It's the first time since 1977 the Big Red men's soccer team has snagged an outright Ivy League championship, and this Thursday they'll face Syracuse in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The number 14 Cornell squad finished its season 15-1 just four years after ending the 2008 campaign with a 1-15 mark.
The Big Red on its way to one of six Ivy League wins this fall. 14850 Photo.Cornell says tickets are now available at the Cornell Ticket Office web site for Thursday's game. They're selling for $3 for students, $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $4 for children.
Last time Cornell and Syracuse met, two years ago, the teams played to a 1-1 tie. Cornell leads the all-time series by a 39-22-7 record. It's the first NCAA berth for the Big Red since 1996, and the first return trip for Syracuse, which went 12-6 this fall, since 1984.
"We are so happy and proud for this university that we are able to earn that home game. They are not easy to come by," said coach Jaro Zawislan. If Cornell wins on Thursday, they'll advance to a second-round match-up against Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond on Sunday evening. The bracket ends with the NCAA semifinals on December 7th and final on December 9th at Regions Park in Alabama.
Big Red team members and coaches gathered on Monday afternoon at Robert Purcell Community Center to watch the NCAA selection show with fans. It'll be the first time Cornell has hosted an NCAA men's soccer game since that 1977 campaign, when the Big Red advanced on a 2-1 overtime win against Long Island.
Parking for Thursday's game will be free in several lots near Berman Field. Look for "sun and moon" signage to make sure you're not parking in one of the lots that's restricted even at night.