HANOVER, N.H. -- A pair of second-half goals by Dartmouth proved to be the difference as the Columbia men's soccer team fell 2-0 to the Big Green on Saturday afternoon. After outshooting the home team, 7-3, and having the better run of play in the first half, the Lions saw their opponents have an 11-4 advantage in attempts in the second stanza.
The Lions controlled play for much of the opening half, but could not make it count on the scoreboard. In addition to the seven shots, the Lions also had a pair of corner kicks while limiting the Big Green to just one.
The lack of finishing in the opening stanza came back to bite Columbia in the 56th minute as Teo Larssen-Sax headed home a shot off a corner kick by Kevin Dzierzawski to put the score at 1-0.
Columbia nearly scored the equalizer in the 73rd minute, as junior Will Stamatis hit the crossbar with a header attempt after having a shot saved by Dartmouth goalkeeper Noah Cohen a minute before.
Moments later, the Big Green pushed the score to 2-0 as Patrick Murray cashed in a pass from Dzierzawski in the 79th minute. From there, sophomore Henning Sauerbier and Stamatis each had shots down the stretch to bring the Lions back but could not convert.
Senior Alexander Aurrichio closed the contest with a pair of saves in goal for Columbia, while Cohen registered a shutout by stopping four shots.
The Lions return home for their next match on Saturday, Oct. 29 against Yale at 4 p.m.