NEW YORK -- After two straight Ivy League road contests each of the last two weekends, the Columbia men's soccer team returns to the friendly confines of Columbia Soccer Stadium for a conference tilt with Yale on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m.
The Lions stand at 2-2 in the Ivy League and are four points behind first-place Cornell (3-0-1). The Bulldogs are a game ahead of Columbia in the standings at 3-1, and just one point behind the Big Red.
LAST TIME OUT
A pair of second-half goals by Dartmouth proved to be the difference as the Columbia men's soccer team fell 2-0 to the Big Green in Hanover, N.H. After outshooting the home team, 7-3, and having the better run of play in the first half, the Lions saw their opponents have an 11-4 advantage in attempts in the second stanza.
The Bulldogs defeated Penn in Philadelphia last weekend by a 2-1 score, improving to 3-1 in the Ivy League in the process. Charlie Paris scored with less than six minutes remaining in the second overtime period to give Yale the thrilling road win. Peter Jacobsen leads the team with five goals, while goalkeeper Bobby Thalman leads the Ivy League in both save percentage (.857) and saves (78).
LAST YEAR vs. YALE
The Lions held the Bulldogs scoreless over 110 minutes and outshot the home team, but could not find the back of the net in settling for a 0-0 draw at Reese Stadium. In the 84th minute, Columbia came close to getting on the board, as Bayo Adafin gained possession of the ball on the right side and left-footed a shot that hit directly off the crossbar and away from net.
ALL-TIME vs. THE BULLDOGS
The Bulldogs lead the series 28-19-4, and have won six of the last seven matchups between the two schools. Columbia last defeated Yale during the 2004 season.
AROUND THE IVY LEAGUE
Top-ranked Cornell drew with Brown last weekend, pulling them back to the pack a little bit in the conference standings. The Big Red are 3-0-1 in Ivy League play, one point ahead of both Dartmouth and Yale. Cornell travels to Princeton to take on the defending Ivy League champions on Saturday in a game that will begin at 4 p.m.
The Big Green takes a trip to arch rival Harvard for a 4 p.m. match on Saturday, while Penn and Brown duke it out in a 7 p.m. match the same day in Rhode Island.
Senior captain Mike Mazzullo leads the Lions this season with four assists. Last year, classmate Francois Anderson paced the squad with the same number. The two totals are the highest for a Lion since John Mulhern registered eight assists in 2006.