The men’s soccer team (3-2-1, 0-1-1 Ivy) will look to earn its first Ivy League win tonight when it battles Harvard on Berman Field at 7:00 p.m.
The Red is coming off an impressive 3-1 win against No. 19 Penn State on Wednesday evening. The victory keeps Cornell’s home record unmarred.
“They need to come out with the same intensity [as they did against Penn State],” head coach Bryan Scales said on the key to victory over the Crimson.
Offensive potency has been a problem that has stymied the team for most of the season. The Red had been shut out in its previous three contests prior to beating the Nittany Lions, one of which was a scoreless tie with Yale.
The Crimson (6-2) comes to town with a 2-0 mark in league play. Harvard opened its season with a 4-2 drubbing of Yale and made Princeton its most recent victim in a 1-0 win last Saturday.
“They’re going to be a handful for us,” Scales admitted, adding that the Crimson may be as good or even better than the Nittany Lions. “They’re very athletic…and dangerous going forward.”
The Red can not afford to fall into another offensive draught, particularly against Harvard — a team that has notched 11 goals in its last three contests.
Despite loosing a wealth of talent to graduation last year in the trio of Wells Mangrum, Matt Edwards, and Ryan Kelly, Harvard has turned to its sophomore class for scoring opportunities — a group that contributed over half of the Crimson’s goals last season.
Senior keeper Dan Mejias, coming off a stellar junior campaign during which he recorded five shutouts, is the last line of defense for a stingy Harvard crew that has blanked four of the six teams it has defeated.
Cornell will look to counter by trying to spread chances on the offensive end. The recipe appeared to work against Penn State as the Red got goals from a mix of sources. Freshman Steve Reuter scored his first collegiate goal, while junior captain Liam Hoban and senior Ted Papadopoulos added the other two markers.
Trying to keep Harvard off the board will be junior goaltender Doug Allan.
“He’s been great,” Scales said. “He just needs to do what he’s been doing.”
Archived article by Gary Schueller