Leon Scores A Pair of Goals As Columbia Defeats LIU 3-0
NEW YORK - Senior Beverly Leon scored a season-high two goals on Sunday, Sep. 29 to lift the Columbia women’s soccer team to a 3-0 victory over LIU Brooklyn. With the shutout, the Lions captured its second straight home win at Columbia Soccer Stadium and its third shutout in four games.
“Our group was very determined to dictate the flow of the game today. We were going to make sure win, lose, or draw that we played our game tonight,” said Head Coach Kevin McCarthy.
At the 10 minute mark, the Lions displayed solid ball movement in the box to deliver the game’s first goal. Natalie Melo stayed focus on the left side to deliver a quick pass to Alexa Yow who found Leon for the score with a rocket shot from the top of the box.
Leon scored her third goal of the season and the Lions defense remained strong, with Gabby Dubbick in goal, to hold the Blackbirds scoreless through the first half. The Lions allowed no shots from LIU in the first half to take a 1-0 lead at the break.
The Lions continued to display solid patience on offense to keep the pressure on the LIU Brooklyn defense in the second half. Torie Goode scored her first goal of the season at the 65th minute mark off a poised setup from Melo for her second assist of the match. Columbia tallied five assists for the game, including a leading pass from Elly McGuffog that found Leon for her second score at the 86th minute mark.
“We needed to be patient but persistent on our attacking play and the game went our way today, ” said McCarthy.
Columbia held on to defeat the Blackbirds 3-0 at home to improve to 5-3-1 on the season. Up next, the Lions will jump back into Ivy League play on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. to host Brown.