NEW YORK – The Columbia women’s soccer team took the lead in
the 55th minute on a penalty kick by Coleen Rizzo, but a good penalty kick in the
90th minute and a goal off a corner kick in the second overtime gave Lehigh a
2-1 come-from-behind victory.
With each team having played Saturday night, it took the
initial minutes of the game for the pace of the game to pick up speed.
Columbia’s Lexi Nichols recorded the first shot in the 10th minute, an attempt
that was stopped by Lehigh keeper Ali Griffin.
Nichols’ attempt would be the only shot Columbia generated
in the opening half. Lehigh would tally seven shots, including four on goal.
Grace Redmon, fresh off Ivy League Player of the Week honors, stopped all four
shots on net.
Columbia came out in the second half with an early scoring
opportunity off a corner kick in the 49th minute. Erin Falk served up her
second corner kick of the half into the center of the box where Beverly Leon
was able to go up and head it towards the near post, but Griffin made a good
stop to preserve the tie.
Griffin and the Mountain Hawks would give up the lead less
than six minutes later though. A takedown in the box by a Lehigh defender gave
Coleen Rizzo a PK attempt, which she in turn buried to put Columbia up 1-0. The
goal was Rizzo’s fourth of the year.
Following the Lions’ goal, both offenses would struggle to
put any pressure on the opposing defense, with Lehigh taking the only two shots
until the final minute.
With 56 seconds left to play, Lehigh was awarded a PK after
Columbia was whistled for a close foul in the box. Darby Wiegand went left and
scored the game-tying goal, forcing overtime.
In the first overtime, Columbia put the pressure on the
Lehigh defense, ripping four shots, but the Mountain Hawks blocked two, one
went wide and the final attempt was saved by Griffin to send the game to a
second extra period.
Just 86 seconds into the second overtime, Lehigh’s Paige
Dyrek gave the Mountain Lions their second win of the season, scoring on a
corner kick from Paige Elliot. Dyrek knocked the ball into the lower right
corner of the goal on the cross for the game-winner.
Lehigh ended up outshooting Columbia 14-8, with half of its
attempts on goal.
The Lions return to Ivy League play Friday when they visit
Penn for a 7 p.m. matchup .