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Columbia Starts Ivy League Competition At Cornell Friday & Hosts LIU Brooklyn on Sunday

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 09/26/2013
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NEW YORK – This weekend, the Columbia women’s soccer team will head back out on the road on to begin Ivy League play on Friday, Sep. 27 at 7 p.m. to take on Cornell. The Lions will look for a third straight win on Friday night, just before starting a five-game homestand on Sunday, Sep. 29 at 7 p.m. with LIU Brooklyn.

LAST TIME OUT: After a scoreless first half, Columbia scored two goals in the second half to defeat Fairleigh Dickinson, 2-0, in its first home match in 12 days on Sunday, Sep. 22. Both Natalie Melo and Elly McGuffog picked up their second goals on the year to lift the Lions to its second straight win. The Lions defense held strong all game to help Columbia to its third shutout victory of the season.

ABOUT THE LIONS: In the midst of a three-game unbeaten streak, Columbia has gained solid momentum entering conference play. Despite only two home games so far this season, the Lions have remained strong with an overall 4-2-1 record.

RYAN EARNS IVY LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:  On Monday, the Ivy League released its fourth weekly honor roll for the season. Senior Chelsea Ryan was named co-Ivy League Player of the Week after helping the Columbia women’s soccer team to back-to-back shutout victories last weekend.

Ryan scored her first career hat trick on Friday, Sep. 20 to lift the Lions to a 3-0 win over Albany. The Avon, Conn., native knocked in two headers and a penalty kick to cap the Lions’ four game road swing with a win. The senior defender continued her strong play at home on Sunday, Sep. 22 and tallied an assist in Columbia’s 2-0 win over Fairleigh Dickinson. Additionally, senior defender Shannon FitzPatrick earned a spot on the weekly honor roll.

THE BIG ZERO: The Lion’s defense has held its opponents scoreless in the first half of play for five consecutive games. Sunday’s win over Fairleigh Dickinson marked 180 minutes of shutout play and Columbia’s third shutout victory of the season.

TAKING THE LEAD: The Lion’s 2013 roster is seasoned with experience including eight seniors this year. The senior class have collectively continued to make their mark on the first half of the season with stand out play to lead the Lions.

Beverly Leon (2 goals, 3 assists) and Chelsea Ryan (3 goals, 1 assist) both lead the team in points with seven. Natalie Melo has tallied two goals this season, including the game-winning score in Columbia’s double overtime victory against Manhattan to open the season.

CORNELL GAME (AWAY): Live Stats | Live Audio | Friday, Sep. 27 – 7:00 p.m.

COLUMBIA  Team Matchup CORNELL
4-2-1 Record 5-2-1
Ivy League Conference Ivy League
1.71 Goals Per Game 1.75
.167 Shot % .115
13 Assists 13

Beverly Leon (7 pts.)
Chelsea Ryan (7 pts.)

Leading Scorer

Elizabeth Crowell (9 pts.)
Caroline Growney (9 pts.)

Grace Redmon (2-1-1) (.818 save %) Goalkeeper Kelsey Tierney (3-1-0) (.905 save%)

ABOUT CORNELL: At 5-2-1, the Big Red has won four of its last five games heading into Friday’s match. With a 4-0 win over NJIT in its last contest, Cornell is 4-1 at home on Charles F. Berman Field this season. The conference leader in points (41) and goals (14), the offense led by Elizabeth Crowell and Caroline Growney with nine points each.

INSIDE THE SERIES: The Lions have owned the series through recent years having won its last seven meetings.  In their last matchup, Columbia grabbed a 1-0 home win to open Ivy League play. These two teams have faced similar competition to start the season with both posting wins over Albany and Sacred Heart.

 

LIU BROOKLYN GAME (HOME): Live Stats | Sunday, Sep. 29 - 7 p.m.
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COLUMBIA  Team Matchup LIU BROOKLYN
4-2-1 Record 2-6-1
Ivy League Conference NEC
1.71 Goals Per Game 1.00
.167 Shot % .143
13 Assists 9
Beverly Leon (7 pts.)
Chelsea Ryan (7 pts.)
Leading Scorer Jenn Peters (6 pts.)
Grace Redmon (2-1-1) (.818 save %) Goalkeeper Jessica Sexton (2-6-1) (.814 save%)

ABOUT LIU:  Brooklyn stands at 2-6-1 overall this season. The Blackbirds have lost three straight heading into Sunday’s contest, including a 3-0 home defeat against Towson in its last outing. Eight different players have scored for Brooklyn through nine games with Jenn Peters leading the offense with six points.

INSIDE THE SERIES: Columbia will look to remain unbeaten against the Blackbirds at home on Sunday. These two teams last meeting resulted in a 1-0 Lions’ home win in 2011. Erin Falk scored her first collegiate goal with the game winning score in the match.

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