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The Harvard soccer team beat an aggressive Dartmouth squad 2 to 0 yesterday by playing the calibre of ball they could not maintain in Tuesday's loss to MIT. Except for five minutes of the first quarter when Harvard's defense suddenly slackened, the teams short passing attack sliced through Dartmouth for shot after shot to dominate the entire game in an exhibition of hard, excellent soccer.
The key to domination, as always, was the halfback line. John Felstiner, Tony Oberschall, and Marshall Schwarz controlled the last half of the game, breaking Dartmouth forward line plays as they formed at mid-field, and supplying their forwards with precise passes deep into Indian territory. Reserve center halfback Bill "Horse" Rapp relieved Oberschall on and off, making great use of what his teammates call "the best head on the squad."
The forward line also showed its strength yesterday, proving Coach Bruce Munro's thesis that with halfback support Harvard forwards can score against any defense. All-Ivy Dartmouth goalie Randy Malin set up the first Harvard goal when he let a half-pass, half-shot from center forward John Hedreen roll between his legs. Left inside Tom Bernheim cut behind him, and shot into the open goal with eclat.
The second goal followed almost immediately. Dartmouth kicked off at midfield, lost the ball, and in a few seconds, the Crimson broke through them. Right wing Ken McLntosh scored the second comforting goal as he crossed a shot past Malin into the upper left corner of the cage.
Captain Jim Shue and McIntosh ran the left side of Dartmouth's defense ragged. Combining passes to work the ball down near to the cage, they shot or crossed to left wing Larry Ekpebu in plays Dartmouth's slowing defense could not contain.
Dartmouth's linemen occasionally broke through the Harvard halfbacks, and had several fine opportunities to score. They worked well individually, but the few times one man slipped by fullbacks Charlie Steele and Lanny Keyes into clear scoring positions they missed a crucial set-up pass, or dribbled the ball a few feet too far towards goalie Tom Bagnoli, who then dove on it.
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