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.