They're taking their hats off to Leon Manheimer down on the Business School Field this week. That is, if there were any hats and if Coach Carr were in the mood for handing out plaudits, Leon deserves them for those two goals of his which gave the soccer team a tie against West Point Saturday.
But as it is, Coach Carr has time for nothing but practice, practice, and practice. The Dartmouth boys will be down from the hills again Friday; but the Crimson has still no offense worthy of the name to throw against them. And Dartmouth is going to be tough.
Jack thought he might have had something last week. He did; he had morale, and that's about all that saved his train-tired team at West Point. Even Johnny Dorman wasn't up to his usual game at center halfback, and what thunder was to be stolen went to the money man Manheimer and a Sophomore threat, Theodore P. Robie.
Robie Looks Promising
As a matter of fact, Robie happens to be one of Carr's problems; Jack doesn't know what to do with him. His natural bent appears of late to be that of fullback, but as Freshman he captained his team from the center halfback position, while he kicks, thinks, and is handy enough with his head to fit into the forward picture. Anyway, Robie was the star of Saturday's game, and he ought to be close to the starting lineup on Friday.
Still chief of Carr's worries is that of his attacking forward berths. Manheimer, cagey with the ball, is a good enough center, but he broke into Harvard soccer at right outside, that's where he belongs, and that's where he rates as one of the classiest players in intercollegiate soccer.
How about the Motley boys? Some days they look terrible, but you never can tell when, as in the case of Ed against Tufts, they'll turn up with three goals in a game. What can you fall back on if you ignore them, which nobody can?
Sam Kelly and Donald Sleeper, who made the Army trip, and Newlin Hastings, who did not, are still around. Sleeper and Hastings are Sophomores. Both are smart position players. Sleeper can run and pass but can't shoot. Hastings has a good shot but is short on ball control. In any case these are the men who are making progress with only the matter of time before they are ready to go in.
Attack Is No. 1 Worry
Attack is Coach Carr's principal difficulty. His halfbacks are good, and his new fullback combination of Bob Holcombo and Dick Powell is good. Tom Perry isn't any Jonathan England in goal, but he can stop anything except a well-placed penalty kick.
Dartmouth this week will add another chapter in the story of the 1935 booting machine, so far unbeaten. Perhaps Floyd Haskell, who filled in at halfback for Dan Purdue on Saturday, can release Frank Vincent into the forward line. Perhaps Syd Dawson will perfect that corner kick which led to the first goal against Army. Perhaps the Motley brothers will learn to meet the ball on the nose every time when in scoring position.
While Coach Carr wrestles with his problem on the Varsity field, next door Coach Jim MacDonald is trying to set the Freshman team right side up, which seems to be all that is the matter with it at present. The truth is that the boys are never in the correct position at the correct time.
Two or more forwards and a halfback crowd the ball at the same moment of attack. A fullback is discovered carrying the ball beyond the center of the field. A wing halfback leaves his outside forward to wrestle by himself with the opposition up in the corner of the field. A minute later the same outside forward is caught down field. A center forward tries to beat a pair of men in mid-field.
But if Mac can teach his men their positions, the talent is there and the team which lost to Andover on a fluke ruling of a ball which hit a crossbar and bounced out, and suffered a tie with Exeter when a fullback missed his kick, has some surprises in store for Dartmouth, Brown, Worcester, Tufts, and Yale.
Jo Johansen, center forward, can shoot just about as well as anyone in College, Frank Harnden and John Johnson, inside forwards, think fast, are quick with their feet, and want to play the scientific game called soccer. Dick Lowis, center halfback, is already a well-known post. Be covers the whole field; kicks everything, often in mid-air, as soon as it comes to him, and seldom misses. But Williams at goal is the class of the league. He gets them, high or low, clears fast, and has plenty of nerve.
Give this team a little fighting spirit, teach them their positions, and watch them go.