The Harvard soccer team, coming off an 8-4 rout of Columbia Saturday, travels to Wesleyan this afternoon but it may be without the services of Felix Adedeji and Bent Hinze, two of its top scorers.
Adedeji, who picked up four goals against the Lions to tie teammate Chris Papagianis for the Ivy scoring lead while raising his season total to eight, suffered muscle spasms in his back on Sunday. The spasms were serious enough to require hospitalization in Stillman Infirmary. Adedeji is out of Stillman and has been given medication to reduce the spasms but nevertheless will not be available for today's game.
Hinze, who like Adedeji seemed completely healthy following the Columbia game, is hobbled by a slight groin pull. "I felt fine after the game, and on Sunday," Hinze said yesterday, "but on Monday I was really sore."
The loss of Adedeji and Hinze has forced head coach Bruce Munro to do some shuffling in his offensive lineup for today's game, and he may not know until game time what personnel will play where. "We don't have the depth to rest people like last year," Munro said, "and we might have a problem putting a line together." Dragan Vujovic, who has been improving with each game will move into the starting line-up and see considerable action. Ron Padmoor will probably complete the line.
Wesleyan, which began the season with a three-game winning streak and a fourth place ranking in New England, lost its last two games to UConn, 2-1, and the Coast Guard, 4-2, and dropped to ninth in the poll. "The fact that they have lost their last two will definitely help us," Munro said yesterday. The team, however, is a strong one. All but two starters return from last year's squad, one of the best in Wesleyan history.
The Harvard defense, one of the only sore spots in Saturday's romp over Columbia, is anxious to redeem itself after its two-game shutout streak was unceremoniously broken. "I wasn't that upset about our performance," captain and fullback Rick Scott said yesterday. "We made some stupid mistakes, but we have the potential for some more shutouts," he added.
Elsewhere in the Ivy League over the weekend. Penn overcame a 2-1 deficit to defeat a powerful Cornell team at Ithaca, 3-2. The win gave the Quakers, the defending Ivy titlist, sole possession of first place with a 2-0 mark. Harvard holds down a tie for second with Dartmouth, which topped Princeton, 1-0, in Hanover.
Brown, second in New England to the University of Bridgeport--Harvard is rated only third--had to cope with All-Ivy goalie Ken Pasternak of Yale, but his spectacular saves were not enough as the Bruins won, 3-0.