) and Amaris Hemmings (2 goals).

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COLUMBIA Team Matchup PEPPERDINE
1-0-1 Record 1-1-1
Ivy League Conference WCC
2.50
Goals Per Game 1.33
.143 Shot % .108
4 Assists 4

Natalie Neshat (2 goals)

Leading Scorer(s) Devon Gilfoy (2 goals)

Sophie Whitehouse (10 sv.)
 (.769 sv %)

Goalkeeper Brielle Preece (10 sv.)
 (.833 sv %)

A LOOK AT PEPPERDINE: The Wave followed an overtime loss in its season opener to Texas A&M and a 1-1 tie against Virginia Tech, with a 3-0 home victory over Texas Tech in their last match. Pepperdine is coming off its third West Coast Conference title and a 2016 NCAA tournament appearance. Three different players have found the back of the net this season, led by two goals from Devon Gilfoy.


COLUMBIA Team Matchup LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
1-0-1 Record 1-1-1
Ivy League Conference WCC
2.50
Goals Per Game 1.33
.143 Shot % .105
4 Assists 5

Natalie Neshat (2 goals)

Leading Scorer(s) Phoebe Riley (1g, 1a)

Sophie Whitehouse(10 sv.)
 (.769 sv %)

Goalkeeper Charlee Pruitt (11 sv.)
 (.647 sv %)

 

A LOOK AT LMU: The battle of the Lions will commence for the first-time ever on Sunday as LMU hosts Columbia. LMU bounced back from a 3-0 loss at Rutgers with a 2-1 win at Purdue, followed by a 2-2 draw against Northwestern. Four players have scored in their three matches, including points leader Phoebe Riley with a goal and an assist on the year.


COLUMBIA SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: 

(8/25) - Home Opener Battle Against Hofstra Ends In 1-1 Draw

(8/27) - Two Goals By Neshat Leads Columbia Over Seton Hall, 4-2

(8/28) - Ivy Leauge Performance Honor Roll: Emily Koe (1g, 1a), Natalie Neshat (2 goals)

UP NEXT: The Lions return to Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium for a two-game homestand. On Friday, Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. Columbia will host Stony Brook, followed by Sunday, Sept. 10 match against Sacred Heart at 1 p.m.