Editor’s Note: This story was written by and republished with the permission of the Big Red Sports Network, which provides excellent Cornell sports coverage throughout the year for alumni, parents, students and fans everywhere.


The 3 Cornell sports stars of the week, from Oct. 1 to Oct. 7 …

1. Meera Dheer of women’s soccer

Freshman Meera Dheer scored the game-winner on Friday night to help lift the women’s soccer team over Penn for the first time since 1996.

Dheer netted her first collegiate goal with 13:13 remaining in the first half, which was the final blow in a three-score spurt by the Big Red in the opening 32 minutes of the match. This final goal would prove to be the decision-maker as Cornell held off a late game two-goal run from the Quakers.

Dheer, traveling down the right side of the pitch, received a lengthy free kick from sophomore Aimee Tavzel. The ball, aided by a fierce wind, bounced a few times before Dheer gained possession and fired a blistering 30-yard shot toward the high, far post. The ball trickled into the goal off the hands of Penn goaltender Kalijah Terilli.

Cornell’s victory snapped a 15-game losing streak to the Quakers and also marked the first time since 2006 that the Big Red scored three goals in an Ivy League matchup.

After the squad’s loss to Colgate on Monday, Cornell will look to rebound at defending league champion Harvard at 1:30 on Saturday.

Dheer. (Courtesy of Cornell Athletics)

2. Stefan Vinti of men’s tennis

Men’s tennis standout Stefan Vinti captured the Orange Singles bracket title at the UVA Classic on Sunday.

Vinti, a junior, took home the hardware in a comfortable fashion by winning all four of his singles matches in straight sets. Vinti defeated Dominic Pascal of Norfolk State in the semifinals, 7-5, 6-4, and then topped Old Dominion’s Javier Jover, 6-4, 6-4, in the championship match.

Vinti and the Big Red will have to wait a week before returning to action as Cornell prepares for the USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships, which are set to take place from October 16-21 in New York City.

3. The Cornell women’s field hockey team

Despite falling 1-0 to reigning Patriot League champion American a day later, the women’s field hockey team pulled off an impressive 4-0 performance against Yale on Saturday afternoon.

This matchup was Cornell’s first action as a nationally-ranked team, as the Big Red earned the 19th spot in last week’s national rankings. The victory extended Cornell’s winning streak to seven games for the second-longest in program history, before it was broken in the squad’s defeat to the Eagles. The Big Red improved to 3-0 in the Ivy League, which made Cornell the only remaining undefeated team in conference play.

The team had four separate goal-scorers with junior Marisa Siergiej, classmate Katie Garrity, freshman Sam McILwrick, and fellow rookie Krysten Mayers each netting one for the Big Red. Junior goalie Elizabeth Schaeffler stood tall in net, making one save, to get her first shutout of the year.

Cornell heads into a well-deserved bye week before resuming play, when the Big Red will host the 13th ranked Syracuse Orange at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 12.


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.