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NEW YORK - The Columbia women’s soccer team (1-1-0) will begin a string of four consecutive road games on Tuesday, Sep. 10 at 7:30 p.m. against Sacred Heart.

ABOUT SACRED HEART: The Pioneers (1-4-0) will welcome Columbia as its second straight Ivy League opponent on Tuesday. Cornell defeated Sacred Heart 1-0 in the Pioneers’ last home game on Sep. 6. Marissa Christy has led the offense tallying four points, including two goals, in the five games played.

COLUMBIA  Team Matchup SACRED HEART
1-1-0 Record 1-4-0
Ivy League Conference NEC
1.50 Goals Per Game 1.00
.167 Shot % .091
5 Assists 3
Natalie Melo & Alexa Yow (3 pts.) Leading Scorer Marissa Christy (4 pts.)
Grace Redmon (1-1) (.733 save %) Goalkeeper Judkins Sydney (1-4) (.714 save%)

LAST TIME OUT: The Lions finished 1-1 in its opening weekend of play. For the first time since 2002, Columbia opened the season with a victory on Sept. 6 behind a 3-2 double overtime win at Manhattan College. Junior Natilie Melo came up big with the game-winning goal at the 101st minute of play. Elly McGuffog and Alexa Yow both assisted Melo on the game clinching play.

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Columbia also played its home opener on Sept. 8 against a tough Monmouth squad. The Lions fell to the unbeaten Hawks, 2-0.

“We lost to a good Monmouth team that played their game at a better level than we played ours today, and that’s a lesson learned on the day about sticking to our principles and style of play, “ said Columbia women’s soccer head coach Kevin McCarthy.

“When we are five games into the season as they (Monmouth) are I expect that we will have that down to a higher level.”

MELO STRIKES FIRST: Natalie Melo has put together a solid start to her junior season. Behind a three-point scoring weekend, including the game-winning score at Manhattan, Melo was named to the first Ivy League Weekly Performance Honor Roll of the 2013 season.

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