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Women's Soccer Goes for Third Straight Conference Win Against Penn on Friday

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NEW YORK -- The Columbia women's soccer team will be in search of its third consecutive Ivy League victory of 2011 on Friday evening as it takes on Penn at Columbia Soccer Stadium at 7 p.m. This game is designated as a Student Rewards Program event. The first 50 students in attendance get a free t-shirt.

The Lions went on the road on Monday evening and battled Lehigh scoreless through regulation, but ultimately conceded the game-winning goal in the 98th minute to drop a non-conference tilt, 1-0. Sophomore Coleen Rizzo led the squad with three shots in 84 minutes played.

Penn comes into Friday's match with an Ivy League-best 8-2 overall record. In conference, the Quakers split their first two matches, losing to Harvard, 2-0, before downing Cornell on Sept. 30, 2-1. Senior forward Marin McDermott paces the team with five goals, while first-year Megan York is coming off a two-goal performance against St. Francis (Pa.) on Oct. 2 that propelled her to Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors.

The Lions and Quakers have each won nine contests in the series, and have tied four times in a rivalry that dates back to 1989. More recently, Columbia has a three-match unbeaten streak over Penn including wins in each of the past two years.

First-year forward Alexa Yow was  named Ivy League Women's Soccer Player of the Week on Monday, becoming the first Ivy League Player of the Week since Nora Dooley earned the honor last season after her two-goal performance against Princeton. Yow became the first first-year to score a pair of goals in an Ivy League match since Courtney Nasshorn '06CC scored a pair against Brown in 2002.

- The 2-0 start in Ivy League play is the second in four years for Columbia, who also started the 2008 year 2-0. Last season, the Lions began the year with a win and a tie, before a two-match winning streak propelled them to a 3-0-1 start.
- Senior Lillian Klein currently ranks first in the Ivy League with 44 saves, and is fourth in save percentage at .830. She is ranked second amongst full-time starters in save percentage, as Brown's duo of MC Barrett and Amber Bledsoe rank 1-2 in the category.

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