Light Blue women’s soccer (2-1) began its four-game road trip on a positive note with a late-night 1-0 win against Sacred Heart (1-5).
With just eight minutes left in the game in Fairfield, Conn., senior midfielder Beverly Leon made the game-clinching goal off a free kick from 25 yards out.
Sacred Heart, coming off a loss to Cornell (1-0), has now been shut out in three of its five losses. Foul troubles contributed to the Pioneers’ overall sloppy play, with nine in the first half—compared to Columbia’s four—and 13 overall.
Columbia’s defense was strong and earned its first shutout performance of the year. For the night, Sacred Heart made 14 attempts on goal, 10 of which followed halftime, putting serious pressure on the backfield. Sacred Heart’s Kristin Verrette had seven shots with three on goal compared to Columbia’s four, almost putting Sacred Heart in position to win.
But the Light Blue’s goalie play improved from the opening weekend to nail down the victory. After 11 saves across two games, sophomore Gabby Dubick contributed two saves to start while freshman Allison Spencer secured a stellar six saves in the second half.
The performance from the Lions’ youngest goalkeeper kept Sacred Heart off the board and took a considerable amount of pressure off the offense, which struggled to generate shots all game. Though the Lions achieved only eight during the game, in the end, it only took one.
With two early wins on the road, the Lions have gotten off to an impressive start. Now, the Lions prepare for a trip down to Jacksonville, Fla., to compete in two games this weekend at the UNF Tournament. The action starts off with a tilt against Florida Atlantic this Friday.