With less than two minutes remaining in the second and final sudden death overtime period, Penn St. freshman Drew Cost’s left-footed shot ended the game. Despite a tough battle late into the night, the Nittany Lions’ goal moved the final score to 2-1.
After this game, the Red’s record fell to 5-6-1 (0-2-1 Ivy) and the Nittany Lions improved to 5-7-3 overall. Though this game does not affect either team’s conference record, it will affect the likelihood of receiving tournament bids.
The men’s soccer team will host the No. 8 Brown Bears — the highest nationally ranked Ivy League team — on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Berman field.
Not only do the Bears (9-1-1, 2-0-0 Ivy) top the Ivies, but they are also very competitive on a national scale. The National Soccer Coaches of America Association places Brown No. 8 in the national Division I poll for Oct. 16 after the team’s recent triumph over Harvard. The Bears and the Crimson played overtime minutes concluding in a 3-2 victory for Brown.
Maybe it’s insufficient athleticism. Maybe it’s sheer stubborn pride, but by the time they reach the Division I level of soccer, few players are prepared to play anywhere on the field, and even fewer can play each position well. Cornell has found such a player in junior Joe Yonga.
In his first year at Cornell, Yonga proved himself quickly and earned a spot on the starting line. He has since played all over the field. Even though he was a staple in the defense last year, Yonga has moved into the midfield this season.
It’s time to move on for the men’s soccer team. With two straight losses behind them, the players are ready for a change, and they look forward to their game against Yale this weekend as an opportunity to redeem themselves.
The Red (5-4-0, 0-1-0Ivy), though forward-looking, cannot quickly forget the games against Binghamton or Harvard and will use these experiences as reminders.
“If anything is serving our motivation, it’s not connected to Yale, but instead to the two losses we have just experienced,” said sophomore Matt Bouraee. “As a team, we are not proud of our game against Harvard and we have been focusing on our intent to win and proceed with the season in a positive manner.”
Harvard will come to Ithaca Saturday night as the No. 8 ranked team in the nation and will look to secure this rank with another win at Berman Field. Cornell (5-3), however, aims to challenge the Crimson (7-1-1) squad and prove that it can play with the elite teams in the country.
Harvard, the winner of the Ivy League title last year, has come back even stronger in this season. So far in 2007, the Crimson has scored 20 goals and allowed only nine. The Red, on the other hand, has recorded 13 goals and given up 10. The two teams have winning percentages of .875 and .625 respectively and are currently ranked No. 1 and No. 4 in the Ivy League.
It’s time to put up or shut up for the men’s soccer team. The Red opens up its conference play this week and the attractive Ivy League title remains its primary goal.
The first challenger will be an intimidating one: Harvard. The Crimson is ranked 8th in the NSCAA adidas National Rankings, a three-place improvement from last week. Harvard’s 7-1-1 record gives them the highest ranking of all Ivy League schools in the poll. Following closely behind is Brown with a 6-0-1 record, ranked 15th this week and 14th previously.
BINGHAMTON — The men’s soccer team came up short against Binghamton on Saturday, losing to the Bearcats, 3-0. Binghamton (7-2) came into the match ranked No. 8 in the NSCAA Northeast Region, two spots above Cornell (5-2), and made the most of its opportunities.
Sophomore forward Cameron Keith scored three goals for Binghamton, and four different players had assists in the rout.
The Bearcats struck first after 20 minutes of play, and Cornell couldn’t capitalize on its opportunities. The goal was scored by Keith, his first of the season.
“We found a way to win,” said senior tri-captain Kyle Lynch.
And win it did. The Red recorded a 1-0 win at Berman field yesterday afternoon against the University of Vermont, boosting its overall record to 5-2 — including 2-0 at home — to eclipse its win total from all of last season.
The lone goal in a game of many near- goal opportunities came from freshman Brett Sumpio off of a cross from sophomore Matt Bouraee in the 77th minute of play. Sumpio has had an impressive rookie cmpaign, and his second career goal came a just the right time.
The fan presence at Berman field was certainly rewarded as the Red upset Colgate in its home opener last night.
Despite a scoreless first half, the bleachers were full of vocal support and enthusiastic fans who were rewarded when sophomore Matt Bouraee put the Red on the scoreboard with a shot launched from about 30 yards out.
“Coach Scales called that one,” said senior tri-captain Jarid Siegel. “At half, he told us that someone would score a goal from far out — whether it would be us or them was the question.”