AMHERST, Mass.--The busdriver for the men's soccer team took a wrong turn in downtown Amherst yesterday, ending up at the University of Massachusetts instead of Amherst College. Nothing else went wrong, though, as the varsity booters put it all together to blast the Lord Jeffs, 3-0.
Harvard started to apply heavy pressure early in the contest, and recorded several shots on goal in the opening minutes.
One early opportunity ended fruitlessly as officials called back an apparent tally by midfielder Andy Kronfeld. Kronfeld had dropped the ball into the net following a loose header at about the four yard mark, but the referee ruled that he had interfered with the goalkeeper before the shot had been taken.
The disappointment didn't affect the way the Crimson attacked the ball. Some excellent penetration along the right wing, courtesy of the Michael Smith to Keller-Sarmiento connection, resulted in a couple of hard shots.
Though it all though, the game seemed vaguely reminiscent of last year, or last week. Lots of opportunities, but no goals.
If the Crimson coach George Ford was worrying about that aspect, of his squad's attack, he was able to relax following an exemplary Leo Lanzillo tally at 36:23. The yardling didn't wait long to make things happen, heading a Keller-Sarmiento corner kick up high on the far post just 30 seconds after moving into the line-up to register his first goal of the season.
The bingo made the score 1-0, and put the Crimson on top to stay. A mass of Crimson defenders stayed on the ball all afternoon, squelching weak Amherst surges almost before they started. Some strong defensive play at midfield by Smith, Lanzillo, John Lyons and Kronfeld usually prevented the Lord Jeff offense from advancing into the Harvard end.
when they did though, an imposing back line was there to pick up the slack. Stopper Peter Sergienko teamed up with Don Rung, John Duggan and right fullback Deniz Perese to turn back the pusillanimous Amherst threat.
On the infrequent occasions when they got a chance, Crimson goalies Pete Walsh and Ben Erulcar came up with some big saves to preserve the shutout. Early in the game, Walsh pushed himself into a crowd of players in front of the goal to snag a loose ball and squelch the threat. Erulcar duplicated the trick in the closing minutes.
Lanzillo had the crowd of 100 buzzing againt at 21:37 of the second half, heading a Duggan corner kick into the twines. That made two goals for the year, and thrust him up among the team leaders in that department. Following the game, Lanzillo waxed modestly about his two-goal performance. "The balls were there, and I was in the same place...It's just nice to score."
The final Crimson tally somehow seemed especially deserved. Just as they and been doing all day, Smith and Keller-Sarmiento moved deftly up the right wing. This time though, instead of seeing Lord Jeff goalie Rod Cole gather in a hard shot, Keller-Sarmiento scored on a blistering shot into the lower left corner.