Men's Soccer with Plenty to Play For on Saturday at Cornell
NEW YORK -- The Columbia men's soccer team has a shot at the Ivy League title as it enters play on Saturday at Cornell at 7 p.m. In the final game of the regular season, the Lions enter with a 4-2 record in the league and a point ahead of the Big Red at 3-1-2.
Columbia is currently a point behind both Brown and Dartmouth, which are 4-1-1 and are tied atop the Ivy League standings. Should Columbia defeat Cornell and Brown and Dartmouth's game finish in a draw on Saturday afternoon, the Lions would win the Ivy League championship.
LAST TIME OUT
Senior defender Ronnie Shaban scored a pair of goals, giving him three in the last two games, as the Lions defeated Harvard 2-1 on Senior Day at Columbia Soccer Stadium on November 5. After the Crimson got within 2-1 in the 55th minute, Columbia's sturdy defense held the Crimson without a shot over the final 26 minutes of play.
ALL-TIME vs. CORNELL
Columbia holds a 25-19-7 edge in the all-time series and has a 4-2-3 record against the Big Red over the last nine seasons.
LAST YEAR vs. CORNELL
The Lions and Big Red finished the 2010 regular season in a 0-0 draw in New York City. The Lions dominated the opening 80 minutes of play and after going a man down in the 81st minute, battled the Big Red scoreless over the final 30 minutes of play.
Ronnie Shaban was named the Ivy League Men's Soccer Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. On Wednesday, Soccer America announced that Shaban was named to its Team of the Week. Shaban scored three goals over two matches and helped Columbia to a pair of 2-1 victories on the week. The senior defender came off the bench to score on a diving header attempt in the second half against Adelphi, then notched the first brace of his career in a critical Ivy League win over Harvard on Senior Day that helped keep the Lions' Ivy League title hopes alive.
NICK THE QUICK
Junior Nick Scott helped Columbia double its lead vs. Harvard thanks to a perfectly placed corner kick far post at the 26:30 mark. Despite missing the early portion of the season due to injury, Scott leads the team with six assists in 10 matches played.
GAME-WINNERS IF YOU WILL?
For the fifth time this season, junior Will Stamatis scored the goal that led to victory for the Columbia men's soccer team. His 33rd-minute strike against Yale helped lift the Lions to a 1-0 win. Three of those goals have come in overtime, and on the season he has a team-leading six scores.
AROUND THE IVY LEAGUE
With one weekend remaining in Ivy League play, four teams are within two points of each other as the race for the championship comes down to the wire. Brown (4-1-1) and Dartmouth (4-1-1) are tied for first with 13 points apiece, while Columbia (4-2-0) has 12 points and Cornell (3-1-2), which entered week six in first-place, is fourth with 11 points. Brown, Dartmouth, Columbia and Cornell all face each other in the final week of the season, setting up an exciting finish for the Ivy title. Brown and Dartmouth will square off in Providence, R.I., with the winner taking the title. A tie gives Columbia an opportunity to take the League crown.