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Nicholas Pappacena and Columbia host Sacred Heart Wednesday.
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Mike McLaughlin

Menís Soccer Hosts Sacred Heart in Final Out-Of-Conference Match Wednesday

NEW YORK – The Columbia men’s soccer team will host its final out-of-conference opponent Wednesday night at the Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium when Sacred Heart visits New York City.

LAST TIME OUT
Columbia scored a pair of goals in the final 10 minutes of regulation to tie the visiting Yale Bulldogs, 3-3, at the Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium Saturday evening. Jack GagnéAndrew Tinari and Nicholas Pappacena all scored in the second half for Columbia, while Ron Zori posted two assists.

Yale built a 3-1 lead when Henos Musie found the back of the net for the second time in the 72nd minute, but the Lions were able to roar back. Zori served as the offensive catalyst, assisting on both of the Lions’ final goals, while first-years Andrew Tinari and Nicholas Pappacena recorded the tallies.

SCOUTING COLUMBIA
The trio of David Najem, Will Stamatis and Tinari have driven the Columbia offense. With his goal Saturday, Tinari joined his two senior teammates in the double-digit point club with 11 on the season. Najem continues to pace the Lions with 14 points, while Stamatis now has 12 on the season after assisting on Pappacena’s game-tying goal Saturday.

The Lions back line, which has been so strong defensively, has been active on the offensive end of the field as well. Jack Gagné notched his first goal of the season on Saturday, while Antonio Matarazzo, who has split time between the back line and midfield, has four goals this season.

SCOUTING SACRED HEART
The Pioneers snapped a seven-game losing streak on Sunday, downing LIU Brooklyn, 1-0, at home. During its losing stretch, Sacred Heart was shutout five times and outscored 17-4.

Mahmoud Kafel leads the Pioneers with 14 points and six goals. Aaron Burrell comes into Wednesday’s contest with an even three goals and three assists. Tucker Hackett and Dylan Strachan each come into the game with two wins in net, with Hackett having played 11 of the Pioneers’ 16 games.

SERIES HISTORY
Sacred Heart leads the all-time series 1-2, having won the first and most recent meetings. Columbia’s lone win came during the 2011 season, a 2-1 overtime victory at home.

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