NEW YORK - In a tough Ivy League battle on Saturday, Oct. 12, the Columbia women's soccer team dropped its first home match in five games in a 1-0 defeat to Penn. An own goal scored early in the first half was the only score of the game and the Quakers held on as the Lions move to 6-4-2.

The  Quakers took the lead in the opening five minutes of play following a wild own goal play. On a Penn corner kick, the ball bounced off a Columbia player and into the back of the net to give the Quakers a 1-0 lead.

Columbia remained aggresive in the oppening half, playing for six corner kicks. Both teams did not allow a goal in the remainder 40 minutes of the first half as the Quakers took a one goal lead at the break.

First-year goalkeeper Allison Spencer tallied five of her game-high six saves in the first half for a solid game in goal. The Lions had several chances to score in the second half, outshooting the Quakers 6-2. A number of shots by Beverly Leon and solid shots from Torie Goode were well played for the Columbia offense.

In the final minutes, the Penn defense would not budge and the Lions dropped to 0-2-1 in the Ivy League as the Quakers improved to 2-1. 

Up next, Columbia will complete a five game homestand when they take on Lafayette on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m.