Menís Soccer Seeks First Ivy League Win Saturday at Penn
NEW YORK - The Columbia men's soccer team will visit Penn Saturday night in the second Ivy League match of the season for both teams. Game time at Rhodes Field is set for 7 p.m. Saturday.
Saturday's match is the fourth in a row for Columbia on the road. The Lions have went 0-2-1 through the first three games of that stretch, including a tough loss on the road at Brown to begin Ivy League play Sept. 29. Antonio Matarazzo became the seventh Columbia player to net a goal for the Lions this season, scoring in the 82nd minute of the contest in Providence, R.I.
Of the seven student-athletes to score this season, Kofi Agyapong leads the way in points, having assisted on a pair of tallies to bring his point total for four. Nick Scott and Henning Sauerbier each have one goal and assist this season.
The Columbia offense should have plenty of opportunities Saturday, as Penn ranks last in the Ivy League in goals allowed and goals-against average. The Quakers have allowed a league worst 26 goals, for a 2.60 goals-against average.
The Penn offensive has done its best to keep them in games, posting an Ivy League best 15.7 shots per game, while ranking second in goals at 2.20 per game.
Both goalkeepers though have played well despite the activity in front of them. Penn's Max Kurtzman averages 6.14 saves per game to pace the Ivy League, while Columbia Kyle Jackson ranks sixth at 3. 86.
Penn has won the last two meetings against Columbia. The Quakers captured a 3-2 win last season at the Columbia Soccer Stadium and won the last meeting at Rhodes Field 1-0 in 2010. Columbia's last win in the series came in 2009, a 1-0 victory at home.
Around the Ivy League, Penn began conference play with a 3-2 loss at No. 22 Cornell last weekend. Dartmouth, who fell to Princeton to begin Ivy League play, will play host to a Yale squad that tied Harvard. Brown and Princeton sit atop the standings after one game with Cornell. The Big Red takes its unbeaten 9-0-0 record to Cambridge, Mass. for a Saturday tilt against Harvard.