In a mud bowl at Hartwick last Saturday, the Warriors clinched the NCAA New York division soccer playoff with a 4-1 drubbing of Cornell and earned the right to play Harvard, the New England champion. The winner will travel to Miami for the national semi-finals.
Hartwick put the game out of reach with three quick goals in the second quarter. Left wing Coln Keenan registered the first Hartwick tally when he scored on an assist from Eddy Austin. In the same period, sophomore Bob Isacson passed to freshman Tom Moore for a goal and then added one of his own three minutes later.
Cornell Coach Dan Wood, said yesterday his team "was out-shot and outplayed in the second quarter." He claimed "One shot was kind of fluky but that's the way it goes in the mud." Cornell plays on a spic-and-span poly-turf surface for their home games.
A determined Cornell squad returned after half-time with the wind in their favor and the drier half of the field for offense but failed to capitalize on its advantages. "We dominated the third quarter but couldn't score," Wood said. "We knew we were in trouble."
Wood predicted Harvard would beat Hartwick this Saturday if its forwards are healthy. "Harvard has a more dangerous offense. Hartwick has scored only 33 points in 12 games," he said. "Hartwick's defense is a little better," Wood added. "They've given up only six goals all season, two of them to us." Wood said that he expects a low-scoring game with Harvard the victor by a score of 2-1.
If Harvard meets Pennsylvania in the Miami semi-finals, Wood said he would have to go with Penn. "They're used to playing on poly-turf. They have the best defensive record in the league. For a Harvard victory, the forwards would need a couple of great plays," Wood said.