Courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications
NEW YORK -- Much of the drama was eliminated as the Big Red men's soccer team clinched an NCAA Tournament berth without playing a game on Friday night, but the team made sure it had plenty of reason to celebrate on Saturday.
With a 1-0 win at Columbia, Cornell finished the regular season with its first outright Ivy League title since 1977 and just the second outright league title in program history.
The Big Red's excellence all year long was capped by yet another goal from Daniel Haber, and Cornell and was presented with the Ivy League Trophy after the victory. The win was Cornell's first over Columbia since 2010 and gave the team six Ivy League victories for the first time since 1995.
Cornell (15-1, 6-1) got on the board early in the first half with Haber's goal, his 18th of the season. His strike came just as the clock passed the 14-minute mark. Nico Nissl had taken a shot 10 seconds before, and Columbia failed to clear the ball far enough away from goal. Jake Rinow was there to head the clearance back into the box, Haber found the ball at his feet in a dangerous spot and he did not miss.
Cornell had plenty of opportunities in the 75 minutes after that, but it would not need another goal as Rick Pflasterer made saves on the Lions' two shots on goal and the Big Red defense played a stifling effort.
Plfasterer's win, his 15th of the year, broke the school single-season record for wins and puts him just one behind the school record for wins in a career (29).
With the regular season over, Cornell awaits its NCAA Tournament schedule. The NCAA selection show will air on NCAA.com at 5:30 p.m. on Monday.