NEW YORK – Chelsea Ryan, Beverly Leon and Phoenetia Browne each scored Saturday afternoon to lead Columbia to a 3-1 defeat of Yale at the Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium. The victory was the first Ivy League win of the year for the Lions.
Columbia controlled much of the action in the opening stanza. The Lions tallied eight shots in the opening 45 minutes, including four at the net. That aggressive play led to the game’s first tally in the 42nd minute. A charging Alexa Yow was taken down inside the penalty by Yale’s Katie Fletcher, who received a yellow card caution on the play, and Columbia was awarded a penalty kick. Ryan buried the shot in the left side of the net and the Lions carried a 1-0 lead into the intermission.
The Lions wasted little time adding to their lead in the second half, scoring just 70 seconds in. Leon netted her eighth tally of the season inside the near post on the left side with Elly McGuffog and goalkeeper Allison Spencer both earned assists on the goal.
The momentum continued to remain in Columbia’s favor, with the Lions making it a 3-0 contest in the 62nd minute. Torie Goode and Natalie Melo set Browne up for a shot from the left side of the goal that she blasted inside the far post.
Yale would erase the shutout in the 84th minute when Melissa Gavin scored on a penalty kick, but the Lions would hold the Bulldogs scoreless the rest of the way to grab the 3-1 win.
Grace Redmon and Allison Spencer combined to make six saves in goal for the Lions. Columbia edged Yale in shots, 16-12, and corner kicks, 9-4.
The Lions will close out the regular season at home next Saturday, Nov. 9, when they host Harvard at 4 p.m.