PRINCETON, N.J. -- Senior forward Ashlin Yahr scored to pull within three of Columbia's career goals scored mark, but it was not enough as the Columbia women's soccer team dropped a 4-1 decision to Princeton on Saturday afternoon at Roberts Stadium.
The Tigers got on the board early, as Lauren Lazo cashed in an opportunity just 59 seconds into the match off feeds from Sara Chehrehsa and Gabriella Guzman. In the 12th minute, Chehrehsa set up another score - this time it was Jen Hoy on the receiving end - to put the score at 2-0.
Columbia halved its deficit in the 15th minute, as junior Isabel King booted a long ball on a counter attack and found Yahr down the left side. The Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. native got a foot on the ball and slipped it past Princeton goalkeeper Kristin Watson to make it 2-1.
The score would remain the same through halftime, and despite having five corner kicks and putting pressure on Princeton defense throughout the second period, it was the Tigers who found the back of the net twice more to put the match away.
Hoy switched roles to facilitator just 1:04 into the second half, as she found Melissa Downey for a tally to re-up the Tigers lead to 3-1. Hoy then scored her second of the match in the 76th minute to clinch the win for the home team.
Senior goalkeeper Lillian Klein finished the match with four saves, including a penalty-kick stop in the 50th minute to keep the match within reach. King also had a strong match, clearing a pair of shots from Hoy off the goal line.
The Lions return to action on Saturday, Oct. 22 at Dartmouth. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.