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A combination of Harvard offensive talent and Dartmouth defensive mistakes contributed to an easy 4-0 Crimson victory over the Indians yesterday in a ruggedly fought soccer game before a capacity crowd on Cumnock field.
Harvard is now undefeated in seven games and stands alone at the top of the Ivy League, pending the outcome of today's Penn match against Princeton.
Goalie Bill Meyers registered his sixth straight shutout of the season. With 26 scoreless periods in a row, Meyers extends his own record for consecutive shutouts and now is within one game of tying the season record for most white-washings.
Key to yesterday's triumph was an offensive strategy that shifted players between positions on the line. For example, Solomon Gomez scored once from right wing played most of the game at inside and assisted two more tallies from the left wing. The juggling of the forward line kept the Dartmouth defense off balance.
Dartmouth obviously was psyched up for the match, for the Indians took the field long before the Crimson appeared. The momentum was apparent in the opening minutes of the game as Dartmouth's Randy Quayle smashed a hard shot off the Crimson post. The Harvard defense seemed shaken by the blow but soon regrouped and Meyers was never challenged again in the game. Senior Bob Gray in particular repeatedly repelled savage Indian attacks.
Throghout the remainder of the first period Harvard dominated play and a breakthrough seemed inevitable. Finally halfback John Gordon slipped a pass through to Gomez. The junior star shot the ball off a fullback's leg and the screened goalie could not compensate for the deflection in time.
In the second quarter Gomez and left wing Charlie Thomas momentarily exchanged positions, and the move paid off. Gomez centered a perfect pass to Thomas in front of the net. The sophomore's quick shot hit a fullback, but the rebound came straight back and Thomas banged it home.
Russ Bell single-handedly gave Harvard a 3-0 lead in the third period. A hard shot from far out bounced off a Dartmouth fullback and rolled slowly toward the goalie. Bell out-raced the Indian net-minder to the ball, took a quick step to his right and found himself standing on the goal line with no one in front of him. The sophomore right wing enthusiastically walloped the ball into the open net.
Death by Execution
With the game all wrapped up. Harvard executed a basic scoring play to perfection. Goalie Meyers cleared the ball three-quarters of the field to Gomez, who in turn centered the shot from the wing to Phil Kydes in front. With his back to the goal. Kydes stopped the ball, spun and shot a line drive past the ???stretched arms of the goalie.
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