NEW YORK, N.Y. - The University of Pennsylvania suffered a heartbreaking loss Saturday to Columbia, outshooting the Lions 16-5 but giving up the match’s only goal with just 1:01 left on the clock.
As the clock wound down in regulation, Columbia’s Aubrey Medal won a ball in midfield and fed Meghan Hurlbut, who found Liz Dantzler crossing from the middle to the left side. Dantzler calmly dribbled past a Penn defender and coolly struck one past Quaker keeper Jessica Keeley into the lower corner to give the Lions its third straight victory.
Not only was the win the third straight for Columbia (7-4-1, 2-1-0 Ivy)-- it was the Lions' third straight one-goal win, their sixth straight at home and their second consecutive Ivy victory. Penn, meanwhile, fell to 6-3-2 (1-1-1 Ivy).
“It was a crusher for us,” admitted Penn head coach Darren Ambrose. “The players are crushed. I am crushed. This was a very disappointing result. We were great between the 18-yard boxes, but struggled to finish. They took advantage of their opportunity late and that was the match.”
Penn got four shots apiece from Natalie Capuano and Jenna Linden -- two of them on goal in both cases-- while Nicky White had two shots on goal. In all, the Quakers forced Columbia goalkeeper Allison Vespa to make eight saves on a sloppy, rainy and windy day in New York.
Keeley finished with four saves for the Quakers.
Penn will host Temple Wednesday afternoon. A reminder that that match has been changed to 3 p.m. from the original start time of 7 p.m.
Written by Mike Mahoney, director of athletic communications