Like a slingshot, for 20 minutes yesterday the women booters pulled back and back, then loaded up and fired away. Zing. Sue St. Louis. Zap. Julie Brynteson. And three more goals to give Harvard a 5-0 shutout over Williams.
"You just need two or three minutes to work the kinks out of your legs," St. Louis said. And after she and her teammates settled down and started looking to the wings, they played what Coach Bob Scalise called "our best half of the season."
"All the shots were good," St. Louis, Harvard's answer to Phil Esposito, said. "Even my goal was not a garbage goal for once," she added. She opened the scoring at 20 minutes of the first half with a 20-ft. shot that deflected off the crossbar and in. She took a pass from Ellen Hart on the left side, sidestepped a Williams defender and the Harvard shooting machine was triggered.
Less than a minute later, co-captain Julie Brynteson sent a direct kick sailing over the head of the Williams goalie for a 2-0 Harvard lead.
Cat Ferrante made it 3-0 just before the end of the half by taking a pass from St. Louis--who was bottled up inside--and drilling a shot low to the near side.
Ellen Hart kept things going in the second half with the niftiest goal of the afternoon. She intercepted a Williams pass at midfield, dribbled past two defenders and blasted a shot that hooked inside the goal post in the right upper corner.
Harvard's final goal came at 25 minutes of the second half as Cecile Scoon took a pass from Jenny White, burst through the center of the Williams defense and laid the ball into the right corner.
For the Crimson it was a game of total domination. In the opening half, Williams rarely had the ball in the Harvard zone. Ellen Hart played a strong game on left wing, working well with Ferrante and St. Louis inside. And on the right side, Marcia Hamelin and Ellen Jakovic worked some combinations finishing off with threatening crosses to the goal mouth.
"We're getting used to each other," St. Louis said. "I know somebody is going to be inside when I move to the wing," she added.
This weekend the 8-0 booters take their Goliath act on the road to Princeton.