NEW YORK - The Columbia women's soccer team will make its
first road trip within the Ivy League Saturday, when it travels to Providence,
R.I. to take on Brown. Kick-off at Stevenson Field is slated for 4 p.m.
Columbia last took the field Sunday, Sept. 29 when it fell
on the road to Army, 3-2, in West Point, N.Y. Elly McGuffog scored early in the
second half against the Black Knights to tie the game at 1-1, but Army came
back with a pair of tallies to go up 3-1. Beverly Leon, who assisted on
McGuffog's goal, got Columbia within one when she headed a cross from Coleen
Rizzo into the back of the net, but Army would hold on for the 3-2 victory.
Each Ancient Eight team enters the weekend with one Ivy League
contest under its belt. Dartmouth, Princeton, Columbia and Penn all won their
conference openers, with Dartmouth sitting atop the rankings with a 6-2 overall
mark. Princeton has gone 5-3-1 through the midway point of the season, while
Columbia and Penn each sit at .500 (4-4).
Brown, equal to Dartmouth, has an overall record of 6-2, but
lost its Ivy League opener to the Big Green. The loss to Dartmouth last Sunday
snapped a four-game win streak for Brown. The Bears had knocked off Vermont and
Northeastern on the road and then took down Sacred Heart and UMass, all by a
score of 1-0.
The Bears have built their 6-2 record thanks to stellar
goalkeeper. Amber Bledsoe and MC Barrett have each played 360 minutes this
season and they are the top two ranked keepers in goals-against average and
save percentage in the Ivy League. Brown's .750 shutout percentage (six
shutouts in eight games) ranks third in the nation, trailing just Florida State
and UCLA (.778, 7-9).
Grace Redmon has held her own protecting Columbia's net this
season, ranking second in the Ivy League with 41 saves.
Leon paces the Lions with eight points this season, scoring
three goals and assisting on two more. Chloe Cross has eight points for the
Bears, recording four goals this season.