October 12, 2000

Women's Soccer Faces Syracuse Tonight

Print More

There is no rest for the women’s soccer team.

The Red (2-7, 1-3 Ivy) continues its season tonight when it faces Syracuse (9-5) at 7 p.m. under the Berman Field lights.

The game against the Orange comes at a crux in the Red’s season. After a rough beginning, Cornell is putting together the pieces of its offense and defense. The team scored six goals, and gave up four last weekend in Cambridge against Harvard and the University of Vermont.

“Finally it’s all coming together,” junior co-captain Julie DeMichele said. “We played really well at Harvard. We didn’t have much luck [in the beginning of the season]. But it is turning.”

It is indisputable that the Red has had an unlucky beginning, but coach Berhane Andeberhan had faith that his team would eventually score more goals if it continued to create scoring opportunities.

The steadily improving offense had a breakthrough performance against the Catamounts. Freshman strikers Alicia Doolittle and Emily Knight have a combined six goals on the season. Five of them came last weekend.

Consistency, which was once an issue in the Red’s play, has not been as large a problem recently. The women maintained their composure throughout the Harvard game that they lost 3-1. They also proved resilience in rebounding from a one goal deficit to beat Vermont, 5-1.

Last year the Red fell to the Orange 2-1 in Syracuse, after Cornell was denied the tying goal due to a disputed offsides call.

Andeberhan came back from Massachusetts with an agenda for the Syracuse game. The rainy Ithaca weather forced the team indoors, but Andeberhan still held full practices to fine tune the women’s play.

In addition, he also is incorporated junior sweeper Ellen Daly into the offense to take more shots.

The optimistic team will have a chance to extend its winning streak to two, an oppurtunity it is looking forward to.

“We have a great opportunity to win.” DeMichele said. “It’s our turn this time.”

Archived article by Amanda Angel