Unnoticed and unapplauded, the soccer enthusiasts are practicing steadily day by day in the shadow of the Stadium. Few Harvard men there are who ever watch their often fast and furious games, but the booters sacrifice seeing half the football game each Saturday while they kick away in an effort to win the Intercollegiate League championship. Though little is said about it, and Coach John F. Carr, Jr. '28 does not stop to think about it, the eleven this year has one of the best chances in history to win the championship. Jack Carr, who is also adeptly running Mr. James Michael Curley's campaign in Cambridge, has been gradually building up a squad of fine material. He is getting results. Take a look at the records of the "Intercollegiate Soccer Football Association of America."
Undefeated in 1933
In 1932 the Crimson lost only one game, and that was one of a two-game series with Yale, a system since discontinued. It tied four games, three in a row (Brown, Dartmouth, Princeton, and the second game with Yale.) In 1933 Harvard was one of three undefeated teams, though the team again found itself susceptible to the tieing jinx. The games with Dartmouth and Princeton ended in a draw, whereas both Pennsylvania and Penn State remained undefeated and untied.
The Crimson made even more progress in chalking up tallies. The net goal average was doubled, even if the 1933 figure of 1.66 was only half what the men in the Keystone State could score per game.
Best Intercollegiate Performance Given
The Association's guide declares that last year's games between Harvard and Yale and Pennsylvania "probably stand out as the best exhibitions of intercollegiate soccer of the season. It is unfortunate that Harvard and Pennsylvania could not have met, for the result would have settled many arguments as to the relative skill and playing ability of the two teams."
Unhappily there will be no elimination contests this year, the ratings in the League depend wholly on percentages. This is the same basis for the games played in the New England Intercollegiate Soccer League, formed only last January sixth. Manager Jim Sampson of the Crimson soccermen donated a cup to be awarded the winner, and Harvard certainly deserves to come out on top of the other 9 colleges in this local league.
Carr Developing Machine
Jack Carr's squad start their games early. If you have a few minutes and nothing to do before a football game, just drop over to the field across Boylston street. Watch captain Fred Stork at left inside hover vulture-like around the goal. Watch Mel Grover and Del Clos, both players all through Andover and Harvard, hold up the right side of the forward line. But the key to the whole situation lies in the half-back line, manned this year by John Dorman, Frank Vincent, and Ted Roosevelt. Dorman is a determined, untiring worker. He is a feeder of the forwards, breaker-up of the opposing front line, and the most eager man to tackle trouble.
Vincent, who was out with a sprained ankle half of last year and is just at present on the sidelines, plays a steady cool game. Stalwart Roosevelt and Dan Burbank, the latter temporarily pushed up from the Jayvees, have to be reckoned with too by all on-comers.
The fullback posts were the one hole Jack Carr found vacated at Commencement. Dick Gummere and captain Bill Wemple, who graduated last June, were both named "outstanding players for the season of 1933." So far this year Carr has filled the gap with Ferd Stent, who substituted in the backfield last year, and Horace Robinson and found them satisfactory. Bob Holcombe is serving as alternate.
More and greater results will be obtained by these men. But still only a handful of Harvard students will hear or see them. They work in quiet. By TIME OUT.