Penn On Tap For Saturday Women's Soccer

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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Mike McLaughlin
NEW YORK – On a big day filled with an abundance of action at the Baker Athletic Complex on Saturday, Oct. 12, the Columbia women’s soccer team will feature a 3:30 p.m. Ivy League matchup against Penn at the Columbia Soccer Stadium.

Saturday’s contest is a Student Rewards event. The first 50 students will get a free t-shirt!

ABOUT THE LIONS: Saturday’s match will mark the Lions fourth contest in a five-game homestand. Behind an exceptional defensive unit and an efficient offensive attack, Columbia remains unbeaten in its last four games at home.

On the way to a 6-3-2 overall record, Columbia has posted six shutouts and has only allowed two goals at home this season. In the last 390 minutes of play at the Columbia Soccer Stadium, the Lions have held its opponents scoreless.

Seniors Beverly Leon and Natalie Melo have led the offensive attack unselfishly this season both tallying five assists each. Leon is also one of the Ivy League’s best finishers with four goals this year to add to a team-high 13 points.

COLUMBIA  Team Matchup PENN
6-3-2 Record 6-1-3
0-1-1 Ivy League Conference 1-1 Ivy League
1.55 Goals Per Game 1.90
.136 Shot % .119
21 Assists 10

Beverly Leon (13 pts.)

Leading Scorer

Kerry Scalora (11 pts.)

Grace Redmon (2-2-1) (.810 save %) Goalkeeper Kalijah Terilli (4-1-2) (.765 save%)

ABOUT PENN: The Quakers stand at 6-1-3 overall and 1-1 in the Ivy League. While Penn has won its last two outings, including a conference win over Cornell, the Quakers have yet to grab a win on the road since Sept. 15 with 1-1-2 away record this season.

Through 10 games, the Ivy League foe has tallied a league-leading 19 goals and 57 points. Kerry Scalora leads the offense with 11 points on four goals and three assists this season. She is the reigining Ivy League Player of the Week, following her game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Cornell.

LAST TIME OUT: Both Phoenetia Browne and Elly McGuffog capitalized on an excellent passing day for Leon, as Columbia defeated the New Jersey Institute of Technology, 2-0, on Tuesday night. The Lions outshot the Highlanders 20-2 in a dominating performance for the win.

SPENCER’S FIRST TAKE: First-year goalkeeper Allison Spencer was named co-Ivy League Rookie of the Week after not giving up a goal in 110 minutes of play in a 0-0 draw against Brown on Oct. 5 in her first conference start. She was also tabbed College Sports Madness Ivy League Player of the Week for her solid play in goal.

DEFENSE! DEFENSE! DEFENSE: Since yielding the second goal in a 2-2 tie at North Florida on Sept. 15, Columbia has surrendered just two goals in 590 minutes on the pitch, for a goals against average of 0.31. Through the seven games, four different women have played in goal for the Lions during the stretch and combined for a total of 26 saves.

UP NEXT: On Tuesday, Oct. 15, Columbia will close out a five-game homestand at 7 p.m. against Lafayette.

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