NEW YORK – On Tuesday, Oct. 15 the Columbia women’s soccer team will complete a five-game homestand at 7 p.m. as they welcome Lafayette to Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium. The Lions will face-off against the Leopards for its final non-conference match of the season.
ABOUT THE LIONS: The Lions have remained strong at home this season on the way to a 6-4-2 overall record. The Columbia defense has posted seven shutouts this season and has allowed only one goal at home in 480 minutes of play.
The offensive attack is sparked by playmakers Beverly Leon and Natalie Melo. Leading the scoring for the Lions is Leon who has four goals and five assists for 13 points. Melo also has a team-high five assists and found the back of the net on two scores for nine points this season.
|0-2-1 Ivy League
||1-4 Patriot League
||Goals Per Game
Beverly Leon (13 pts.)
Jacolyn Giordano & Kaelin King (7 pts.)
|Allison Spencer (20 saves) (.870 %)
||Danielle Sedillo (40 saves) (.727 %)
INSIDE THE SERIES: Tuesday night’s match will mark these teams’ first meeting in over two decades. The Lions hosted the Leopards in its last meeting in 1992. After 3-2 win, Lafayette leads the all-time series at 2-0.
Both teams have played a similar non-conference schedule this with four common opponents this season. NJIT, Sacred Heart, Manhattan and Fairleigh Dickinson have all faced these two teams. The Lions are unbeaten in those matches while Lafayette is 3-1 with a loss to FDU.
ABOUT LAFAYETTE: The Leopards will look to bounce back on Tuesday night having lost its last two games. Lafayette dropped to 5-6-1 after a 2-0 home loss to Boston University last week. The scoring for the Leopards is led by Jacklyn Giordano and first-year Kaelin King, each with three goals and an assist for seven points.
LAST TIME OUT: In a tough Ivy League battle on Saturday, Oct. 12, the Columbia women's soccer team dropped its first home match in five games in a 1-0 defeat to Penn. An own goal scored early in the first half was the only score of the game and the Quakers held on to grab the win. Allison Spencer tallied six saves for the match, including five in the first half.
DEFENSE! DEFENSE! DEFENSE: Since yielding the second goal in a 2-2 tie at North Florida on Sept. 15, Columbia has surrendered just three goals in 680 minutes on the pitch. Through the eight games, four different women have played in goal for the Lions during the stretch and combined for a total of 32 saves.
UP NEXT: On Saturday, Oct. 19, Columbia returns to Ivy League play to face Princeton at 1 p.m. in Roberts Stadium.