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NEW YORK – Seven saves by goalkeeper Katie Dempsey and first-half scores by Meghan Fahey and Jennifer Trieschman gave the Columbia field hockey a 2-0 shutout win over Penn to officially kick off Homecoming weekend. The Lions (7-5, 3-1) picked up their second clean sheet of the year and both have come in Ivy League play.
The Quakers (5-6, 2-2) fired off the first five shots of the game, but Dempsey turned away the two attempts on target to keep the game scoreless. Columbia built up its attack gradually and broke through in the 28th minute.
A Penn turnover in its defensive third of the field wound up on the stick of Danielle Buttinger, who raced down the right side and passed around the charging Quaker goalkeeper to Fahey. The first-year forward was left with a wide-open net and banged home her third goal of the season to give the Lions the lead.
In the 33rd minute, Trieschman found the back of the net for the fourth time in her last two games, scooping up a rebound off Buttinger’s shot on the left side of the cage to double Columbia’s advantage before the half.
The Lions maintained possession and limited Penn’s chances for the next 15 minutes after the break, but the Quakers turned up the pressure in the middle of the half. Penn was awarded five of its seven corners in a 10-minute stretch, but Dempsey turned away five shots and got help from Maeve Doherty’s clear at the goal line off a rebound in the 65th minute.
With the Penn goalie pulled in the final five minutes, Columbia buckled down and did not allow an attempt with the extra attacker to go on for the victory.
Columbia wraps up its three-game home stand Sunday, October 15, when No. 8 Delaware comes to town. Admission is free and the game will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Network.