Women's Soccer Heads to Yale for Crucial Ivy League Match on Saturday
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Mike McLaughlin

NEW YORK - With just two weeks remaining in the Ivy League season, the Columbia University women's soccer team finds itself in control of its own destiny. The Lions will take on Yale in another crucial conference match on Saturday, Oct. 30, and look to remain atop the conference standings.

Columbia is tied with Penn for the top spot in the conference at 3-1-1 (10 points). Princeton and Harvard are tied for third at nine points, while Dartmouth is fifth at seven points. The Lions hold the tiebreaker over the Quakers via their 2-1 win on Oct. 9, and also beat the Tigers, 2-0, on Oct. 16.

The Lions saw their eight-match unbeaten streak fall by the wayside on Oct. 23, as Dartmouth scored the first two goals of the match and fended off a furious Columbia rally at the end to take a 2-1 win at Columbia Soccer Stadium. First-year Coleen Rizzo scored her second goal in as many matches to cut the Lions' deficit to one in the 76th minute.

The Lions have won five of the last seven meetings between the two schools, including each of the last two matchups. The Bulldogs began the series with a 17-match unbeaten streak (15-0-2) and leads 17-5-3 all-time.

Sophie Reiser '10CC scored the final goal of her Columbia career in the 37th minute, and the Lions took a 1-0 decision over Yale at Columbia Soccer Stadium. Reiser found the back of the net for the 26th time in four years, off a feed from Kelly Hostetler.

Yale sits at 6-8-1 overall and 1-4 in the Ivy League, but the one victory came against the lone team that beat Columbia this season. The Bulldogs took a 3-1 decision over the Big Green on Oct. 9. Reigning Ivy League Player of the Year Becky Brown has four goals and four assists, leading the team in both categories as well as in points (12). Enma Mullo is right behind Brown with three goals and four assists. Ayana Sumiyasu has started 14 matches between the pipes and maintains a 1.19 goals-against average.

Columbia sits atop the Ivy League in a number of key offensive and defensive categories in 2010. The Lions lead the conference in points per game (4.87), assists (27), assists per game (1.80), goals allowed (10), goals against average (0.63), corner kicks (105), and is tied for the lead in shutouts with Penn (8).

Individually, senior Kelly Hostetler is tied with Princeton's Caitlin Blosser for the top spot with seven assists. First-years Beverly Leon and Chelsea Ryan are tied for fifth in the conference with four apiece.

Junior Ashlin Yahr ranks fourth in goals with six, one behind three different players with seven. Three of Yahr's goals have been of the game-winning variety, which ties her for the second-most in the league behind Princeton's Jen Hoy (4).

Junior goalkeeper Lillian Klein leads the conference in goals against average (0.67), save percentage (.868) and shutouts (7), while ranking second with 66 saves.