NEW YORK - The Columbia women's soccer team (0-2) is set to
play its first two home contests of the 2012 season this weekend, hosting
Sacred Heart (2-3) Friday and St. John's (2-3) Sunday. Both matches will begin
at 7 p.m. at the Columbia Soccer Stadium.
The Lions opened the season over Labor Day weekend with
matches against George Washington and Georgetown in Washington, D.C. In the
season opener, Columbia played well throughout the match, but George Washington
used a goal in the 63rd minute to capture the victory.
Two days later, Georgetown tallied three goals, while
keeping the Lions off the scoreboard to move to 6-0 on the year, which earned
them the 23rd ranking in the Sept. 4 NSCAA Coaches poll.
Sophomore Grace Redmon has started both games in net for
Columbia, accumulating seven saves this season. Classmate Alexa Yow paces the Lions on the offensive end
with three shots, while freshman Elly McGuffog has recorded two. Liz Crowe, who
has one shot on goal through the first two games, is the lone position player
on the Columbia roster that has played all 180 minutes.
Sacred Heart, a member of the Northeast Conference, enters
Friday's game with a 2-3 overall record. The Pioneers are coming off a 3-0
defeat at Yale Tuesday, Sept. 4. The loss snapped a two-match win streak for
Sacred Heart, having previously defeated Lafayette and Manhattan at home, each
by a score of 2-1.
Jennifer Mulvey leads the Pioneers with three goals on seven
shots, while fellow senior Ashley Moore has two tallies on 14 shots. In goal,
Sydney Judkins and Talia Schwartz have each played 225 minutes with Schwartz
edging Judkins in saves, 13-12.
St. John's currently holds a 2-3 record, but faces Fordham
Friday evening before Sunday's meeting with Columbia. After opening the season with
a 2-0 downing of George Mason, the Red Storm have lost three of four matches. St.
John's topped Air Force, 2-1, in double overtime Aug. 24, but have been shutout
by Penn State, Stony Brook and Brown.
Emily Cubbage and Morgan Ritter pace the Red Storm with
three points apiece. Three student-athletes have seen time in goal for St. John's,
with Ellen Conway playing the most minutes, registering 16 saves and seven
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