25 Sep Columbia Falls to Ivy League Rival Cornell
NEW YORK – The Columbia women’s soccer dropped its first Ivy League contest of the season, falling to Cornell 1-0 on the road. The contest went scoreless for 82 minutes before the Big Red broke through to net the game-winner in the 83rd minute.
Off a pass from teammate Kendall Patten, Cornell senior midfielder Evanthia Spyredes snuck a speeding shot into the bottom right corner past the outstretched hand of Columbia goalkeeper Paige Nurkin for the go-ahead goal. Despite an equally matched offensive effort which credited both teams with seven shots, four of which were on goal, the Lions were unable to counter.
“Today, we didn’t come out the way we are capable of as a program. Cornell executed their game plan well and it took us a while to adjust,” said head coach Tracey Bartholomew. “We have so many new players that got to experience their first Ivy game.”
Columbia’s greatest scoring opportunity came in the second half when team goal-leader Nata Ramirez charged past Cornell goalkeeper Miranda Iannonne, but narrowly missed the open net opportunity.
“This League is incredibly challenging and it can be one or 2 opportunities that you have to capitalize on to win the game. We were able to create a few breakaways and opportunities but unfortunately couldn’t finish,” reflects Bartholomew. “We have to get back to it this week and look to respond in training and have a better overall performance against Brown.”
Madi Pilla led Columbia in total shots (2), placing a game-best one shot on goal alongside teammates Sam Cohn and Grace Hurren.
This strong, group defensive effort keeps Cornell off the board⬇️#RoarLionRoar
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— Columbia Women’s Soccer (@CULionsWSOC) September 25, 2021
Nurkin recorded two saves in the effort while junior defender Rylee Hanna knocked a Cornell corner kick off the goal line for a defensive save in the first half.
Columbia will look to bounce back as Ivy League play continues next week. The Lions will host the Brown University Bears at Rocco B. Commisso Stadium on Saturday (Oct., 2) for a 3:00 P.M. kickoff.
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