PHILADELPHIA - The Columbia men's soccer defeated Penn Saturday night, 1-0, with Jack Gagné netting the game-winner in the 38th minute. Kyle Jackson made a career-high eight saves in goal for the Lions.
The Quakers' offense responded, firing a pair of shots in the 18th minutes that Jackson turned away. Both shots came from the foot of Duke Lacroix, with a Tranvis Cantrell corner kick in between.
The Lions continued to pressure Penn, with a trio of Columbia student-athletes ripping off shots midway through the opening half, but the Quakers were able to keep the game scoreless through most of the first half.
Columbia's incessant offensive attack paid off in the 38th minute, as Jack Gagne became the eighth Lion to score this season. Gagne, a sophomore from Brooklyn, N.Y., was able to corral a rebound at the right post and put the ball into an open net. Antonio Matarazzo received credit for the assist on the play.
Columbia carried the 1-0 lead into the halftime intermission. The Lions held a slight 9-7 advantage in shots, while Jackson made four saves for Columbia in the first 45 minutes.
In the second half, the teams went back-and-forth with scoring opportunities. Stephen Baker had two early attempts for Penn turned away, the first blocked by the Columbia defense and the second stopped by Jackson. Nick Scott, Henning Sauerbier and Matarazzo followed with opportunities of their own for Columbia, but all were unsuccessful.
The Quakers started to feel the urgency of the match in the 73rd minute, as Alex Reddy began a 10-minute stretch that saw Penn rattle off four shots. Jackson continued to blank the Quakers though, saving three of the shots, while the fourth went high.
Jackson made his eighth save of the match in the final minute on a shot from Cantrell, as Columbia held on for the 1-0 victory.
The Lions move to 3-6-1 overall and even their Ivy League record at 1-1. Columbia will return home to face Providence Tuesday at the Columbia Soccer Stadium at 7 p.m.