NEW YORK - The Columbia men's soccer team will begin Ancient
Eight competition Saturday, when it travels to Providence, R.I. to face Brown
in a 7 p.m. matchup at Stevenson Field.
Currently in the midst of a four-match road stint, Columbia
will look to bounce back from a 3-1 defeat at the hands of No. 15 St. John's
Tuesday. Henning Sauerbier scored his first goal of the season in the 73rd
minute with Kofi Agyapong tallying his second assist. Agyapong paces the Lions
with four points on the year.
Prior to the match at St. John's, the Lions battled
LIU-Brooklyn to a 1-1 tie. Andrew Celsus notched his first goal of the season
in that contest, evening the score in the 73rd minute.
Brown enters Saturday's match winners in seven of eight
contests. The lone blemish on the Bears' season has come via a 1-0 loss to
Fordham Sept. 9. Since that match, Brown has knocked off Boston University
(1-0), Lehigh (1-0), Washington (4-3) and Portland (3-0).
Thomas McNamara and Voltaire Escalona lead the way for Brown
with six points apiece. McNamara, Bobby Belair and Eric Robertson have all
scored twice this season, while Escalona has racked up four assists. Sam
Kernan-Schloss has played all but four minutes in goal for the Bears, posting a
0.50 goals-against average and five shutouts.
Columbia defeated Brown last season in a thrilling
double-overtime match. It was the first win over the Bears for Columbia since