The Red have a fresh slate heading into Ivy League play after a tough out of conference schedule.

Cornell Men’s Soccer to Open Ivy League Play Against Penn

After a brutal non-conference schedule for the Cornell men’s soccer team (0-7-2), the Red will look to start strong in Ivy League play as they open up against Penn (2-1-4) on Sunday at home. Up to now, the Red have been outshot (130-71), outscored (22-7), given up more corner kicks (60-29) and have more penalties (11-9) than their opponents. Despite a frustrating start to the season for the Red, the team will look to take lessons from their non-conference play. “We played some very good teams in a very short amount of time so these guys were put to the test mentally and physically,” said Assistant Coach Drew Hutchins. “While that sort of concentrated schedule is something we’ll do our best to avoid in the future, there’s no doubt that this group is stronger because of it.”

Hutchins believes that having a more spread out schedule, after a concentrated non-conference lineup, will benefit the team.

Junior forward Jonathan Cullum agreed with head coach John Smith in that the Red can take a number of positives away from the game.

Men’s Soccer Winless in First Two Games

The Cornell Men’s Soccer team (0-1-1) began its highly anticipated season with a loss to Central Connecticut State University (0-1-1). With home-field advantage and a two goal lead heading into the final 30 minutes, the Red gave up two goals to the Blue Devils and ended with a 2-2 tie. “We lost a little bit of focus,” junior forward Jonathan Cullom said. “We started off strong with two good goals. Both of their goals were set pieces off long throws, which we definitely could have tightened up on.”

Still, given the unique position the team is in —touting a new coach after a tenuous season last year — there are definite silver linings to take away from this performance.

New Head Coach John Smith

New Coach Hopes to Repeat Success, Help Men’s Soccer

A new chapter of Cornell men’s soccer is beginning as head coach John Smith takes the helm of the program. Smith is coming off a National Championship season at Stanford, where he was associate head coach. The 2015 season was Smith’s fourth with Stanford, and second as associate head coach. Smith helped lead the Cardinal to its first NCAA title in the program’s history after years of struggling. “We just went ahead in trying to change the culture, to instill a culture that was conducive to success,” Smith said.