Posting good times this weekend will be essential to be in good position at Ivy Championships.

Women’s Swimming and Diving to Split Squads for Zippy, IC Invites

The women’s swimming and diving team will send half its squad to the Ithaca Bomber Invitational hosted by Ithaca College and half to the Zippy Invitational in Akron, OH this weekend. The Red (1-3) is hoping for some great swims and fast times after two weeks of rest. It is the Red’s first invitational meet of the season; the Red’s previous four meets have all been single-day meets against Ivy opponents. It will span three days, from Friday to Sunday, so the Red will have to work on conserving its energy. “Three-day meets are long and taxing,” said senior Ellie Belilos.

The women's soccer team has had the hardest non-conference schedule of all Ivy League teams, according to head coach Patrick Farmer

Women’s Soccer: the Quest for the Winning Season

Last year, the women’s soccer team finished with a 9-4-4 record. It was the first time since 2002 that the team had finished with a winning record. Head coach Patrick Farmer assumed his position in 2012, and since then the women’s team has picked up increasingly more wins with each successive season (one win in 2012, seven wins in 2013 and eight wins in 2014 all led up to the nine-win 2015 campaign. In this way, Farmer has instilled a positive trajectory in the program that keeps his players focused on improving their play with hopes to finish with a winning record. Despite the team’s current mediocre Ivy League record that puts the Red in a tie for fifth with Princeton and Yale, the Red (4-8-2, 1-3-1) still has games against Princeton and Dartmouth over the next two weeks.

A pair of losses over the weekend drop Cornell's record to 2-3

Rutgers, SDSU Overpower Cornell Women’s Soccer

The Cornell women’s soccer team (2-3) dropped two games this weekend, failing to stop the potent offenses of No. 23 Rutgers on Friday and San Diego State on Sunday. The Scarlet Knights’ offensive attack overpowered the Red throughout the game, firing 18 shots compared to the Red’s four. Rutgers went on to win, 2-0. Similarly, in the game against SDSU, the Aztecs out-shot the Red, 19-10, and issued Cornell its third loss of the season.

Unlike in its first two games of the season, the Red's play improved in the second half. when junior forward Tess Pullano scored her first goal of the season.

First Loss Halts Women’s Soccer’s Unbeaten Streak Out of League at 13

The Red (2-1-0) lost its first game of the season this past Sunday, falling to Syracuse (4-1-1), 2-1, in overtime. It was the team’s first home game of the season. Stephanie Skilton of the Orange scored first in the game, sending a high shot from the edge of the box over senior goalkeeper Kelsey Tierney’s head with 3:49 remaining in the first half. The Orange out-shot the Red 5-2 in the first, but the Red improved play in the second. “We just asked them to play a little more direct … and encourage the forwards to go run at people,” head coach Patrick Farmer said to Cornell Athletics after the game, when asked about what he told his players to change in the second half.