Menís Soccer Looks to Continue Winning Ways at Northeastern Saturday Night
NEW YORK – The Columbia men’s soccer team heads back out on the road Saturday, Sep. 21 when it visits Boston to take on Northeastern in a 6 p.m. tilt at Parsons Field. Northeastern will provide free live stats and a live video feed via their site at the links below.
LAST TIME OUT
After playing out the first half Wednesday night against Manhattan scoreless, the Lions exploded for three goals in the second half to shutout the Jaspers, 3-0, at the Columbia Soccer Stadium.
First-year Rhys Williams scored his first collegiate goal in the 50th minute, putting the Lions ahead 1-0. Williams fielded a nice pass in the penalty area from David Najem before blasting a shot inside the far post. Najem followed 12 minutes later with his third tally of the season and Antonio Matarazzo capped the scoring with a final minute goal.
The three goals against Manhattan were the most for a Columbia (2-2-0) team in a single game since September 2010. Najem is raising the bar on a personal level, creating and finishing for the Lions’ offense on a consistence basis. His three goals match his career-high for a single season and he is just one point away from tying his personal best in that category.
Multiple newcomers continue to have an impact for the Lions. Three first-years, Williams, Andrew Tinari and Nicholas Pappacena have all recorded at least one point through the first four games of their collegiate careers. A total of seven newcomers have started a match in 2013.
In net, Kyle Jackson earned his first shutout of the year for Columbia Wednesday against the Jaspers. The sophomore from Paradise Valley, Ariz. has recorded 25 saves this season.
|1.50||Goals Per Game||1.17|
|David Najem (7 pts.)||Leading Scorer||Dante Marini (5 pts.)|
Kyle Jackson (2-2) (.821 save %)
|Goalkeeper||Dylan Faber (2-2-2) (.793 save%)|
The Huskies enter Saturday’s match with a 2-2-2 overall record, with both of their victories coming at Parsons Field. Over the last seven days, Northeastern has visited Providence and close rival Boston University. The Huskies and Friars played to a scoreless draw last Saturday, while the Terriers captured a 1-0 decision over Northeastern on Tuesday evening.
A pair of sophomores lead the Huskies in scoring with two goals apiece. Terence Carter and Devin Devoy each have two tallies, while senior Dante Marini leads the way with five points on a goal and three assists.
Sophomore Dylan Faber has played the entire 580 minutes in net for Northeastern this season, posting two shutouts and a 0.93 GAA.
The Lions and Huskies have only met once previously back in 2007. Northeastern defended its home turf on Sep. 16 of that season, taking down Columbia by a score of 4-0.