October 24, 2013

MEN’S SOCCER | With Blacked Out Berman, Search for a Win

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By HALEY VELASCO

After coming away with a tough tie against Yale in which Cornell was outshot for only the second time this season, the Red heads into this weekend’s game against Brown with the hopes of notching one in the win column on Saturday.

“I think we can take a lot of positives from the Yale game. We generated chances and defended well. Those are great things. What we are struggling with is a drive,” said senior captain Ben Williams. “We need to find that right mix between passing it on and taking it ourselves. Defensively and us generating chances is there. It’s that final step of just finishing those things. If we can get that going, it will be great.”

Cornell (6-3-4, 0-2-1 Ivy League) heads into Saturday’s matchup with a big target on its back. It hasn’t won a game since Sept. 27 at Buffalo, and currently has not been victorious in any of the matchups against other members of the Ancient Eight.

“Both of us, Yale and ourselves, generated enough chances that I wouldn’t have expected a tie out of that game,” Williams said. “We are focusing a lot on the positive of our defensive efforts. Now the next logical thing is to finish games off with wins.”

Last season, the Cornell versus Brown game was the only game that the Red lost in regular season Ivy competition. Brown (3-6-3, 0-1-2) is also searching for its first conference win this weekend.. In addition to an Ivy League fight for both teams, Saturday’s game is also Alumni Weekend for Cornell, as well as the Berman Blackout, where the first 400 students get free t-shirts. Those students who wear their shirts at halftime will get complimentary Firehouse subs.

“It’s the Berman Blackout. I am really excited for that. We haven’t had too many home games this year, so we are craving playing on Berman and being in front of our own stands,” Williams said.

After this weekend’s game against the Bears, the Red will head back on the road for early November games against Princeton and Dartmouth, before returning to the Hill for Senior Day and a showdown against Columbia.

Connor Archard / Senior PhotographerSenior captain Ben Williams said the Red needs to find a balance between passing the ball off and taking shots.

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