Women’s soccer battled to a tie with Lafayette 0-0 after double overtime in its final contest at Fairleigh Dickinson on Tuesday. Despite coming home without a victory, the Lions (6-4-3, 3-0 Ivy) pushed their unbeaten streak to six games and have now shutout their last five opponents.
Columbia’s defense held Lafayette to four shots on goal, well below the Leopards’ (4-5-4, 0-0-1 Patriot) season average of six per game. The Lions’ senior goalkeeper Allison Spencer started between the posts, before being substituted for sophomore Sophie Whitehouse, a move head coach Tracey Bartholomew has made regularly this fall. Together, they held Lafayette scoreless through regulation and two extra time sessions.
The Light Blue offense rallied with seven shots in the second half and overtime, including two close shots by Emma Anderson and Amaris Hemmings off corners in extra time, but the Leopards’ defense held strong in those critical moments. Bartholomew received a red card and was ejected (85:40) after arguing a controversial Madeline Linde no-goal ruling late in the second half.
Prior to this nonconference match, Bartholomew emphasized the team’s desire to shuffle lineups, try different schemes, and play people who normally don’t get much time. The starters from the three previous games were used again last night, but a few younger players also saw some runs, including first-year midfielder Lacey Strahm, who recorded her first shot on goal. The development of the Light Blue’s role players will be key to the team’s success when Ivy play resumes.
This Friday, women’s soccer will host Princeton in its first game back at Rocco B. Commisso Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.