M. Soccer Heads to Syracuse for Season Opener

In what men’s soccer head coach Jaro Zawislan deemed “an irony of fate,” the Red will open its 2009 season tomorrow night against his former team and local Cornell rival –– Syracuse.
“It wasn’t planned,” Zawislan said with a laugh. “It was prearranged many years ago that this game was going to be [the] opening game for Cornell men’s soccer, and for Syracuse, the home opener.”
Zawislan spent the past seven seasons as an assistant coach for the Orange before taking over as Bryan Scales’ replacement in April. Since then, he has been working to change the culture of the team and learn as much about the players as possible, while simultaneously organizing intense training sessions in order to maintain a competitive environment.

Men’s Soccer Starts Off 2009 With ‘Clean Slate’

After a frustrating and disappointing 2008 season in which the men’s soccer team posted a 1-15 (0-7 Ivy) record, there will be a lot of differences in the 2009 edition of the squad. Most noticeably, the Red will have a new head coach. After seven seasons as an assistant coach for Syracuse, Jaro Zawislan will be taking over at the helm.
“Having Coach Zawislan is a huge boost for our program,” said junior forward Jeff Zimering. “He’s a highly accomplished former player who’s played professionally in Europe. He brings a wealth of experience to us that should reap benefits for the program. We’re extremely excited to play under his leadership.”

Sports Briefs: Track and Men's Soccer

Track Teams Find Success at Bucknell, Tenn. Weekend Invitationals
The men’s and women’s track and field teams faced tough competition and even tougher weather conditions, to post successful weekends at two different invitational venues.
After rain delays at the Sea Ray Relays at the University of Tennessee, senior Garrett Huyler continued his spring season of great performances in the high jump, placing second with a clearance of 7-0 1/2. Senior Andy Miller qualified for NCAA Regionals in the 1500, finishing third with a time of 3:46.93.
Highlights from the women at Tennessee included senior Jeomi Maduka winning the triple jump and finishing second in the long jump. Junior Jessica Weyman finished fourth in the 400 hurdles and qualified for the ECACs with a time of 60.94.

Loss to Lions Caps Season for M. Soccer

The 2008 season for the men’s soccer team ended with fanfare on Saturday. Unfortunately for Cornell, the celebration was honoring its opponent Columbia, as the host Lions shut out the Red, 2-0, on the Lions’ Senior Day.
Cornell (1-15, 0-7 Ivy) finished the season with the dubious distinction of a winless record in conference play. Columbia (4-12-1, 2-5) limited the Red’s offense to just two shots before halftime, and seven total.
“We had a pretty rough season, so we wanted to win our last game,” said sophomore Cornell midfielder Scott Caldwell. “But it didn’t happen.”

M. Soccer Focuses on Getting One Ivy Win

The 2008 campaign will come to an end this weekend for the men’s soccer team, as the Red travel to New York City to square off against the Columbia Lions tomorrow.
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Both of these teams have struggled throughout much of the year and are currently last and second-to-last respectively in the Ivy League standings.
The Red (1-14, 0-6 Ivy) and the Lions (3-12-1, 1-5) are both coming off of resounding defeats last weekend — Columbia was routed by Harvard, 6-1, and Cornell fell to Dartmouth, 5-2.
The Red players are trying not to dwell on the past, however.

Senior Class Steadies Team Through Highs and Lows

The men’s soccer team has just one game remaining in its season, and that means that the seniors on the squad have just one game left in their respective NCAA careers.
This year’s team is quite unique in that there are 11 seniors, one of whom, Miyad Movassaghi, will be returning for a fifth year of eligibility. Junior Matt Bouraee explained that due to the big group of seniors, the character of this year’s team is defined by their leadership and personalities.

Bouraee Scores Twice In Loss to Dartmouth

Maybe it was the emotion of Senior Night — a Berman Field send-off for the 10 seniors of the men’s soccer team — or maybe it was the adrenaline the athletes got from facing a top team like Dartmouth. Whatever the reason, the Red upped the intensity in its last home game of the season, intensity not reflected in the loss’s final score of 5-2.
“Dartmouth is a very good team and they deserved to win,” said head coach Bryan Scales, “but I also give our guys credit for showing up tonight and competing like crazy. They got it back to 3-2, [we were] starting to get some bodies forward to try to equalize and ended up giving up the fourth goal.”
“I can’t be disappointed with the effort,” Scales added. “The guys put everything they could into that game.”

Men’s Soccer Readies for Final Home Game

The men’s soccer team will make its last 2008 appearance on Berman Field tomorrow, as Cornell (1-13, 0-5 Ivy) continues to search for its first Ivy League win of the year with a matchup against Dartmouth (8-5-1, 3-1-1). Many of the Red players — the 10 seniors graduating this year — will be playing in their last-ever collegiate game on Berman Field.
Tomorrow’s game is designated as Senior Day, honoring seniors Luca Cerretani, Steve Lesser, Marcelo Guindon, Jarid Siegel, Ed Chang, Dan McKallagat, David Browning, Dana Flanders, Joe Yonga and Kevin Vieira.
In this season that has been mostly filled with disappointment, head coach Bryan Scales hopes that his team can draw some motivation from the inevitably emotional Senior Day.