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Elly McGuffog and the Lions visit Brown Saturday.
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

Women’s Soccer Faces First Ivy Road Test at Brown Saturday

NEW YORK - The Columbia women's soccer team will make its first road trip within the Ivy League Saturday, when it travels to Providence, R.I. to take on Brown. Kick-off at Stevenson Field is slated for 4 p.m.

Columbia last took the field Sunday, Sept. 29 when it fell on the road to Army, 3-2, in West Point, N.Y. Elly McGuffog scored early in the second half against the Black Knights to tie the game at 1-1, but Army came back with a pair of tallies to go up 3-1. Beverly Leon, who assisted on McGuffog's goal, got Columbia within one when she headed a cross from Coleen Rizzo into the back of the net, but Army would hold on for the 3-2 victory.

Each Ancient Eight team enters the weekend with one Ivy League contest under its belt. Dartmouth, Princeton, Columbia and Penn all won their conference openers, with Dartmouth sitting atop the rankings with a 6-2 overall mark. Princeton has gone 5-3-1 through the midway point of the season, while Columbia and Penn each sit at .500 (4-4).

Brown, equal to Dartmouth, has an overall record of 6-2, but lost its Ivy League opener to the Big Green. The loss to Dartmouth last Sunday snapped a four-game win streak for Brown. The Bears had knocked off Vermont and Northeastern on the road and then took down Sacred Heart and UMass, all by a score of 1-0.

The Bears have built their 6-2 record thanks to stellar goalkeeper. Amber Bledsoe and MC Barrett have each played 360 minutes this season and they are the top two ranked keepers in goals-against average and save percentage in the Ivy League. Brown's .750 shutout percentage (six shutouts in eight games) ranks third in the nation, trailing just Florida State and UCLA (.778, 7-9).

Grace Redmon has held her own protecting Columbia's net this season, ranking second in the Ivy League with 41 saves.

Leon paces the Lions with eight points this season, scoring three goals and assisting on two more. Chloe Cross has eight points for the Bears, recording four goals this season.


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