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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Mike McLaughlin

Princeton On Tap For Women's Soccer This Weekend

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 10/17/2013
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NEW YORK – The Columbia women’s soccer team will jump back into Ivy League play on Saturday, Oct. 19 for a 1 p.m. match at Princeton.  The Lions will look for its first conference win of the season at Robertson Stadium against the Tigers.

Saturday’s contest will be broadcasted live on the Ivy League Digital Network. Click the links provided below to follow the action.

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COLUMBIA  Team Matchup PRINCETON
7-4-2 Record 5-4-3
0-2-1 Ivy League Conference 0-3 IvyLeague
1.54 Goals Per Game 1.25
.135 Shot % .085
26 Assists 17

Beverly Leon & Natalie Melo (14 pts.)

Leading Scorer

 Tyler Lussi (15 pts.)

Allison Spencer (20 saves) (.870 %) Goalkeeper Darcy Hargadon (27 saves) (.692 %)

ABOUT THE LIONS: Columbia will face its first test on the road with five games at Princeton.  The Lions grabbed three wins during its home stand to improve to 7-4-2 overall. At 0-2-1 in the conference, the Lions are focused on grabbing its first Ivy League win this season.

Seniors Beverly Leon and Natalie Melo have both stepped up as the leading playmakers for this squad. Both players lead the team with four goals and six assists for 14 points.

ABOUT PRINCETON: On Oct. 16, the Tigers snapped a four-game winless streak with a 2-1 victory over Lehigh. Princeton is 5-4-3 overall and 0-3 in the conference. The offense is led by one of the top three scorers in the Ivy League in Tyler Lussi. With six goals and three assists, the first-year has tallied 15 points through 12 games.

LAST TIME OUT: For the second game this season, Natalie Melo answered with a game-winning goal in the second overtime to hand Columbia a 3-2 win over Lafayette on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Melo had a big day with a game-high two goals and an assist. The Lions held the Leopards scoreless for the remaining 70 minutes of the match to complete the comeback win.

PASS IT ON: One of the growing staples for the Lions this season is their ability to share the ball. Quick and patient passing has served Columbia well this season and as a result, spearheaded the offensive attack. With 26 assists on the year, Columbia currently leads the Ivy League. Seniors Leon Melo have both tallied six assists through 13 games to stand atop the Ivy League.

UP NEXT: The Lions will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 4:30 p.m. to take on Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H.

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