Springfield Champions Nip Soccer Team, 1-0
Scrambling Defenders Block Goalie
The national soccer champions from Springfield played like ordinary human beings, but they flashed enough form to defeat the Harvard varsity booters 1 to 0, on the Business School Field last Saturday afternoon. It was the opening game for both teams.
George Penndorf, playing right wing for the physical education students, tapped in the single score from a mole in front of the Harvard goalmouth. Crimson goalie Whoop Batchelder, who throughout the game made a series of spectacular saves, was blocked out of the scoring play by the scrambling Crimson defenders.
Although Springfield kept the ball in Crimson territory most of the game, the collegiate champions of 1946 and 1947 had about the same number of good scoring chances as the Harvard eleven, because Crimson fullbacks Rick Darake and Mike Scully consistently broke Springfield scoring threats before they reached danger territory.
Winners Controlled Play
In field play, the Gymnasts probably held the edge, for the Crimson never did get its short passing game functioning. For most of the contest the Varsity was forced to play Springfield at its own game--looping passes from the halfback line to its forward line, which played deep in Crimson territory.
The Harvard team: Batchelder, g; Scully, lf; Drake, rf; Carswell, Bell, lhb; Carodney, chb; Saul, Seamans, Mudd rhb; Dawson, le; Potter (capt.) Gilbert li; Estin, cf; Weiss ri; Spivak, ro.