||Goals Per Game
Arthur Bosua (2 goals, 3 assists)
4 others (1 goal)
Andres Muriel Albino (2 goals, 3 assists)
Ryan Taylor/Louis Beddouri (2 goals, 2 assists)
12 saves // .800 save% // 2 SO
11 saves // .579 save% // 0 SO
CCSU will provide live stats during the 7 p.m. contest.
About the Blue Devils
Unbeaten in their last two outings, the Blue Devils are coming off a 1-1 tie with UMass after beating Howard, 3-1. Central Connecticut also has wins this season over Niagara and FGCU.
Five multi-goal scorers highlight the offensive end of the field, including Andres Muriel Albino with two goals and three assists, while Ryan Taylor and Louis Beddouri have a pair of goals and two assists each.
Central Connecticut has been improved in net with Nick Velleca getting the start in the last three matches, going 1-1-1 with a goals against average of 0.91, which improved on Carson D'Ambrosio's 2.00 GAA.
Columbia holds a 2-0-0 edge in the series history, which includes matches in 2007 and 2016.
During a home game for the Lions that was played at Manhattanville College last year, Nike Azuma served up a perfect corner kick to Vana Markarian who headed it home for the games lone goal. The 1-0 victory for the Lions led to Markarian picking up Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors.
Last Time Out
Columbia was scheduled to play a Tuesday match at Hofstra, but rainy and windy conditions forced a cancellation of the match, with a make-up date yet to be announced.
Alex Bangerl’s first half header goal was the difference in Columbia’s 1-0 win at Binghamton last Saturday. Azuma sent a corner kick into the box in the 11th minute that Bangerl initially touched towards goal, but was saved. Arthur Bosua kept the rebound alive, finding Bangerl who knocked it in the net for what ended up being the game-winning goal. The score for the senior was his first of the season and fourth of his career, while Bosua’s assist gave him three on the year.
Much like a season ago when Columbia won the Ivy League title, the Lions are off to a fast start, going unbeaten through five matches. The five-match unbeaten streak gives Columbia its best start since 1994, when the Lions went 4-0-1 through five matches. On five separate occasions, Columbia has opened the year going 10 or more matches without a loss, including the 1983 NCAA runner-up season when the Lions went 18-1, falling only in the National Championship match.
Five players have found the net through five Columbia matches, led by Bosua’s two scores. Francisco Agrest, Vana Markarian, John Denis, and Bangerl all have one score each. A total of six players have at least one assist for the Lions, with Bosua leading that category with three.
Dylan Castanheira put forth his second shutout win of the season last match, as the junior is 3-0-2 on the season. Castanheira has 12 saves and three goals against through five matches.