NEW YORK - The Columbia women's soccer team scored a second half goal to force overtime against St. John's Sunday, but the Red Storm would capture a 2-1 victory on a penalty kick in the first overtime.
The Lions held primary control of the play throughout the opening 15 minutes of action. Natalie Melo had the first quality scoring chance for Columbia with a bicycle kick attempt from about 12 yards out that went just over the net. Melo came back in the 10th minute with another opportunity, this time a header that went just wide.
Game play seemed to shift with about 25 minutes remaining in the half, as St. John's began to control possession more. In the 32nd minute, Morgan Ritter placed a nice shot from the right side that forced Columbia keeper Grace Redmon to extend above the traffic in front of the net to grab the ball to keep it from going into the back of the net.
The Red Storm would break the scoreless tie in the 24th minute off a free-kick attempt. Amy Marron rifled a shot from 35 yards out that spun off the right post and into the net to put St. John's up 1-0.
The first half statistics were almost even, with Columbia taking just one more shot than St. John's, 6-5.
Both teams had chances early in the second half, with St. John's firing two shots in the first six minutes, followed by a blast from Isabel King that was saved by Red Storm goalkeeper Ellen Conway. The Lions had another scoring opportunity stifled in the 58th minute when a Maya Marder shot attempt was blocked away by the St. John's defense.
Columbia continued keep the pressure on and would even the game at 1-1 in the 69th minute. After subbing into the game less than a minute earlier, Tori Goode evened the game with a header from eight yards out. Beverly Leon garnered credit for the assist on the play, directing the ball to Goode off a throw-in.
Columbia had an opportunity in the 8 0th minute to take the lead as the Lions worked the ball up the middle of the field, setting up Alexa Yow for a shot from the left side, but Conway was able to stop that shot.
The match would remain tied at the end of 90 minutes, forcing overtime. In the extra period, the teams would trade scoring chances for 9:40 until the Lions were called for a handball in the penalty area, awarding a penalty kick to St. John's. Sandra Osborn buried the attempt in the bottom-right corner to give St. John's the victory just 20 seconds before the first overtime ended.
Columbia held the edge in shots, 15-13, as well as saves. Redmon came up with six stops for the Lions, including two in overtime prior to the penalty kick, while Conway stopped four Columbia shots.
The Lions will continue their homestand with two more games next weekend at the Columbia Soccer Stadium. Columbia will host Fordham Friday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. and then Marist Sunday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m.