Women's Soccer Looks to Remain Atop Ivy League Standings, Hosts Dartmouth for Senior Day on Saturday
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
NEW YORK - Another pivotal match in the Ivy League is on the docket for the Columbia University women's soccer team this Saturday, as the Lions (9-2-3, 3-0-1 Ivy League) take on Dartmouth (4-7-2, 1-2-1 Ivy League) at Columbia Soccer Stadium at 7 p.m. Prior to the match, Columbia's four senior student-athletes - Lauren Cooke, Lindsay Danielson, Kelly Hostetler and Keri Nobil - will be honored.

Columbia sits in first place in the Ivy League standings with three weekends left to play, and is the only team without a loss at 3-0-1 (10 points). The Lions lead Princeton (3-1-0, 9 points) by a point and gave the Tigers the only blemish on their ledger last weekend. Princeton faces off against defending Ivy League champion Harvard on Saturday at 5 p.m., while Penn and Yale will also meet on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Cornell and Brown will face one another on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 2 p.m.

A pair of first-years provided all the offense the Lions would need to extend their unbeaten streak to eight with a 2-0 win over Manhattan on Monday evening. Coleen Rizzo scored on a beautiful strike in the 37th minute to record the eventual game-winner, while classmate Chelsea Ryan tallied an insurance goal off a corner kick by senior captain Kelly Hostetler in the 85th minute. Senior Lindsay Danielson had a stellar night in net, registering nine saves in her first action this season to record the first full-match shutout of her career.

The Big Green won the first 12 matches between the two schools, but since then the series has been fairly even. Dartmouth has a slight 6-3-3 edge over the past 12 seasons, but the Lions have won their last two contests against the Big Green at Columbia Soccer Stadium.

Dartmouth enters the weekend with a 4-7-2 record, and is 1-2-1 in Ivy League play. The Big Green defeated Vermont in their last time out, 7-0, as nine different player tallied at least one point. Melisa Krnjaic and Peyton Tata had two goals apiece, while Allison Yeager, Aurelia Solomon and Marina Moschitto also found the back of the net. Moschitto leads the team with four goals on the year, while Tata has three goals and an assist. Colleen Hogan has started all 13 matches in goal and has stopped 42 shots.

Junior goalkeeper Lillian Klein leads the team and the Ivy League in shutouts in 2010, but she isn't the only Lion that's capable of keeping a clean sheet in goal. Senior Lindsay Danielson, making her first appearance this season and the sixth start of her career, recorded nine saves to notch her first career full-match shutout against Manhattan on Monday. The shutout was the eighth for the Lions this season, two shy of the all-time single-season program record of 10 set in 1998 and matched in 2006.

Throughout the year, Columbia has been a team that has gotten offense in a wide variety of ways. Ten different Columbia players have scored goals this season, while 13 Lions have recorded at least one point. The 2005 season was the last time 10 players tallied at least one goal.

The Lions will have two matches remaining following the tilt with Dartmouth, both road Ivy League contests. Columbia will travel to Yale to take on the Bulldogs on Saturday, Oct. 30, and will close out its 2010 campaign on Saturday, Nov. 6 at Harvard.