A 2-1 win for the Princeton women's soccer team at Columbia Saturday night pushed the Tigers into sole possession of first place in the Ivy League just past the midway point of the conference schedule.
Princeton is now 4-0 in the Ivy League for the first time since 2004, and its seven-match win streak, to put it at 9-3-1 on the season, is its longest since 2007.
Jen Hoy scored her Ivy League-leading 15th goal of the season in the 13th minute, taking a pass up the middle from Jessica Haley and speeding past her Columbia defenders to find the open net.
In the 28th minute, Lauren Lazo provided what turned out to be some needed insurance with her fourth goal of the season, getting control of a loose ball off a free kick and putting it in the net as the ball skidded across the goal mouth.
Columbia (6-7, 2-2) didn't let Princeton rest easy. In the 81st minute, Columbia converted a corner kick as Coleen Rizzo headed in a ball kicked by Maya Marder to cut the Princeton advantage to 2-1. The Tigers fended off back-to-back corner kicks in the 88th minute to hold on.
Up next for the Tigers is Harvard, which beat Brown 4-1 Saturday to stay alive in the Ivy race. That game will bring the Crimson to Roberts Stadium at 7 p.m. next Saturday.
Without help, Princeton will need at least two wins and a tie to secure the Ivy League outright title and postseason bid, as 19 points would be one more than any other team could reach. Dartmouth and Penn are three points back of Princeton with nine points, while Harvard is next at seven points.
• All 14 matches between Princeton and Columbia in Manhattan have been decided by two or fewer goals.
• This is the fifth time since the beginning of the seven-game Ivy League schedule in 1991 that the Tigers have started 4-0. The other times were in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2004, and all resulted in Ivy titles.
• With her 15th goal of the season, Jen Hoy has become only the second Tiger in program history to score 15 goals in a campaign. The only other occurrence was by current assistant coach Esmeralda Negron '05 in 2004, who had 20.