NEW YORK - Ariel Leon scored her first goal of the season at the 8:40 mark of overtime to propel Columbia past Penn in a crucial Ivy League game for both teams.
The game started out with both teams feeling each other out, neither able to generate much offense. Meghan Rose had the first shot on goal eight minutes into the game, but it was turned away by Columbia goalie Gena Miller. The first half was a possession battle as neither goalie was called upon to make saves too often. Miller ended the first half with just the one save off Rose while Alanna Butera was only needed for two saves for Penn.
The Quakers picked up the pace in the second half, generating penalty corners and scoring chances, resulting in four shots on goal. Miller was up to the task, stopping all four Quaker scoring attempts. Butera stood her ground as well, rebuffing the two Lion shots in the half.
With the game tied at the end of regulation, the two teams headed to overtime. This was the third OT game Penn on the season. The Quakers entered today's contest1-1 in sudden-death games, defeating Cornell and losing to Villanova. The Lions entered overtime 0-3 in games that went to an extra frame, losing a pair of 2-1 games to Cornell and Lafayette and falling to Qunnipiac 2-1 in a game that was decided on penalty strokes.
Lauren Hanna generated the first shot of overtime, testing Butera early in the extra period. Butera was there for the save, allowing her team to generate offense of its own. Jamie Calahan and Rose each had a chance to win the game for Penn, but Miller was there both times, extending the game even further.
Following the two Quakers shots, Columbia head coach Katie Beach made a strategic move that would end up paying great dividends when she substitued in Leon. Four minutes later, Leon redirected a shot that found its way behind Butera and gave the Lions the win.
The loss drops Penn's record to 6-7 overall and 2-2 in the Ivy League. The win is Columbia's fourth in a row and brings its record to 7-5 and 2-2 in the Ivy League.
The Quakers are off until Friday when they host Yale in another important Ivy League game at Franklin Field at 7:15 p.m.