After a loss against Yale this past weekend, the Red will head on the road for the last time this season to play against Ivy foe Brown. The team heads into the competition ready to try and take home a Ivy win. The matchup against the Bears should be interesting, as Brown is riding a five-game losing streak.
“I think that [Brown has] been frustrated. They haven’t taken any in the Ivy League. They had one of their really good defenders injured, but she is back now. They have had a couple of really tough games over the last couple weeks,” said head coach Patrick Farmer. “I think meeting them at their field, which is a little different — their field is a brand new turf field — I think that will make it a little bit of their advantage.”
Interestingly enough, Sunday’s matchup is one between the two Barrett sisters. Cornell freshman defender/midfielder Joanna Barrett is sisters with Brown’s junior goalkeeper M.C. Barrett.
“I think that it is always interesting when there is someone from town and was in the recruiting process here. ... She has her sister on this team which makes it a little more personal. ... Once the game starts, you don’t think about who the particular player is,” Farmer said.
Historically, the Bears have had the advantage in the all-time series, but the Red has had a win and a tie in its last two matchups at Brown. The game between the two teams ended up in a tie on Oct. 24, 2010 in Providence, where neither could capitalize and score for the win. However, the Red won against the Bears, 2-0, in a previous visit to Ocean State on Oct. 21, 2008. Also Cornell’s first victory against Brown came in 1987 when it won a share of the Ivy League title.
For the season thus far, senior forward Maneesha Chitanvis is tied with senior forward Xandra Hompe, both with four goals and two assists for 10 points to lead the team in points. Senior defender Jayann Gabrio has two goals on free kicks for four points. Junior goalkeeper Tori Christ has played in all 13 games to date.
“I think that the Ivy League ties the season together. I think that it is easy to keep your focus now since there is only one game a week. We want to improve our position over the last couple of years, but it’s sort of up to us. We have had the ability to do that these past few weeks, I think it should be pretty easy to keep people focused,” Farmer said.