Men's Soccer Welcomes Penn Saturday Following Stadium Dedication
NEW YORK - The Columbia men's soccer team will host its second straight Ivy League opponent to begin conference play Saturday, when it takes on Penn at 7:30 p.m. The match will follow the dedication ceremony of the soccer complex at the Baker Athletics Complex as the Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium.
On Saturday, Oct. 12, between the women’s and men’s soccer matches, Columbia Athletics will dedicate the soccer stadium at the Baker Athletics Complex in the name of Rocco B. Commisso ’71SEAS, ’75BUS. Commisso was the co-captain of the 1970 men’s soccer team, leading the Lions to their first NCAA Tournament appearance. The stadium will become the fifth venue at the Baker Athletics Complex to be named after prominent and generous alumni in a ceremony between the women’s and men’s games that day.
CAN’T BE TOPPED
Over their last six matches, the Lions are 5-0-1. The last time Columbia went six straight games without suffering a loss was the 2003 season when they went 5-0-1 from Oct. 4-27.
SCOUTING THE QUAKERS
Penn was one of three Ivy League squads to win its conference-opener last weekend. Jonny Dolezal scored the games’ lone goal in the 81st minute to lead the Quakers past the defending Ivy League Champions, Cornell at Rhodes Field. Sophomore Max Polkihorne made his first Ivy League start against the Big Red, making seven stops to earn his first career shutout.
Junior Duke Lacroix enters Saturday’s contest with a team-high nine points on four goals and an assist. Freshman Sam Hayward trails Lacroix by just one point with four tallies on the season.
Tyler Kinn has been the primary goalkeeper for Penn, posting a 2-6 record and a .717 save percentage, while Polkinorne has won both games he’s started and holds a .875 save percentage.
LAST TIME VS. PENN
Taking on the Quakers in Philadelphia last season, Jack Gagné found the back of the net in the 38th minute for the Lions and Kyle Jackson stopped a then career-best eight shots to lead Columbia to a 1-0 conference victory.
The Lions are 3-0-1 at the Columbia Soccer Stadium this season. Columbia has shut out Manhattan and LIU Brooklyn and holds a 10-3 goal differential on its home pitch.
Through the first eight games of the 2013 season the Lions have racked up 15 goals, three more than they scored the entire 2012 season. In the Ivy League, Columbia trails only Penn who has scored 17 times this year, but has played two more games than the Lions. Columbia also leads the Ivy League with 14.4 shots per game, 1.5 more than second-place Cornell and is also pacing the conference with a 1.88 goals per game average.
TALE OF TWO HALVES
The Lions doubled their first half goal total with two strikes last Saturday against Brown. Of the Lions' 15 goals this season, 11 have come after the halftime intermission. Opponents have scored just eight times on Columbia with only three of those coming in the final 45 minutes.