NEW YORK - The Columbia men's soccer team will visit Penn
Saturday night in the second Ivy League match of the season for both teams.
Game time at Rhodes Field is set for 7 p.m. Saturday.
Saturday's match is the fourth in a row for Columbia on the
road. The Lions have went 0-2-1 through the first three games of that stretch,
including a tough loss on the road at Brown to begin Ivy League play Sept. 29.
Antonio Matarazzo became the seventh Columbia player to net a goal for the
Lions this season, scoring in the 82nd minute of the contest in Providence,
Of the seven student-athletes to score this season, Kofi
Agyapong leads the way in points, having assisted on a pair of tallies to bring
his point total for four. Nick Scott and Henning Sauerbier each have one goal
and assist this season.
The Columbia offense should have plenty of opportunities
Saturday, as Penn ranks last in the Ivy League in goals allowed and
goals-against average. The Quakers have allowed a league worst 26 goals, for a
2.60 goals-against average.
The Penn offensive has done its best to keep them in games,
posting an Ivy League best 15.7 shots per game, while ranking second in goals
at 2.20 per game.
Both goalkeepers though have played well despite the
activity in front of them. Penn's Max Kurtzman averages 6.14 saves per game to
pace the Ivy League, while Columbia Kyle Jackson ranks sixth at 3. 86.
Penn has won the last two meetings against Columbia. The
Quakers captured a 3-2 win last season at the Columbia Soccer Stadium and won
the last meeting at Rhodes Field 1-0 in 2010. Columbia's last win in the series
came in 2009, a 1-0 victory at home.
Around the Ivy League, Penn began conference play with a 3-2
loss at No. 22 Cornell last weekend. Dartmouth, who fell to Princeton to begin
Ivy League play, will play host to a Yale squad that tied Harvard. Brown and
Princeton sit atop the standings after one game with Cornell. The Big Red takes
its unbeaten 9-0-0 record to Cambridge, Mass. for a Saturday tilt against