NEW YORK - Coleen Rizzon scored in the 81st minute for the Columbia women's soccer team, but Princeton, with two first half goals, was able to hold on for a 2-1 victory Saturday at the Columbia Soccer Stadium.
In a game that featured three of the Ivy League's best scorers, it would be the conference leader that struck first. Jen Hoy, who entered Saturday's game with an Ivy League-best 14 goals, added another with a tally in the 13th minute. Jessica Haley fed a pass from 35 yards out to Hoy at the top of the penalty area and after a quick move past one defender, Hoy sent a blast in the lower-left corner of the net to put Princeton up 1-0 early on.
Just under 15 minutes later, the Tigers doubled their lead. After Columbia was whistled for a foul deep in its own defensive zone, Princeton lined up for what amounted to a short corner kick. The ball would go off multiple players before Lauren Lazo would gather the ball and slip it inside the near post for the Tigers' second goal.
Rizzo and Maya Marder each placed shots on goal in the final eight minutes of the half, but Princeton keeper Claire Pincario stopped both.
Princeton held a slight 7-5 margin in shots, while the two teams each took three corner kicks in the first half.
Princeton came out in the second half with three quick shot attempts, but Columbia keeper Grace Redmon stopped the first, while the next two missed the net. Elly MCGuffog had a good chance to cut the deficit to one goal in the 60th minute, but her header off a Marder corner kick went just wide of the near post.
The Columbia offense continued to pressure the Princeton defense, earning multiple corner kicks in the second half. Finally on the fourth corner kick of the half, Columbia broke through.
On this attempt, Marder sent a great ball into the center of the penalty area where Rizzo was able to out jump the crowd and head it into the back of the net. The tally was Rizzo's team-best sixth of the year.
The Lions would have two more similar attempts in the waning minutes of the game, but were unable to find the equalizer.
Columbia is now .500 (2-2) in the Ivy League with Dartmouth traveling to the Columbia Soccer Stadium next Saturday to face the Lions on Homecoming. Game time is set for 4 p.m.