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Women's Soccer Takes Trip to New Jersey to Battle Ivy Rival Princeton on Saturday

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NEW YORK -- The Columbia women's soccer team enters this weekend's Ivy League match against Princeton on Saturday one point out of first place in the Ivy League. The Lions are 2-1 thus far in conference matches, with only Harvard ahead of them in the standings at 2-0-1. Kickoff with the Tigers, who are off to a tough 0-3 start in the Ivy League, is slated for 4 p.m. at Roberts Stadium.

LAST TIME OUT
The Lions dropped a 1-0 road match at Monmouth on Sunday, two days after falling 2-0 to Penn at Columbia Soccer Stadium. The Hawks scored the match's lone goal in the 69th minute, while the Quakers scored a pair of goals from distance early in the first half to take command.

SCOUTING THE TIGERS
Princeton has had a busy week, playing two non-conference matches on Monday and Wednesday against Francis Marion and Lehigh. The Tigers snapped a six-match winless streak with a 6-0 win against Francis Marion, then held on for a 1-0 victory over Lehigh two days later.

In Ivy League play, Princeton stands at 0-3 with losses to Yale, Dartmouth and Brown. Jen Hoy leads the team with three goals and eight points, while Lauren Lazo and Sara Chehrehsa each have six points (2G, 2A).

ALL-TIME vs. PRINCETON
Columbia has defeated the Tigers just five times in 25 tries, including last season's 2-0 victory at Columbia Soccer Stadium. The last time the Lions faced Princeton in New Jersey, the match resulted in a scoreless draw -- one of three times in the series that the two schools have tied.

AROUND THE IVY LEAGUE
Ivy League-leading Harvard (2-0-1) travels to Brown (2-1) on Saturday afternoon, with the Bears trying to vault into first place with a win. Cornell (0-2-1), coming off a 2-2 tie against Harvard for its first conference result of the season, hosts Yale (2-1). In the final match of the day, Dartmouth (1-2) looks to even its Ivy League record with a win at home over Penn (2-1).

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