Tonight, the men’s soccer team will kick off its season at home against Boston University, and then travel to Long Island on Sunday to face Adelphi.
Head coach Bryan Scales finalized his starting roster this week after a month of competition.
Junior Ted Papdopoulos, senior Adam Skumawitz, and freshman Colin Nevison will start at forward; senior Nick Haige, sophomore Alex Polyezos, and senior Rick Stimpson are slated at midfield; and juniors Ben Scher and David Barritt-Flatt, and seniors Adam Brown and David Briefel will be in the back. Sophomore Doug Allen will make his first start for the Red in goal.
Ozwaldo Rodriguez is currently waiting to hear from the NCAA about his eligibility. If he is cleared by tomorrow evening, the junior standout will start at midfield.
“This group is, right now, our best chance to win,” Scales commented. “They’re ready to play.”
Both B.U. and Adelphi have already played two matches apiece. The 2000 Terriers sport an experienced, heavily international team, which picked up a win against Syracuse, but dropped a tough, double-overtime match against cross-town rival Boston College.
Cornell defenders will have to watch out for freshman midfielder Andy Dorman, who has two assists in two games, and senior midfielder Kirk Miller, who had 14 goals in 19 games last year.
Adelphi’s roster reads like United Nations role call, with more foreign than American players. Like B.U., the Panthers are 1-1, with a win against St. Francis College, and a loss in the season opener to Seton Hall. Polish powerhouses Marcin Pachowicz and Mariusz Kulesza each have a goal and an assist.
The match against Boston University begins at 5 p.m. at Berman Field tonight.
Archived article by Tom McNulty