The Crimson JV soccer team turned in its best performance to date Saturday afternoon when it handed the Amherst junior varsity a 4-0 defeat on the Business School field.
Coach Seamus Malin was pleased by his team's effort. "We played very well overall. After we adapted to their defense, we showed no weakness at all." he said.
Harvard played steadily throughout the game, scoring once in each of the four periods. Malin especially liked the way his fullback combination of Andy Abbot. Ron McClain, and Bobby Woods contained the Amherst offensive thrust.
Senior forward Ben Phinney put the Crimson ahead in the first period when he took a perfect lead pass from Skip Marotta and sent the ball high into the far corner of the Amherst net. Peter Kertes tallied in the second quarter after an indirect free kick to pad the Harvard lead at the half. 2-0.
Phinney scored again in the third stanza, and Bill Bellows curved in from his left wing position in the final period to ricochet a shot off a Lord Jeff defender and into the goal.
The JVs had anticipated a tougher match from Amherst. Malin said yesterday. "They weren't as good as we had expected, but they did have some very good players. They just need to play together a little more."
The Crimson travels to Brown tomorrow for its sternest test of the season.
"Brown is Brown, and that means they will be good. This is not a game that we will drop for lack of hustle or spirit," Malin said. The junior varsity has not lost to Brown for four years.
Harvard's Yardling booters mauled a hapless M.I.T. freshman team, 11-1. last Friday afternoon at M.I.T. to remain undefeated and untied. The potent Crimson offense employed speed and adept passing to overwhelm the Engineers.
The Yardlings controlled every phase of the game, and M.I.T. could manage only frequent penetrations of the Harvard defense. The Engineers tied the score briefly in the first period at 1-1, but the Yardlings responded with three more first-half tallies and a seven goal barrage in the second half.
Freshman coach Dana Getchell substituted freely, but could not avert the lopsided final score. "You don't get too much out of a game like this. We need to have a good test of our ability. I would have liked to have had it today, but we will get one for sure next week." he said. The Yardlings play Exeter at Exeter on Wednesday and host Dartmouth on Friday.
Yardling center-halfback Emmanuel Ekama registered the game's first goal after only five minutes of play on an assist from Ben Tuttle. After M.I.T. tied the score ten minutes later, center-forward Chris Papagianis gave the Crimson a lead that was not challenged again. Right halfback Pauli Jarvepaa then banged home two goals to put Harvard ahead 4-1 at the half.
The Yardlings stormed the M.I.T. goal in the second half. The Engineer defensive backs tired noticeably as the game progressed, but the Harvard attackers seemed stronger each minute. Pagagianis and Mossavar-Rahmani tallied in the third quarter, and David Lee and Ron Padmore scored in the final period. Papagianis went on another scoring spree in the final minutes of the game and claimed his third and fourth goals for the day.