On Saturday, Oct. 6, the Red will travel to Soldiers Field soccer stadium in sunny Cambridge, Mass. to face off against rival Harvard. Coming off of a win over Lafayette, Cornell (1-10-0, 0-2-0 Ivy League) looks to keep the momentum in its favor this weekend as they play against last year’s Ivy League Champion, Harvard (5-3-2,1-1 Ivy League).
A win over the Crimson would help the Red take a step in the direction of a successful stint of Ivy League play.
Head coach Patrick Farmer said that he “hopes and expects their win this week will help their confidence and ability to score more than one goal in a game.” This ability to keep scoring multiple goals, especially late game goals, should help the Red find itself in a good position this weekend.
“The Lafayette game gave us a good confidence boost and reassured us that we can really take it to a team, as we have been close to doing all year,” said sophomore midfielder Kerry Schubert. “Playing a more offensive game will transpire into the game against Harvard and hopefully we can create a bunch of scoring opportunities then as well.”
The Red has a long history against Harvard. With an all time series record of 20-3-7, Harvard leads the Red in more recent Ivy League titles. However, after a tie last year, the Red understands that it can push the limits against the Crimson, according to Farmer.
“We won’t prepare for this game any different,” he said of the team’s preparation for Saturday. “We are not bad in training, and hopefully the win will give us a spring in our step.”
The team believes that it can compete at a high intensity level against opponents and score multiple goals, so a win over Harvard would put Cornell in a good position, according to Schubert.
“I think as a team we go into every game with the same mentality and desire to win, but this game could really make a statement about our team,” she said.
This coming game with Harvard could really set the tone for the rest of the Ivy League play still to come.
“We understand that the team that wins the title this year will have some losses on their record,” Farmer said.
After a rocky 0-10 start to the season, the Red is working hard to establish itself as a contender within the Ivy League this year.
“We will have to focus on playing a strong 90 minutes of soccer [to earn the win this weekend,]” Schubert said.