Men's Soccer Draws with Cornell 1-1, Finishes Third in Ivy League Race
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Columbia and Cornell finished the first half tied at 1-1 and despite a flurry of action on each side, the score remained deadlocked in the regular season finale for both teams.
After Dartmouth and Brown battled to a scoreless draw earlier on Saturday, a Columbia win would have given the Lions the Ivy League title. After the draw with Cornell, the Lions (4-2-1, 13 points) finished a point behind both Dartmouth and Brown (4-1-2, 14 points), which each won a share of the league title with 14 points.
David Najem gave the visitors a boost at the 16:10 mark when he chipped one over the head of Cornell keeper Zach Zagorski. Najem's second goal of the season gave Columbia a 1-0 lead that the Lions maintained for much of the first half.
Columbia controlled the flow of play for most of the half, firing off six shots after Najem's goal that the Cornell defense denied.
With four minutes left in the first half, Tyler Regan found Daniel Haber streaking toward the net and Haber tipped in his ninth goal of the season that tied the match at 1-1 heading into intermission.
Columbia had only one shot on goal in the second half, a shot by Mike Abraham in the 85th minute that Zagorski saved as the match headed to the extra sessions.
The Lions' best chance in the first overtime came after a corner kick in the 97th minute that Mike Mazzullo got a head on but Zagorski was equal to that shot as well.
Columbia got five shots off in the second overtime, two that were saved while Alexander Aurrichio made a save in the second overtime to keep the game tied at 1-1.
The Lions finish the regular season at 8-7-2 and 4-2-1 in the Ivy League, their best record since 2003 and the best Ivy League mark for the Lions since the 2002 season.