NEW YORK – The Columbia men’s soccer team returns to the pitch Sunday afternoon when it makes the short trip over the East River to take on Fordham at 4:30 p.m. The Rams will host the game at Jack Coffey Field in the Bronx.
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LAST TIME OUT
Columbia (4-2) extended its win streak to four matches Wednesday, dominating LIU Brooklyn, 3-0. Senior forward Will Stamatis got the Lions on the board with his second goal of the season in the 52nd minute, with newcomers Ron Zori and Nicholas Pappacena netted their first goals as Columbia student-athletes later in the half.
The Lions outshot the blackbirds, 30-6, with Kyle Jackson only needing to make two saves en route to the shutout.
The Lions’ offense has seen a drastic improvement from the 2012 season. After scoring just 12 goals a year ago, Columbia has already placed 11 shots in the back of the net on 86 shots in just six contests. As a team, Columbia is averaging 14.3 shots per game and holding opponents to 11.5.
The second half has also been when Columbia has shined, scoring nine times in the second half of games. Senior midfielder David Najem, Ivy League Co-Player of the Week, is tied for the Ancient Eight lead with four goals and is tops with 10 points. First-year Andrew Tinari, who has assisted on three of Najem’s tallies, is tied for the conference lead in that category.
In net, Jackson’s 29 saves paces the Ivy League, while his .829 save percentage is ranked third.
WE’RE GOING STREAKING
The Lions current four-game win streak is the longest such streak since the 2003 campaign when Columbia topped Navy, Army, Adelphia and San Francisco.
||Goals Per Game
|David Najem (10 pts.)
||Six Players (2 pts.)
Kyle Jackson (4-2) (.829 save %)
||Alex NAples (2-4) (.733 save %)
Opposite Columbia, the Rams (2-5) are riding a four-game losing streak heading into Sunday’s match. After defeating Virginia Tech and Yale in early September, Fordham has lost to Northeastern, Army, Stony Brook and Temple. Three of those defeats have been shutouts, with the Rams’ only two goals in that span coming in a 3-2 loss to Stony Brook.
Six Rams have scored this season and share the team lead with two points. Alex Naples has been the lone goalkeeper this season for Fordham, making 22 saves and posting a 1.53 GAA.
Columbia leads the all-time series 24-10-6, but is 0-3-1 in the last four meetings against the Rams. Columbia’s last win against Fordham came at home on Sep. 21, 2002, a 4-0 shutout.