NEW YORK – A trio of second half goals helped the Columbia men's soccer team defeat Penn, 3-0, today at Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium.
The No. 14 ranked Lions improve to 6-1-2 with today's win, and sit alone at the top of the Ivy League standings with six points at 2-0.
"We talked after the last game and said that we needed to first and foremost take responsibility for each of our roles within the team," said head coach Kevin Anderson. "We clearly re-defined those and re-committed ourselves to what it is that each of us have to do."
During a pedestrian first half, neither team was able to break through, while the Lions had their chances, out-shooting the Quakers 10-3 in the frame.
Columbia finally broke through two minutes into the second half. Danny Laranetto sent a high pass into the box, which was gathered by Arthur Bosua. The senior was able to find Dylan Mott, who created space and fired past a defender and Penn goalkeeper Scott Forbes to give the Lions a 1-0 lead.
Just seven minutes after the Mott goal, Bosua was able to score one of his own. Francisco Agrest sent a cross into the box that Bosua was able to finish past Forbes, giving the Lions a 2-0 edge in the 55th minute.
After Beto Carrillo came on to replace Mott in the 62nd minute, it did not take long to make his presence felt. The first-year sent a nice forward pass ahead to John Denis up the right side that Denis was able to catch up to before firing high past Forbes, making it a 3-0 contest.
Penn would get two shots on goal with Columbia holding the 3-0 lead, but Dylan Castanheira was there to save both of them away, preserving the shutout win.
Columbia has now shutout both Ivy opponents by a 3-0 score through a pair of conference matches. The Lions sit alone at the top of the Ivy League standings at 2-0, and will continue conference play at Princeton next Saturday.