Men's Soccer Heads North to Battle Dartmouth on Saturday
NEW YORK -- The Columbia men's soccer team will look for its third victory in four Ivy League matches on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m., when it takes on Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H. The Lions (5-6-1, 2-1 Ivy) and Big Green (5-4-2, 2-1 Ivy) are tied for second place in the conference standings, three points behind Cornell.
LAST TIME OUT
Junior Will Stamatis scored the game-winning goal -- his fourth of the season -- with just 1:43 to play in regulation to give the Lions a 2-1 win over defending Ivy League champion Princeton on Oct. 15. Sophomore Henning Sauerbier also found the back of the net for Columbia, while senior captain Mike Mazzullo tallied a pair of assists.
SCOUTING THE BIG GREEN
Dartmouth enters having won four of its last five matches, including last week's 2-1 victory over Penn in Philadelphia. Earlier in the year, the Big Green downed South Carolina and tied the current No. 9 team in the nation, South Florida, at the Dartmouth Classic. Lucky Mkosana, a three-time first team All-Ivy League selection and a former conference Rookie of the Year, leads the team and the Ivy League with eight goals.
ALL-TIME vs. DARTMOUTH
The Lions lead the all-time series 26-19-7, and have won the last two matchups between the two schools. Columbia is 13-9-4 in away matches vs. Dartmouth, with the last victory in Hanover coming two seasons ago, 2-0.
LAST SEASON'S MATCHUP
Henning Sauerbier finished in front of the net with just 1:16 remaining in regulation to lift the Lions to a 2-1 victory over Dartmouth on Alumni Day at Columbia Soccer Stadium. With time running down, Bayo Adafin made a great run down the left side and fed a pass to Sauerbier in front. The German product converted on the chance from point-blank range.
THE "MATIS" TOUCH
Will Stamatis has had a flair for the dramatic in 2011, having registered four game-winning goals that have broken ties late in matches. Three of the game-winners have come in overtime to give Columbia golden-goal victories, with the fourth coming last week with 1:43 remaining against Princeton. Overall, Stamatis leads the team with five goals and leads all NCAA Division I players with those three overtime game-winners.
After being held scoreless for five consecutive matches earlier this season, Columbia's offense has found its stride and has scored two goals in the last three matches -- all of which have been Ivy League tilts. The Lions are 4-1 this season when scoring two goals, with the lone loss coming to Penn on Oct. 8.