Frosh Football, Soccer Lose; Soggy Fields Aid Yale Cause
Harvard's strong freshman teams journeyed to New Haven yesterday hoping to end their seasons on a bright note against Yale in a prelude to The Game. Unfortunately, the Elis and a continual downpour conspired to dampen their spirits, as the football team lost, 10-3, and the soccer squad bowed, 3-1, to Yale's JV team.
The football team lost a tight defensive struggle on a rain-soaked field. Neither team managed to generate much offense, yet Yale managed to put all of its ten points on the board by the end of the first half. Its first score came on a 22-yard field goal by Tom Patterson, that bounced on the crossbar and through the uprights.
In the second quarter, the Eli frosh got the kind of break that often decides such a defensive battle, recovering the fumbled snap of a punt attempt inside the Harvard ten-yard line.
The Crimson defense resisted until halfback John Hagem bulled in for the winning score on fourth down from the one-yard line.
Harvard mounted a drive early in the third period, but a strong Yale defense stopped them on the one-yard line, forcing them to settle for a field goal and a disappointing defeat.
The freshman soccer team was badly hampered by the horrendous conditions and a narrow field in its 3-1 loss. The unusual dimensions stopped the booters from playing their normal offensive game of chipping out to the wings and taking advantage of the width of the field.
After a scoreless first half, Yale controlled the ball in a rough-and-tumble manner better suited to the soggy field than Harvard's precise, speedy technique.