Wicks Carries Women's Soccer to Last-Minute Victory Over Dartmouth
HANOVER, N.H. -- Senior Liz Wicks registered a pair of goals late in regulation to help the Columbia women's soccer team erase a 1-0 deficit and keep their Ivy League championship chances alive with a 2-1 win over Dartmouth on Saturday evening.
With the win the Lions (5-9, 3-2 Ivy League) move into a tie for third place with Yale, who they will take on next weekend at Columbia Soccer Stadium, at nine points. Harvard sits atop the conference with a 4-0-1 record (13 points) and Penn stands in second at 4-1-0 (12 points).
Down by a goal with less than eight minutes remaining in regulation, Columbia struck for the equalizer with sophomore Chelsea Ryan starting things off with a long throw into the box.
After kicking around for a bit, Dartmouth appeared to have a chance to clear the ball but Wicks was able to wrestle it free and knock it past the Big Green goalkeeper to tie the score.
Over the next five minutes, Dartmouth got off a pair of shots but both were off target. The missed opportunities set the stage for Wicks' heroics.
Another long throw from Ryan looped into the box with time ticking away. A Dartmouth defender headed the ball up into the air, and it would eventually find Wicks, who pounced on the chance with just 17 seconds remaining to give the Lions their first lead of the match. Columbia was able to run the rest of the time out and improve to above .500 in Ivy League play.
The first half saw Dartmouth score the lone goal late, as Tasha Wilkins found the back of the net with 52 seconds left in the stanza to send the home team into the locker room with a lead.
Senior Lillian Klein registered four saves to pick up her fifth win in goal this season.