The Friday Sports Roundup: Women’s Soccer On Brink of Championship

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Bwog’s Friday Sports Roundup Returns!

Women’s Soccer: The women’s soccer team (11-3-2 overall, 4-1-1 conference) travels to Harvard (11-2-2, 4-1-1 conference) tomorrow, where a win would secure them at least a share of their second league title in three years. Last week, the Lions preserved their title hopes with a 2-1 win over Yale. After a second-half goal by Yale, first-year Ashlin Yahr tied the score just 13 seconds later, and sophomore Chrissy Butler (who had spent much of the season injured) scored the game winner. 

When the Lions kick off at Harvard tomorrow at 11 a.m., there will still be three teams tied atop the Ivy League: Princeton, Columbia and Harvard, all at 4-1-1. There are no tiebreakers for the conference championship (that is, there can even be a tri-champ if all three tie), but there is a tiebreak for the NCAA tournament bid. Unfortunately, Columbia is on the losing end of that tiebreaker – they need to win and see Princeton draw or lose to Dartmouth later on to get the bid. Bwog will bring you the result as soon as it comes in.

Football: After their first conference win in two years, the football team was unable to maintain momentum. Instead, it suffered its worst loss of the season, 27-12 to Yale. Aside from a few big plays, the offense generally struggled, and key turnovers, including a blocked punt and a Millicent Olawale fumble, once again made it difficult for Columbia’s defense to stop offenses. The going gets no easier this weekend, as the Lions (now 1-3 in the conference) travel to Cambridge to play Harvard, in what promises to be a hugely difficult test for the team. Kickoff is at noon on WKCR and 970AM.

Basketball: The basketball team starts its season next Friday at Fordham. Bwog will have a special preview of the season next week.

Men’s Soccer: The men’s soccer team seems unable to halt its losing momentum in the Ivy League, falling last Saturday 4-2 to Yale. Despite having the majority of chances in the first 25 minutes, and even taking the lead on a Pepe Carotenuto goal, the Lions suddenly let in 3 goals in quick succession. Carotenuto scored again before the half, but another Yale goal in the 71st minute put the game away. This weekend, the Lions travel to Harvard.

Volleyball: The volleyball team lost to Princeton and Penn this past weekend, and is still searching for its first Ivy League win. This weekend, they play at Yale and Brown.

Women’s Golf: In their last event of the fall, the women’s golf team won the UAB Beach Blast tournament in Birmingham, Alabama. Junior Stevy Loy finished first overall in the two-day event, with a score of 142 (two under par).

Field Hockey: The field hockey team dropped two tough decisions last weekend, 3-2 to Yale in overtime on Saturday, and 1-0 to Rutgers on Sunday. The team tries to end the year on a winning note at Harvard tomorrow.

Cross-Country: After last week’s second place finish on both the men’s and the women’s sides of the Ivy League championships, the men’s team recieved votes in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s national poll, and four members were named to the Ivy League second team, along with one runner on the women’s side.


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