It was nearly one of those days again for the Harvard men's soccer team in its afternoon match against Tufts yesterday. Never able to slide into their usual rhythm, the booters' sloppy play made the Jumbos look better than they are for much of the game.
But two second-half goals by freshman Lane Kenworthy lifted the Crimson to a 2-0 taming of the powerless pachyderms at the Business School field
Under sunny skies in the first half. Harvard had more than a few lapses into confusion. The composure that has marked the booters play for most of the season was nowhere to be found, as clearances almost turned into goals and passes back to the goalkeeper were intercepted for Tufts best threats of the match.
But as ominously dark rain clouds brought on intermittent showers in the second period, the Crimson revealed its true form and goal completely dominated the pace for the final 45 minutes
"It was a good half-game," said Coach Jape Shattuck, explaining the slow start to the squad's recent misfortunes "Losing I don't know how many games in a row had something to do with our psychological state."
Coming into the match, the booters were dragging a three-game losing streak that had dropped their record to 3-7 and knocked them out of contention for the Ivy League title.
The hapless Jumbos, however, were not the finest opponents Harvard has faced, and after 64 minutes of waiting, the booters finally notched the game-winning goal.
Reserve winger Frank Alerte collected a ball near midfield and sent a well placed pass to Leo Lanzillo making an overlapping run on the right wing. The junior halfback dribbled to the edge of the penalty area and launched a cross to Kenworthy, who nodded the ball down off the goal line past Tuffs netminder Loren Shapiro.
Kenworthy, who midway into the closing 45 minutes moved from his spot on the wing to center forward, tallied again for the Crimson with 13.57 left in the match Reserve forward Charlie Corry, who took over Kenworthy's spot on the wing, controlled a throw-in on the left side of the field and burned last his marker to the endline Kenworthy controlled Corry's pass at the penalty spot and neatly tucked a hard, left-footed drive into the right side of the net past a stunned Shapiro.
Kenworthy Breaks Through
The two goals were Kenworthy's first in a Crimson uniform. In other matches, he has been reluctant to shoot, more than once dishing a ball off deep in the penalty area rather than going at goal himself.
"I haven't played on the wings too much before," explained Kenworthy, a starter on the U.S. Youth World Cup team. "I'm really more comfortable in the middle."
Yesterday's win leaves the booters at 4-7 for the season, but with a 2-3 mark in the Ivies, they have been numerically mixed from the running for the league crown. Undefeated Columbia leads the Ancient Eight with only two matches remaining.
Harvard hits the road Saturday, traveling to Onconta, N.Y. to face nationally ranked Hartwick--the team Shattuck coached last year.
NOTEBOOK: Kenworthy's two-goal outing moved him into a tie at six points with Lanzillo (three goals, no assists) for second on the booters' scoring list. Captain Lance Ayrault, with six goals thus far, leads the team with 12 points... Ayrault's eight points in Ivy League matches (four goals, no assists) ties him with Englishman Steve Sirtis of Columbia for second on the league scoring table. Princeton's Yun Fishman tops the list...For his play against Dartmouth two weeks ago, Coogan was named an Ivy Star of the Week by Ivy Sports Magazine.... Senior halfback Mike Mogollon, limited in recent games by a nagging ankle injury, plays more and more like Mauro Keller-Sarmiento in every match.