The Red is ready to put it all on the line in its final game of 2016.

Cornell Men’s Soccer Seeks Elusive Ivy Win in Final Match Against Columbia

In a season with very few high points, the Cornell men’s soccer team still has a chance to get its first Ivy League win of the season, as the Red travels to Columbia on Sunday for its season finale. Head coach John Smith admits that while the season hasn’t gone the way anyone would have liked, it “has gone how [he] expected.”

“I have been involved long enough to know where you need to be at in order to succeed at this level, and the fact is we are currently not where we need to be, but have showed significant signs of improvement and we will ultimately get there — that much I am sure about,” Smith said. Regardless of how the season has shaped up, Smith is confident that the Red (1-13-2, 0-6-0 Ivy) will come out and finish the season strong. “Coming into the final game, I know this group will work hard and do their very best to produce a positive result,” he said. “We played our best game of the season against Dartmouth and I expect a similar performance against Columbia.”

The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, but after the announcement came that Harvard suspended its soccer team, the game was rescheduled so that all teams could complete the full seven-game Ivy season.

The men's soccer team will play its final game of the season this weekend against Columbia.

Corner Kick Goal Sends Dartmouth to Win Over Cornell Men’s Soccer

The Cornell men’s soccer team suffered a one-goal loss to Dartmouth (7-4-5, 4-1-1 Ivy) on Saturday, after a corner kick was headed by the Big Green three minutes into the second half of play. The matchup marked the last home game of the season for the Red (1-13-2, 0-6-0 Ivy) .

Both teams played a tight first half; freshman forward George Pedlow accounted for one of the Red's shots.

Tough Season Continues for Men’s Soccer in Loss to Yale

The season-long struggle continued for the Cornell men’s soccer team this past Saturday. After the team’s first win of the season at Colgate, the Red hoped to build on the momentum when it faced Yale at home. After an evenly-matched first half, Yale went on to score 3 unanswered goals in the second half, and the Red came out with a disheartening 3-0 loss. Despite a strong comeback victory for the Red at Colgate, the team came into this weekend’s game with a very uninspired showing. “You know, I don’t mind not winning when everybody’s giving 100 percent effort, I’ll take those losses on the chin,” said Head Coach John Smith in an interview with Cornell Athletics.

After blowout loss to Harvard, men's soccer bounced back against Colgate and earned its first win of the season.

Men’s Soccer Earns First Win of Season After Devastating Loss to Harvard

At the kickoff of the second half of its Tuesday night game, the Cornell men’s soccer team (1-9-2) (0-0-2 Ivy) was down 1-0 to the Colgate Raiders (8-4-0) and had not even taken a single shot. The outlook seemed grim. Before Tuesday night, the Raiders had failed to lose a match when they scored first this season. The Red was coming off two consecutive Ivy League losses and seemed to be losing momentum. But during the second half, something suddenly clicked.