Dartmouth Big Green (6-5-1, 0-3-1 Ivy) vs.
Columbia Lions (7-4-3, 4-0-0 Ivy)
Date: – Saturday, October 22, 4 p.m.
Location: New York, New York – Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium (3,500)
Series: Big Green lead 23-4-3
The Dartmouth women’s soccer team heads to the Empire State to take on Columbia on Saturday at 4 p.m.
SCOUTING THE LIONS
Columbia comes into Saturday’s match having won five of its last six games, including all four games against Ancient Eight opponents. Recently, Columbia took down Princeton at home 2-0, after battling to a 0-0 draw with Lafayette on Oct. 11. Emma Anderson leads Columbia with five goals and 13 points in 14 games this season. Natalie Neshat has also found success on the pitch for the Lions with four goals and 10 points. In goal, two keepers have split time in the crease. Allison Spencer and Sophie Whitehouse have each made seven starts this season and have made a combined 55 saves.
LAST TIME AGAINST COLUMBIA
On Oct. 24, 2015, the Big Green fell to Columbia 2-1 in Hanover. The Lions jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a goal by senior Elly McGuffog after a Columbia corner kick. The Lions added to their lead around the 27-minute mark when Emma Anderson scored her fifth goal of the season on a breakaway. After halftime, Dartmouth continued to pressure Columbia’s net. At 78:01, the Green persistence paid off, when Lucielle Kozlov netted her 10th goal of the season, assisted by Friedman. Dartmouth continued to battle for the remaining 12 minutes, but could not find the equalizer.
LAST TIME OUT
The Big Green are coming off a hard fought, 1-1 draw in double overtime with Penn. Despite being outshot on the scoreboard 16-7, Dartmouth remained focused on getting quality scoring chances, as the Big Green held a slight 8-6 advantage in corner kicks. After a scoreless first half, in the 54th minute, Dartmouth got on the scoreboard when the Big Green were awarded a penalty kick. Dartmouth’s senior captain, Holly Patterson, lined up for the penalty kick, firing a low shot that got past Kitty Qu for her second goal of the season. Later in the second half the Quakers responded when Emily Sands took a shot near the top of the box. The initial shot was saved by Cousineau, but Paige Lombard was there for the rebound to tie the match. Neither team could find the go ahead goal, which sent the game into overtime. In the first overtime period Penn had a couple of shots, but neither were on target. A scoreless 10 minutes led to the second overtime period where Dartmouth had a chance to score when Brittany Champagne was awarded a corner kick, but the Big Green could not capitalize.
AYE AYE CAPTAIN
The Green and White are led by Holly Patterson and Hayley Snyder, who are both entering their final seasons in Hanover. Last year, Patterson started all 13 games played and took 13 shots. As a junior, Snyder started 15 games and took four shots.
BETWEEN THE PIPES
Dartmouth’s senior goaltender, Cousineau, has had a solid final season in Hanover. The Altadena, California native is fourth in the Ivy League in save percentage (.867) and second in saves (52).
GETTING OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT
The Big Green freshmen have been solid contributors on the offensive side of the ball in the early going of the 2016 season. Charlotte Esty leads the team with three goals and eight points, while Zoe Enright and Alyssa Neuberger each have one goal apiece.
DEFENSE COMES UP BIG
The Big Green’s defense has come up big so far in 2016. Dartmouth is ranked No. 25 in the nation with a .647 goals-against-average.
Can’t make it to the game? The game will be carried live on the Ivy League Digital Network for subscribers. DartmouthSports.com will also provide a live stats link for those looking to follow along during the contest.
The Big Green return home on Oct. 29 to take on Harvard at 11:00 a.m. on Senior Day.