Women's Soccer Drops First Ivy League Match of Season to Dartmouth, 2-1

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First-year Beverly Leon assisted on the Columbia goal against Dartmouth on Saturday.
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Mike McLaughlin

NEW YORK -- The Columbia University women's soccer team saw its eight-match unbeaten streak fall by the wayside on Saturday, as Dartmouth scored the first two goals of the match and fended off a furious Lion rally toward the end to take a 2-1 win at Columbia Soccer Stadium.

The loss drops Columbia (9-3-3, 3-1-1 Ivy) into a first-place tie in the Ivy League with Penn at 10 points, but the Lions still control their own destiny by virtue of their 2-1 win over the Quakers on Oct. 9.

The Lions controlled the pace of play early, and had numerous close calls but could not quite find the finishing touch. Senior captain Kelly Hostetler had five corner kicks in the opening 20 minutes of the match. Classmate Lauren Cooke was on the receiving end of two of them, but had one header go wide and the other saved by Dartmouth goalie Colleen Hogan.

In the 38th minute, the Big Green scored on their first quality chance of the match. A fine cross from Melisa Krnjaic connected with Chrissy Lozier far post. Lozier played the ball back in front of the goal to Peyton Tata, who scored to put Dartmouth on top 1-0.

The match would remain a one-goal Dartmouth advantage heading into the halftime break, despite the Lions leading the shot battle 7-5 and the corner-kick category 6-1.

Dartmouth would add to its lead in the 75th minute off a corner kick. Columbia junior goalkeeper Lillian Klein came off her line to make a nice play on the corner and punch it out, but the ball went directly to Katie Davis, who headed home a laser shot from about 18 yards away.

The insurance goal from the Big Green would be critical, as the Lions came back to cut their deficit to one just moments later. First-year Beverly Leon took the ball down the left side and crossed to classmate Coleen Rizzo, who re-directed the ball to the lower-right corner of net to put the score at 2-1.

Columbia would have a few opportunities down the stretch, including a shot from Leon that was saved by Hogan with minutes remaining, but could not come through with the equalizing tally.

The Lions will look to bounce back on Saturday, Oct. 30 as they travel to Connecticut to take on Yale. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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