HIGHLIGHTS: COLUMBIA VS. PENN
NEW YORK - The Columbia men's soccer team will begin a
three-game homestand Tuesday night, as Providence visits New York City and the
Columbia Soccer Stadium for a 7 p.m. matchup.
Tuesday's game will be the first at home for Columbia since
Sept. 15 when the Lions fell to Delaware, 1-0. The Lions played their previous
four contests as the road team, going 0-2-1 before defeating Penn Saturday,
1-0, in Philadelphia, Pa. The win improved Columbia to .500 (1-1) in Ivy League
play and put the Lions in a tie for fourth in the conference standings with
Jack Gagné scored the game's only goal against
Penn, becoming the eighth player to score for Columbia this season.
Defense has been the storyline of many of the Lions' games
is 2012. Columbia has recorded eight goals this season, while only giving up
11. Eight of Columbia's 10 games this season have either ended in a tie or with
just one goal separating the teams at the final horn.
Goalkeeper Kyle Jackson, the Ivy league Rookie of the Week,
and the back line in front of him have done a good job all season limiting the
number of quality scoring chances that opponents have had on the Columbia goal.
When teams have had shots on goal, Jackson has been there to turn them away,
making 35 saves this season.
Providence will be the second Big East opponent the Lions
have faced this year. Columbia fell at No. 15 St. John's Sept. 25, 3-1. The
Friars enter Tuesday's match with a 2-7-1 overall record. Providence has lost
its last three matches, all against Big East foes. The Friars most recent
defeat came at the hands of Seton Hall Oct. 3 by a score of 2-1.
Keith Jecewiz paces the Friars with three goals and seven
points this season. Wilder Arboleda, one of just three Providence players to
start every game, is second with five points. Keasel Broome has played just
under 707 minutes in goal for the Friars, posting a 1.40 goals-against average
and a 1-5-1 record.
Tuesday's match will be the first ever between Columbia and