NEW YORK - In its first Ivy League home game of the season, the Columbia women's soccer team faced a tough battle on Saturday, Oct. 5 against Brown. With both teams rallying for an edge all game, the two conference foes finished the double overtime game with a scoreless draw.
In the first half, Brown posed a constant threat to the Lions defense playing to the corner kick to use its height advantage in the box. The Bears posted five corners kicks in the half, but the Columbia defensive core remained strong and denied all five first half attempts to hold the Bears without a goal.
“It was a typical Ivy League game, very competitive and very combative, ” said Columbia Head Coach Kevin McCarthy
The Lions back line made the change after the break to take away the Brown corner kick attack by limiting them to three attempts in the second half and one in both overtime periods. In her first Ivy League start, first-year goalkeeper Allison Spencer stepped up to her biggest challenge this season in goal. The Salt Lake City native tallied four saves in the double overtime shutout.
Natalie Melo pushed the Columbia offense with five shots for the game. After a series of momentum plays for the Lions, Columbia found its best scoring position of the game in the first overtime with Phoenetia Browne getting space on the left side of the box. After a strong kick, the shot bounced of the post and both teams went on to hold for the 0-0 draw after the second overtime.
“In the first overtime I felt we had the best chance. We had a number of good possesions and one possession Phoenetia [Browne] did everything right but the shot hit the bar and just missed, “ said McCarthy.
The Lions move to 5-3-2 overall following its second tie of the season. Up next, Columbia will return to Columbia Soccer Stadium on Monday, October 7 to hosts New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)at 7 p.m.
Monday night’s contest against NJIT is apart of Athlete Ally Week, a weeklong collaboration between the Office of Multicultural Affairs - LGBTQA Programming and Columbia Athletics to raise awareness about the impact of homophobia in sports and the importance of creating inclusive campus communities and allyship.
“Our team is really happy that we are one of the athletic events during Athlete Ally Week. The values of having an inclusive group of people work together, play together and sacrifice for each other are inherent in our program and for us it makes a loy of sense that we are involved in it, “ said McCarthy.