The two remaining undefeated Ivy teams will battle for first place at Berman Field on Saturday at 7 p.m., as the men’s soccer team (5-4-1, 2-0-1) and No. 14 Brown (7-3-1, 3-0-0) face off. This will be the second straight weekend that the Red will face a team ranked in the top 25, as it defeated the then No. 16 Yale Bulldogs last Saturday in New Haven. It was the first win at Yale for the team since 1975.
On Wednesday, the team’s five-game unbeaten streak was snapped at Syracuse, as the Orangemen downed the Red 4-0. The booters have little time to dwell on the loss, as they must prepare for a strong Brown team.
“I’m sure the guys are going to be ready to play on Saturday night. It’s a big game for both teams,” said head coach Bryan Scales.
During the team’s 4-0-1 streak, junior goalie David Mahoney only allowed one goal, in a tie against Harvard. Mahoney’s four shutouts is good for second in the league, while he is tops in saves, with 55 on the season. A transfer from Brown, Mahoney is very familiar with the Bears, as is the rest of the Red. Jeff Larentowicz was a teammate of sophomores Andrew George and Sean Shannon on FC Delco Arsenal, which won its second straight United States Youth Soccer Association championship this summer.
“We’ve seen Brown play on tape a number of times this year, and we’ve also seen them a few times in person,” remarked Scales. “David knows their guys pretty well, we know their guys pretty well. I don’t think there will be too many surprises. They know our group pretty well also.”
Brown’s game on Tuesday against Fairfeld was called 20 minutes into the first half, but not before the Bears scored in the third minute. Last Saturday, Brown shut out Harvard, 3-0, in Cambridge.
Marcos Romaneiro was named Ivy League Player of the Week, after scoring two goals against the Crimson, and Brown rose from No. 20 to No. 14 in the NSCAA/adidas ranking. Yale, ranked 16th last week, fell from the rankings after losing to the Red. Cornell has faced one other ranked team this season, Coastal Carolina, and will play No. 20 Hartwick in mid-November.
Romaneiro is second on the team in scoring with five goals and four assists, while Adom Crew is first in scoring with seven goals and two assists. In goal, Christopher Gomez has started in nine games this season, with a 1.07 goals against average.
Both Cornell and Brown have played in some close games this season, with each team playing in six one-goal games.
“We’re going to have to be good defensively. They’re a dangerous team, they’re 14th in the country, they have a couple of Ivy Players of the Week, and they’re going to be a good team,” said Scales. “I’m sure we’ll have a good crowd with it being Homecoming. That energy will be important and the guys are looking forward to playing in front of a home crowd on Saturday.”
With the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA College Cup on the line, this match will be critical for the Red if it is to win its first Ivy title since 1995.
“We’re the underdogs going into this game, and that’s a good position for us to be in. These Ivy games are huge, so [the team knows] that, and they’re excited about it,” said Scales.
The Red will be home again on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. game against Oneonta, and will resume its Ivy schedule next Saturday at Princeton.
Archived article by Jonathan Auerbach