This past Saturday, the women’s soccer team suffered a loss at the hands of Yale — adding to what has been a challenging season so far for the team. The Bulldogs (5-7-0, 1-3-0 Ivy League) took home the tight 1-0 victory from the Red (1-11-1, 0-3-1 Ivy), due to a corner kick and a lucky deflection that led to the game winner in the 84th minute of play.
“It was really frustrating … to come out losing. It was a corner kick and was low driven. I am not really sure what happened,” said junior goalkeeper Tori Christ. “I went up for it and I don’t know if someone got a touch on it before or after, but it was obviously just really disappointing to lose that way. I thought we were evenly matched and everything.”
The loss for Cornell was not due to a lack of shooting — the Red made 14 shots, four of them on target, while the Bulldogs only made six scoring attempts — but the team seemed just not able to capitalize on the opportunities to score.
Christ had four saves for the day, matching Yale; however, she had no shot at grabbing and stopping the game winner.
“[The players’] work in training has been very good. The last couple of weeks they have had a couple of our best training sessions of the year,” said head coach Patrick Farmer. “You would have thought that they would have been down after losing their first two Ivy games, but they have been working hard. I think that that part is okay. I think that their expectations and my expectations are getting a little more in line right now.”
Cornell continues the rest of its Ivy season and will head on the road for the last time on Sunday, Oct. 21 to match up with Brown.
“Brown for sure is a big focus for us … obviously, just coming in and taking it game by game, a big focus is beating Brown,” Christ said. “Personally, I just need to keep making the saves that keep us in the game. I think that is the biggest thing to just keep staying focused.”
The Red then continues the rest of the season with Princeton and Dartmouth at home.
“I think for us it is going to be coming in with the mindset to play the full 90 minutes and coming out strong — just taking good chances,” Christ said. “Like when we have shots on goal, we need to be sure we are getting them on goal and following up and being tight in the back. I think it is going to be about discipline.”