NEW YORK - The Columbia women's soccer team will play its second-to-last home match this Saturday, as the Lions welcome the Princeton Tigers to New York City. Game time at the Columbia Soccer Stadium is set for 7 p.m.
Columbia returns to its home turf after splitting a pair of matches on the road last week. The Lions challenged Penn Oct. 5, but fell to the Quakers 1-0. With the win Penn stayed in step with Princeton at 3-0 in Ivy League play.
The Lions rebounded Sunday, Oct. 7 with a 2-0 trouncing of NJIT. Coleen Rizzo and Beverly Leon each notched their fifth goal of the season in the victory. Columbia has relied heavily on its two leading point scorers this year, with 10 of its 14 goals coming from the duo. Leon and Rizzo, with 13 and 12 points, respectively, both rank in the top-five in the Ivy League in that category.
The Columbia defense faces a tough challenge Saturday, as the Princeton lineup features the Ivy League's top scorer in Jen Hoy. The senior has racked up 29 points this season on 14 goals and one assist. In the Tigers most recent match against Lehigh Wednesday, Hoy registered her third hat trick of the season in a 6-1 throttling of the Mountain Hawks.
Overall, Princeton holds an 8-3-1 mark and are in the midst of a six-game winning streak that has including Ivy League wins over Yale, Dartmouth and Brown.
In the all-time series between Columbia and Princeton, the Tigers have held the upper hand, winning 18 of 26 matches. Over the past two seasons though, the home teams have came out successful with the Lions winning the 2010 meeting at the Baker Athletic Complex, 2-0, and Princeton taking a 4-1 decision last year at Roberts Stadium.
Columbia is entering the home stretch of the 2012 season with only four games remaining. Following the Princeton game Saturday, the Lions host Dartmouth on homecoming (Oct. 20) in the last home game of the season. Columbia wraps up the regular season with trips to Yale (Oct. 27) and Harvard (Nov. 3).