NEW YORK -- The Columbia women's soccer team will have a few special guests in attendance on Saturday evening as it hosts Yale in a critical Ivy League match. Members of the first-ever varsity women's soccer team at Columbia will be on hand as the Lions look to keep their Ivy League championship hopes alive. A brief introduction of the team will take place prior to kickoff, which is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Columbia and Yale enter with identical 3-2 marks in conference play, four points behind conference-leading Harvard (4-0-1). Penn stans in second place with a 4-1 record (12 points).
LAST TIME OUT
Sophomore Natalie Melo scored the first goal of her career in the 78th minute of play, closing out a dominating second-half performance by the Lions in a 1-0 win over Manhattan at Columbia Soccer Stadium on Monday. After controlling possession for much of the first half but seeing the Lady Jaspers outshoot them 8-1, the Lions came out with aggression in the second stanza and turned the tides with a 12-2 advantage in shots in the period.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Yale has won four of its last five matches, with the lone loss coming last week at the hands of Penn. Most recently, the Bulldogs scored a 4-0 win over Saint Peter's on Monday. Mary Kubiak had a pair of goals in the game for Yale, while Melissa Gavin had two assists. Emma Mullo leads the team with six goals and 16 points, while Gavin ranks second with five goals and 15 points.
LAST SEASON vs. YALE
Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Year Kristen Forster's goal in the 87th minute broke a 1-1 deadlock and gave Yale a 2-1 victory over the Lions at Reese Stadium. Despite winning the battle in shots, 11-7, and having numerous quality scoring opportunities over the course of the match, Columbia dropped the narrow decision to fall out of the running for an Ivy League championship.
ALL-TIME SERIES vs. YALE
The Lions have won five of the last eight meetings between the two schools. The Bulldogs began the series with a 17-match unbeaten streak (15-0-2) and leads 18-5-3 all-time.
AROUND THE IVY LEAGUE
Harvard hosts Dartmouth with a chance to move to 5-0-1 in Ivy League play with a win. The Big Green enter the contest with a 1-4 record in conference play. Brown and Penn tangle in Providence, with the Bears looking to catch the Quakers for second place in the standings. Cornell and Princeton will also square off in a matchup of two teams without a chance at an Ivy League title this season.