The men’s soccer team (5-4-2) will have a chance to get back on track on Wednesday when it hosts a nonconference matchup with Binghamton (3-7-4).
The Lions, after winning five straight before Ivy play began, haven’t been able to continue their success. They drew 2-2 with Brown in their Ivy opener, survived for a scoreless draw with Penn, and have been shelled in the two games since.
“We definitely have had some competitive games as of late,” senior midfielder David Najem said in an email. “We’re being tested in different ways both offensively and defensively, but for the most part we’re sticking to what we do best—defending well and being opportunistic with our chances.”
Last week, the team made a quick trip to the University of Connecticut—nationally ranked last week—and fell 4-0. On Saturday, the team followed it up by surrendering two second-half goals en route to a 2-1 defeat at Princeton.
Although the team was able to build on a good possession game during its winning streak, the Light Blue was heavily outshot by the Huskies and Tigers, to the tune of a combined 33-10.
“Possession has been a major part of our game all season, and in the past few games we’ve struggled in that area, so that is something we’re trying to get back to dominating,” Najem said. “I think that by focusing on that we will create much better chances as a team, and start getting back to the types of performances we’ve put in a few weeks ago, which will be crucial leading up to Saturday’s Ivy match.”
The Bearcats, meanwhile, have drawn their last two games. They have been outshot by a wide margin over the course of the season, including 20-8 by Hartford on Saturday, but have not been outscored too badly thanks to a good conversion rate. Six-foot forward Steven Celeste leads the relatively tall group of forwards with three goals.
Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium.