NEW YORK – It’s Spirit Day on Saturday, Oct. 5, and at 7 p.m. the Columbia women’s soccer team will take on Brown in its Ivy League home opener at the Columbia Soccer Stadium. The Lions (5-3-1, 0-1 Ivy) have won two straight home games and will look for its first conference win of the season, as they host the Bears (6-2, 1-0).
INSIDE SERIES: A victory on Saturday would add to another streak for the Lions having won the last two meetings. In their last matchup, Columbia came away with a 2-0 win at Stevenson Field in Providence, R.I. Coleen Rizzo and Beverly Leon each scored first half goals to ultimately defeat the Bears.
ABOUT BROWN: The Bears will enter the game having won its last four contests. Brown has posted shutout victories in its last three matches, including 1-0 wins over Dartmouth and Bryant. Chloe Cross and Kiersten Berg have led the Bears attack this season, combining for 12 points, including five goals and two assist.
|0-1 Ivy League||Conference||1-0 Ivy League|
|1.67||Goals Per Game||1.12|
Beverly Leon (11 pts.)
Chloe Cross (8 pts.)
|Grace Redmon (2-2-1) (.805 save %)||Goalkeeper||MC Barret (5-0) (.909 save%)|
LAST TIME OUT: Senior Beverly Leon scored a season-high two goals on Sunday, Sept. 29 to lift Columbia to a 3-0 victory over LIU Brooklyn. With the shutout, the Lions captured its second straight home win and its third shutout in four games. Senior Natalie Melo also tallied a game-high two assists on the night.
HONOR ROLL: For the second straight week, two Lions earned spots on the Ivy League Weekly performance honor roll as announced by the conference on Monday. Leon and Melo join the Ivy League’s best for the second time this season behind their stellar play in a win over LIU Brooklyn.
FIRE POWER: The Lions offense has continued to show moments of poise and focused play-making this season. As a result, Columbia stands among the top in the Ivy League in all offensive categories. With 47 points and 15 goals, the Lions rank second behind Cornell in the conference. The unselfish play of the Lions has led to 17 assist on the season, the most in the Ivy League through nine games.
UP NEXT: On Monday, Oct. 7, Columbia will play its third of a five game homestand at 7 p.m. as they host the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).