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By Richard Cotton

The Harvard varsity soccer team scored two goals, Yale scored two goals, Harvard won the game 3-1 to tie for the Ivy League championship. Chris Ohiri broke two Ivy League scoring records as he paced the Crimson attack with two goals. Ohiri actually scored the only dyed-in-the-red Crimson goals--the third Harvard marker was pushed into the nets by a Yale defender.

Ohiri's goals raised his two-year career total to 31, breaking the old mark of 29 established by H. H. Broadbent in the seasons of 1929-30-31. His season output of ten goals in Ivy competition also established a new record, breaking the old mark of eight.

The game itself was a rather sloppy seesaw affair as a high wind made passing and shooting inaccurate. For most of the game the ball hovered around the midfield stripe as neither team could maintain control of it long enough to mount an effective offense.

In contrast to the virtually non-existent offense, Crimson defensive play sparkled, as it had to if Harvard was to avoid disaster. Fullbacks Lew Williams and Terry Winslow cleared the ball time after time, breaking up Yale plays with constant precision. The real standout performer, though, was captain Tony Davies, who seemed to be all over the field, harassing the Eli halfbacks and forwards and setting up what offense the Crimson did manage to muster.

Harvard's first goal came on a breakaway play midway through the first period. Emmanuel Boye managed to steal the ball and passed to Davies, who fed Ohiri in front of the Yale nets. Ohiri beat the Blue defender, took Davies pass without breaking stride, and drilled it into the corner of the goal from 20 yards out at 11:30 of the first period.

The Crimson came through for two big scores in the second period-both fluker Ohiri got his second goal on a direct penalty kick at 6:05.

The final marker required an assist from the ever-helpful men in blue. Mike Kramer booted a beautiful corner kick right in front of the Yale nets. The Crimson, apparently tired from its exertions, didn't come close to out-jumping the Yale defender. But all turned out for the best as he obligingly headed the ball past his own goalie.

Coach Bruce Munro certainly wasn't blinded by any show of brilliance on the part of his soccer proteges yesterday, but he came pretty close to being blinded by other sources at the end of the first period.

The timer, gun in hand, was counting down the last five seconds of the quarter when Munro sauntered up behind him intent on the action. The timer, in turn intent upon his clock, reached zero, struck the gun out to the side and fired-directly into Munro's face. The officials refused the Crimson a time-out for an injured coach, and Harvard played a coachless five minutes while Munro received first aid. The crowd gave him a long ovation when, undaunted, he returned to action.

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