What the little World Series is to the Big, the Harvard-Yale soccer game is to the football game. As Harlow's men are pregame Giants and Yale the Yanks, so are the Blue and Crimson booters--one the Newark Bears and the other the Columbus Red Birds.
Which is which nobody knows now. Late this afternoon will tell the story. Again in 1937 as in every year when the charges of Leeman and Carr have clashed on the soccer field, two evenly matched teams meet to fight out a game which in its spirit and drive has become one of the grandest classes in the rivalry of the Big Two.
On their records there is little to choose out on the Business School at 2 o'clock today. Harvard beat Princeton 1-0, while the Tiger consumed the Bull dog 4-1. Yale outshone Harvard against Dartmouth. Yale held Brown as Harvard did. Yale has an airtight defense. Harvard has forward line snipers. But because the Blue has won the past two years, and still has former stars in its lineup it must rule favorite.
For the locals, Johansen, one of the leading league scorers, Arthur Page, clumsy but deadly in front of the enemy cage, Howie Mendel, dynamite southpaw wing whose shots have been dodged by the wrong kind of horseshoes all year, Tom Motley, team player, plugger, due for a big afternoon, Frank Harnden, long legged feeder of passes, are ready to swarm in the Yale secondary.
Behind them are the halfbacks. If these play a skillful driving offense, odds will swing early to the Crimson. Bernie Jacobson, on the right, turned in one of the season's outstanding performances at Princeton, bull rushing Bob Scott in the center, and slow George Phillips, soccer man's soccer player hold the key to the success of the Crimson goal scoring dive this afternoon.
From the opening whistle the Crimson is out there to score. Yale's offense is none too strong. The problem is attack. When the Eli's counterattack trust falls on fast and dependable veteran fullbacks Joe Bradley and Ted Robie, and "there with the ball" goalie Put Williams.
Also today on the Business School Field at 2 o'clock Captain George Hanford leads his twice defeated Yardlings against a favored Bulldog beaten only in its opening game.