Cornell (1-0, 0-0 Ivy) will get its second tune-up before Ivy League play when it hosts the Panthers of Adelphi (0-3-1) tomorrow at 7 p.m. on Berman Field. The young Cornell team will look to start its second straight season at the 2-0 mark after the Red toppled Colgate two weekends ago, 1-0.
Last year, the Red took down the Panthers with three second half goals to pull out a 3-1 victory at Garden City, New York. Then-junior Ted Papadopoulos scored one of only two goals on the season last year at Adelphi but this weekend will look to put in his second in as many games this year.
The Red will likely need the undersized forward’s scoring touch, as the team remains inexperienced and lacks its top five scorers from the year before. Red coach Bryan Scales will also be looking for sophomores Ian Pilarski and Colin Nevison to grab their first points on the season this weekend, as the duo combined for 10 points a year ago and were critical in Cornell’s ability to score 31 goals in 17 games last year — tops in the Ivies.
Adelphi garnered its only points of the year against Columbia this past week in a 1-1 double overtime tie with the Lions. Forward Mariusz Kulesza scored the Panthers’ only goal of the year thus far with a twelfth minute penalty kick. The Panthers had lost every other game up until the Columbia match by 3-0 scores, including a loss to future Cornell opponent Syracuse.
The game will be an important final check for the Red before it travels to Yale next weekend to open its Ivy season against the Bulldogs.
Archived article by Charles Persons