Cornell males’s soccer (8-4-2, 2-2-2 Ivy) got here into Saturday’s essential matchup in opposition to Yale (8-5-2, 3-1-2 Ivy) with a 4 sport profitable streak and sitting atop of the Ivy League. Along with the Ivy League playoff implication, this sport was senior evening, the place the workforce honored its 9 seniors.
Cornell sat atop the Ivy league with eight factors coming into the weekend, tied with Yale, Penn (6-3-5, 3-1-2 Ivy) and Harvard (5-4-6, 3-1-2 Ivy), with Brown (5–6, 2-0-4 Ivy) simply behind at seven factors. Wins by Harvard and Penn earlier on Saturday gave the Purple’s match further significance, because it might clinch a berth within the 4 workforce Ivy League playoff with a win, whereas a loss would significantly hinder its playoff hopes.
From the opening kickoff, the match was outlined by a collection of one-on-one matchups. For Cornell, it was paramount that star freshman striker Alex Harris bought the higher of opposing Yale middle again Jamie Orson, whereas the Purple’s middle backs Wilson Eisner and Andrew Johnson wanted to win battles in opposition to Bulldog forwards Eric Lagos and Max Rogers.
Within the first half, Yale bought the higher of Cornell. Early within the match, Lagos missed a golden alternative. Rogers then acquired a protracted go and, after taking two Cornell defenders out of the play with a wonderful contact, curled a shot into the underside left nook. On the opposite finish, Orson stored Harris quiet, with the Purple unable to place a shot heading in the right direction all through the half. Solely a sliding, final ditch problem from Eisner stored Lagos from extending the Bulldog’s lead, as he had two breakaway possibilities in a primary half the place he persistently dominated Cornell’s protection within the air.
The second half was extra of the identical, with Cornell unable to win particular person duels or present an attacking menace. Orson continued to dominate Harris, who appeared unable to maintain up with the defender’s extremely bodily method.
The lone vibrant spot for Cornell was the play of junior midfielder Alioune Ka, who appeared harmful with the ball within the remaining third, persistently dribbling previous Yale defenders and tallying the Purple’s solely shot on objective. Because the half dragged on, nonetheless, Cornell appeared annoyed, unable to capitalize on an enormous proportion of possession as its seemingly aimless lengthy balls had been repeatedly cleared by the Yale again line.
Within the eighty fifth minute, Lagos bullied his well beyond Cornell defenders and bought a objective to cap off what had been an excellent throughout efficiency, and Yale took the sport, 2-0.
With this loss, in addition to a Brown win in a while Saturday, Cornell now not controls its personal Ivy playoff future. The Purple wants each a win subsequent week in opposition to bottom-of-the-table Columbia (2-8-2, 0-5-1 Ivy), and for Brown to both lose or draw in opposition to Yale to clinch its spot. The sport in opposition to Columbia will happen in New York Metropolis, New York on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. and can be streamed reside on ESPN+.