The men’s soccer team will attempt to regroup and get back on a winning path today when it hosts Loyola at Berman Field.
The Red (3-3-1, 0-2-0 Ivy) lost its last two games at home, both of which were contests against conference rivals, Penn and Yale.
On Saturday, Cornell fell to the Bulldogs 2-0 in a game that was poorly played according to many people close to the team.
The Greyhounds (4-4-0, 1-0-0 MAAC) have also dropped their last two contests, falling to William and Mary and No. 11 American University, in that order.
This will be the first meeting between the two squads. Loyola will also play Princeton later this week.
The Greyhounds sport a dangerous roster that includes Niall Lepper, the 2001 MAAC Player of the Year, and three-time MAAC Goalkeeper of the Year Reb Beatty. Last season, Loyola racked up 17 victories and reached the Round of 16 in the NCAA tournament.
Head coach Bryan Scales was a teammate of Loyola coach Mark Mettrick during their playing days at Hartwick College. In just his third year at Loyola, Mettrick has compiled a stellar 33-10-3 record as head coach.
Aside from the urgency to return to winning form, this game will hold importance for the Red in terms of national tournament consideration. A win would reflect well at the end of the season when NCAA invitations are given out.
Following today’s 4 p.m. game, Cornell will resume its Ivy League schedule, traveling to Harvard on Saturday.
Archived article by Owen Bochner