NEW YORK - The Columbia men's soccer team will make its
second-to-last road trip of the year Saturday, traveling to New Haven, Conn. to
take on Yale. Kick-off is set for 4:30 p.m. at Reese Stadium, following the
conclusion of the women's game between the Bulldogs and Lions.
The Lions will be seeking their first victory since Oct. 9
when they defeated Penn, 1-0, on the road. Since that match, Columbia has
played to a tie in a pair of contests and lost a tough match to Dartmouth. In
its two most recent Ivy League matchups, the Lions tied Princeton, 0-0, in a
defensive struggle, and fell to the Big Green, 2-1.
Defense and goaltending have been the cornerstones of the
season for Columbia, with keeper Kyle Jackson ranking among the best in the
conference. Saturday's game will feature two of the Ivy League's top
net-minders, as Yale keeper Bobby Thalman ranks second in the conference with a
.831 save percentage, while Jackson is third at .811.
Whereas defense has been the highlight of the season for
both Columbia and Yale, each squad will be looking to take better advantage of
its offensive opportunities. In 13 games this season, the Lions have tallied 10
goals, while Yale has only found the back of the net in half of its 14
contests. Eight different Columbia student-athletes have scored this season,
with Nick Scott being the lone multi-goal scorer. Scott and Kofi Agyapong lead
the Lions with five points apiece.
Yale is coming off its first win since a 2-1 downing of
Marist on Sept. 23. After the game against the Red Foxes, Yale went scoreless
over it next five matches before scoring twice to beat Penn, 2-1, last
Saturday. After giving up a goal in the 66th minute, Yale's Scott Armbrust
broke the scoreless streak in the 70th minute to tie the game and then Peter
Jacobson gave the Bulldogs the victory with his game-winner in the 88th minute.
In the last three meetings against Yale, Columbia is 1-1-1.
The Lions won last season's match at home, 1-0, and tied the Bulldogs in New
Haven, Conn. in 2010. Yale's last win in the series came on Halloween in 2009
by a score of 2-1.