NEW YORK – The Columbia men’s soccer team will put its five-game winning streak on the line Saturday when it opens up Ivy League play against Brown. Prior to the 4 p.m. kick-off at the Columbia Soccer Stadium, the Lions will hold a short ceremony honoring its seven seniors for their contributions to the Columbia soccer program.
LAST TIME OUT
Columbia extended its win streak to five games with a 2-0 shutout of Fordham in the Bronx on Sunday, Sept. 29. Sophomore Antonio Matarazzo and first-year Andrew Tinari posted second half goals for the Lions, while the Columbia defense logged its third shutout in the last four games.
Just one week after David Najem earned co-Player of the Week honors, sophomore goalkeeper Kyle Jackson was recognized with the same award by the Ivy League. Jackson posted shutouts against LIU Brooklyn and Fordham to earn the award for the week of Sept. 30.
COLUMBIA IN IVY LEAGUE OPENERS
The Lions hold a 25-24-4 mark all-time in Ivy League openers, dating back to the 1960 season. Columbia has opened conference play against Brown each of the last five seasons, with the Bears winning four of those matches.
On Saturday, Oct. 12, Columbia Athletics will dedicate the soccer stadium at the Baker Athletics Complex in the name of Rocco B. Commisso ’71SEAS, ’75BUS. Commisso was the co-captain of the 1970 men’s soccer team, leading the Lions to their first NCAA Tournament appearance. The stadium will become the fifth venue at the Baker Athletics Complex to be named after prominent and generous alumni in a ceremony between the women’s and men’s games that day.
The Lions are 3-0 at the Columbia Soccer Stadium this season. Columbia has shut out Manhattan and LIU Brooklyn and holds an 8-1 goal differential on its home pitch.
OFFENSE IS THE BEST DEFENSE
During Columbia’s five-game win streak, the Lions are outscoring their opponents, 12-2. Columbia has also fired off 34 more shots in that span (78-44), while also doubling up its foes in shots on goal (36-18).
SCOUTING THE BEARS
After snapping a four-game losing streak with a 5-0 decision over Marist on Sept. 27, the Bears have now won two in a row with a 3-1 victory over Boston Univeristy on Oct. 1.
Jose Salama has led the way offensively, posting a team-best seven points on two goals and three assists. In net, Josh Weiner carries a 3-4-1 record, while boasting a .773 save percentage.
LAST TIME VS. BROWN
Sophomore Antonio Matarazzo scored his first collegiate goal on the road against the Bears in the 82nd minute, but the Lions fell to No. 21 Brown, 2-1. The Bears notched goals in the 70th and 76th minutes of the contest from Thomas McNamara and current junior Daniel Taylor, respectively.