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The Lions, 0-0-2 in conference, face Princeton Saturday.
Courtesy: Geoffrey Bolte

Men's Soccer Returns to Ivy League Competition at Princeton Saturday


NEW YORK - The Columbia men's soccer team will return to Ivy League action this weekend when it visits rival Princeton. The Lions and Tigers are slated for a 4 p.m. kick-off at Roberts Stadium.


The Lions had their seven match unbeaten streak snapped Tuesday, Oct. 15 when they dropped a 4-0 decision at UConn. The Huskies tallied three goals in the opening half and added a fourth in the 68th minute to earn the win. 

Princeton suffered a similar loss Tuesday evening, falling 2-0 at St. John’s. The Tigers, currently tied for second in the Ivy League standings with four points, have not scored in their last two games, which included a 0-0 tie to Brown last Saturday.

The Tigers offense is buoyed by sophomore Thomas Sanner who leads the Ancient Eight with 13 points and six goals. Sanner’s 1.44 points per game average is good for 34th in the nation. Junior Cameron also has reached the double-digit point mark  (10) on four goals and two assists.

Senior Seth MacMIllan has played all but one game in net for the Tigers, posting a 3-6-1 record and a .595 save percentage.

The Lions and Tigers went head-to-head in a defensive struggle last season, playing to a scoreless tie. The first half was played without a shot on goal from either side before the offenses from both squads began to pick up momentum. Columbia keeper Kyle Jackson recorded eight saves, including three in the second overtime to help seal the draw.

From Sept. 14 - Oct. 12, the Lions posted a 5-0-2 mark. The seven match streak without a loss was the longest such streak since 1995-96 when the Lions won the final five games of the 1995 campaign and the first three in 1996.

During the Lions seven match streak without a loss, they allowed just four goals and shutout four opponents. Kyle Jackson earned three of the shutouts in goal, but the Lions defensive was equally as important to Columbia’s success. The back line has made it a point to limit opponents opportunities, holding its foes to just 11.7 shots per game.

Through the first nine games of the 2013 season the Lions racked up 15 goals, three more than they scored the entire 2012 season. In the Ivy League, Columbia trails only Penn who has scored 17 times this year, but has played two more games than the Lions. Columbia also leads the Ivy League with 14.0 shots per game, and is also pacing the conference with a 1.50 goals per game average.

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