FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Beverly Leon scored the only goal for the Columbia women’s soccer team and it was all the Lions needed as they defeated Sacred Heart 1-0 on Tuesday, Sep. 10. The Lions grabbed its second straight road win and improve to 2-1-0 behind a solid defensive effort at Campus Field.
After a scoreless first half, Columbia took a 1-0 lead on the score by Leon in the 82nd minute. Leon made a sensational spin move in the center of the field putting pressure on the Pioneer defense. Sacred Heart was called for a foul and the Lions set up for a free kick at the top of the 20-yard box. Leon fired a shot in the back of the net past the Pioneer bunch for the first goal of the game and the win.
The Lion defense showed up big tonight holding the feisty Pioneers scoreless and giving Columbia its first shutout victory of the season. Two Columbia goalkeepers saw their first action of the year tonight in Gabby Dubick and Allison Spencer. Dubick was aggressive in her first start grabbing two saves in the first 45 minutes of play.
First-year Allison Spencer posted a standout performance in her first collegiate game. The Salt Lake City native, tallied six saves in the second half against a Pioneer attack that posted 10 shots in the half. Sacred Heart relentlessly kept knocking on the Columbia door for a stretch but Spencer made a number of great stops including a quick diving save on a Pioneer corner kick.
Up next, the Lions hit the road to compete in the University of North Florida Tournament in Jacksonville, Fla. Columbia will kick-off the tournament on Friday, Sep. 13 against Florida Atlantic at 5 p.m. and will follow it up with a game against host North Florida on Sunday, Sep. 15 at 2 p.m.