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The Unbeaten third-ranked Harvard soccer team, healthier now than it has been the majority of the season, faces a physical Brown team today at 10:30 a.m. on the Business School field. Both teams, however, may be looking past this morning' game to their probable encounter in the New England regional finals after Thanksgiving.
The Crimson, ranked higher in the national ratings than it has ever been at comparable stage in the season (Ivy rival Penn is second, defending national champion Howard is first), will probably regain All Ivy forward Felix Adedeji for the contest.
Adedeji, who sat out last Saturday's piecemeal 5-0 destruction of Princeton looked extremely good in the one day of outdoor practice the weatherman donated Harvard this week. He has been bothered by the lingering effects of muscle spasms in his back for most of the season.
The addition of Adedeji will however be offset by the loss of Dragan Vujovic Vujovic flew home to his native Yugoslavia to attend the wedding of his brother and will be lost to the Crimson through the Yale game next Wednesday. His place in the front line will be filled by junior Ion Van Neil who stepped into the offensive line last week against the Tigers and responded with a two-goal performance.
Elsewhere in the starting contingent Harvard is at relatively full strength Ivy scoring leader Chris Papagianis is still favoring a swollen right knee but, as usual, will play Linkman Bahman Mossavar Rahmani has been bothered by a sore rankle and Emmanuel Ekama's foot problem persists, but both are ready.
The Harvard defense, which has surprised all season long with a string of fine performances, is healthy after its second Ivy shut-out. Goalie Steve Kidder, who began his Ivy campaign by allowing three goals to Columbia, has come back to allow his next four Ivy opponents a mere three goals. Kiddies are now the third-ranked goalie in the league with 1.20 goals against average.
The Bruins, who had hoped early in the season to challenge for the Ivy side, have seen an early season 3-1 loss to Penn and last week's 4-1 trouncing at the hands of visiting Cornell drop it out of the title picture for another year. A massive transfusion of junior college talent was supposed to have given the Bruins a potent squad, but things don't always work out the way they are supposed to in providence.
The Bruins, who are third in scoring, third in goals allowed, and, not surprisingly, third in the standings, have a potent, but inconsistent, offensive attack Ferdinand Treushacher, one of the junior college All-Americans Brown persuaded to come to smoggy Providence, leads the team in scoring but is well down in the list of Ivy scoring leaders with five points John Drew. Dick McEvoy, and Bill Frost complete the line.
On defense, Brown has been hurt by problems at goalie. Paul Nearly last year's starter is leading the league with a 75 average but transfer Mike Hamden from Miami Dade Junior College, who was counted on to start, has been hurt much of the season.
Despite disappointing losses to Army and Amherst. Brown can be a dangerous team on any given day They are traditionally an extremely physical team, and may attempt to west down the Crimson in hopes of setting up a more favorable match in the New England regional Both games will be played in Cambridge.
Harvard will try to win the game as painlessly as possible. The Crimson must avoid serious injuries, which could affect its chances of sharing the Ivy title with Penn, a showdown with the New York regional champion and a possible return trip to Miami.
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