NEW YORK - The Columbia women's soccer team will play its
second-to-last home match this Saturday, as the Lions welcome the Princeton
Tigers to New York City. Game time at the Columbia Soccer Stadium is set for 7
Columbia returns to its home turf after splitting a pair of
matches on the road last week. The Lions challenged Penn Oct. 5, but fell to
the Quakers 1-0. With the win Penn stayed in step with Princeton at 3-0 in Ivy
The Lions rebounded Sunday, Oct. 7 with a 2-0 trouncing of
NJIT. Coleen Rizzo and Beverly Leon each notched their fifth goal of the season
in the victory. Columbia has relied heavily on its two leading point scorers
this year, with 10 of its 14 goals coming from the duo. Leon and Rizzo, with 13
and 12 points, respectively, both rank in the top-five in the Ivy League in
The Columbia defense faces a tough challenge Saturday, as the
Princeton lineup features the Ivy League's top scorer in Jen Hoy. The senior
has racked up 29 points this season on 14 goals and one assist. In the Tigers
most recent match against Lehigh Wednesday, Hoy registered her third hat trick
of the season in a 6-1 throttling of the Mountain Hawks.
Overall, Princeton holds an 8-3-1 mark and are in the midst
of a six-game winning streak that has including Ivy League wins over Yale,
Dartmouth and Brown.
In the all-time series between Columbia and Princeton, the
Tigers have held the upper hand, winning 18 of 26 matches. Over the past two
seasons though, the home teams have came out successful with the Lions winning
the 2010 meeting at the Baker Athletic Complex, 2-0, and Princeton taking a 4-1
decision last year at Roberts Stadium.
Columbia is entering the home stretch of the 2012 season
with only four games remaining. Following the Princeton game Saturday, the
Lions host Dartmouth on homecoming (Oct. 20) in the last home game of the
season. Columbia wraps up the regular season with trips to Yale (Oct. 27) and
Harvard (Nov. 3).