Men’s soccer team falls to Columbia
The Dartmouth men’s soccer team hosted Columbia University on Saturday night under the lights. The Lions (7-4-2, 1-1-2 Ivy) picked up their first Ivy League win with a 2-0 victory against the Big Green (5-4-4, 0-4 Ivy). The two goals tied for the most Dartmouth has allowed at home this season.

The team has yet to win an Ivy game this season. Last season, the team went 5-2 in the league, good enough for second in the Ancient Eight. “At some level, it is just too much 90 percent effort from our guys out there,” head coach Chad Riley said. Both teams ended up pretty close on the stat sheet, as the Big Green took eight shots to Columbia’s seven, the keepers both made three saves and the Lions only had one more corner kick. The Columbia team, however, was able to convert more of their scoring opportunities. “We are trying to get better in both boxes offensively,” captain Colin Skelly ’14 said. “I feel like we have been unsuccessful with that, that is something that can be stepped up.” The teams traded shots in the early going, with the Lions shooting wide and then forcing James Hickok ’17 to make his first save of the night. In the 14th minute, Gabe Stauber ’15 got a shot off, but it went high. Four and a half minutes alter, Stefan Defregger ’15 got the first good chance for Dartmouth with a shot that forced a save. “We were playing well in the first half, but we got a little overeager and started going too quickly,” Stauber said. Columbia had a dangerous opportunity to break through the Dartmouth defense, but Hickok made an amazing diving save halfway through the 20th minute. After the save, the Big Green had a considerably better latter part of the first half as it got three more shots to one for the Lions, but was unable to convert any opportunity. “The problem was that our attacks would end and they would just return and get another possession going,” Riley said. The second half opened up well for Dartmouth as Alex Adelabu ’15 was fed a cross in the 47th minute and then got a shot a minute later, forcing a save. The Big Green kept trying to get the ball in to Adelabu, the team’s top scorer, but the Columbia defense collapsed in on him when he got the ball. In the 65th minute, Columbia scored the first goal of the game when senior David Najem, second in the Ivy League in assists, ran down to the end line but hit a cross across in front of the goal to a hard header shot. “There are a couple of lessons from this game,” Riley said. “Goals change games; that’s the most important lesson. We are just looking to improve on our finishing and creating good crosses.” Dartmouth continued to try to break through the Lions defense after the goal, notably in the 71st minute, when Emory Orr ’16 took a long shot from the outside corner of the box and a Columbia defender looked to have intentionally hit the ball with his arm, but the referee ruled it as incidental contact, much to the anger of the crowd. The next major opportunity for the Big Green came from a Defregger corner kick that Skelly headed toward goal, but the ball rang off of the crossbar in the 77th minute. The Big Green were seemingly building up more offensive momentum, getting more shots outside and also getting more success in the box. Yet at the end of the 83rd minute the Dartmouth defense turned over the ball to Najem, who played in a give and go that resulted in another goal and an assist by Najem on a pretty one-timer goal. The Big Green offense was then under the cloud of a 2-0 deficit with just six minutes to go. The players let the clock wind down as they were unable to really push through the defense, following letting up two tough goals. Dartmouth will play another home game on Tuesday against the University of New Hampshire, and then will try to pick up their first Ivy League win against second-place Harvard University this coming Saturday in Cambridge.
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