YORK - After making its first road trip of the season to Sacred Heart Sunday,
the Columbia men's soccer team (0-2) will return home to host local foe
Manhattan (0-3) Wednesday. Game time at the Columbia Soccer Stadium is set for
Lions dropped the first two games of the 2012 season over the weekend, falling
to Fairfield at home and Sacred Heart on the road, each by a score of 1-0. Despite
the results of its first two contest, Columbia's defense has held its own
against its early opponents this season. Through 180 minutes of action, the
Lions have allowed the Stags and Pioneers only 12 shots. Columbia's defense has
also done a good job clearing the ball deep from its own zone, relinquishing
just four corner kicks.
the Columbia offense has had its chances early on this season, racking up 17
corner kicks and 15 shots. Freshman Frederick Elliot leads the Lions with three
shots, while senior Brendan O'Hearn paces Columbia with two shots on goal.
is returning from a west coast trip also searching for their first win of the
season. The Jaspers opened the year with a 5-1 loss at the hands of Villanova
before heading out to Spokane, Wash. to compete at the Gonzaga Nike Classic.
Gonzaga and Oregon State each shutout Manhattan.
Jaspers have allowed 56 shots this season, including 31 on net. George Ellis
and Christopher Landis have each seen time in goal for Manhattan, with Ellis
stopping 13 shot attempts and giving up nine goals. Tommy Amos recorded the
Jaspers lone goal on a penalty kick against Villanova.
has never lost to Manhattan in six meetings (5-0-1) between the schools. The
Lions secured victory in the most recent matchup on Sept. 17, 2006 by a score
of 1-0. In total, Columbia has outscored Manhattan 30-3 over the course of the series.