NEW YORK, N.Y. – A trio of goals and a strong defensive game helped the Columbia men’s soccer team defeat Sacred Heart, 3-0, on a crisp fall evening at Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium.
With the win, the Lions improve to 9-2-3 on the season, with two matches remaining.
Kynan Rocks got the scoring started in the opening minutes, finding the net for the first time this season. Arthur Bosua sent a forward pass to Matthew Swain, who’s cross into the box connected with Rocks for the score in the fifth minute.
Columbia fired away nine shots in the first period, but went into the locker room holding on to a 1-0 lead.
Similar to the way the first half began, the Lions put away a goal in the beginning of the second to increase the lead. Sam Hatem had a nice run up the left side, then sent a cross in to Rocks, who’s flick found John Denis for his fifth goal of the season.
Denis’ 52nd minute score allowed for Columbia to use its deep bench with a 2-0 advantage. In total, the Lions had 25 players see action, thanks to the strong defensive play that allowed just two total shots for Sacred Heart, and the offense that would not quit.
The Lions drew a corner kick with 12 minutes remaining in the match, and the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Week Beto Carrillo connected to the head of Alex Bangerl for the final score of the game.
In net, Dylan Castanheira posted his ninth shutout of the season, improving to 9-2-3 overall.
Columbia is back in action on Sunday, November 5, when Harvard visits in the home season finale at 2 p.m.