NEW YORK - The Columbia men's soccer team returns to Ivy League competition this Saturday, playing host to Princeton at the Columbia Soccer Stadium. Game time is slated for 4 p.m.
Saturday's contest is the third Ivy League matchup for both the Lions and Tigers. Columbia heads into the game in a tie for fourth in the Ivy League with a 1-1-0 mark, while Princeton carries a 1-0-1 record, placing them in a tie for second. No. 16 Cornell remains at the top of the standings, posting a 2-0-0 Ivy League, the only unblemished record in the conference.
After playing road matches for over three weeks, Columbia hosted Providence Tuesday night. The Lions struck first after a crafty goal from Nick Scott set up by Kofi Agyapong put Columbia up 1-0 in the 15th minute. However Providence responded with a tally in the second half as the game ended in a tie.
Michael Attal made his fourth start in goal for Columbia against the Friars, making nine saves, the most for any Columbia keeper in a single game this season.
Prior to that game, the Lions played their first two Ivy League matches on the road. The Ancient Eight slate opened with a close 2-1 loss at No. 19 Brown on Sept. 29 before shutting out Penn, 1-0, on Oct. 6.
Princeton's most recent match was also an out-of-conference affair, as the Tigers took on No. 24 Creighton at home Tuesday. The Bluejays escaped Roberts Stadium with a 3-2 win over Princeton to drop the Tigers to 5-4-1overall.
Thomas Sanner paces Princeton on the offensive end with 11 points. The freshman has had a hand in eight if the 13 goals Princeton has recorded this season, scoring three himself and assisting on five others. Matt Sanner, Thomas' older brother, matches him with three goals scored.
Seth MacMillan has been Princeton's primary keeper in 2012. MacMillan has made 22 saves and claims a .759 save percentage in seven starts.
Since the 2002 season, Columbia has only between Princeton on two occasions, though the Lions won the most recent meeting. Playing in Princeton, N.J. last October, Columbia captured a 2-1 victory with goals from Henning Sauerbier and Will Stamatis.