Construction Crew in Pink and Blue

The Soccer Notebook

The cover of the 1988 University of Hartford men's soccer media guide is a bit unorthodox.

After a disappointing 6-9-5 finish last season, Hartford christened this season as its "building year." The sports publicists took them seriously.

The title of the guide is "Building a Program." And the team photo features the Hawks piled atop a bulldozer, wearing orange hard hats and holding picks and shovels.

They are bulldozing a load of soccer balls. Head Coach Doug Orr and his assistant Ken Heydt stand to the side, pretending to read the blue prints.

The orange clashes with the pale pink of their uniforms.

Don't laugh so quickly.

The construction crew--which Harvard crushed, 5-1, for one of its biggest goal differentials of the 1987 season--battled the Crimson to a 1-1 overtime tie last Sunday.

Somebody read the right blueprints.

Quotable Noteable: Connecticut Coach Joe Morrone on his freshmen recruits, five of whom started in UConn's 2-1 triumph over the Crimson last Wednesday, "I've got four or five decent American players but they're nothing compared to the foreign players Harvard gets."

Gee, thanks, Coach.

Temper, Temper: Along with a dislike for foreign recruiting, Marrone is known to have a temper.

On press row at Connecticut Soccer Stadium in Storrs, the members of the college paper make a chalk mark on the press table each time Morrone throws--and breaks--his clipboard. Last season the reporters were worried they would run out of table before Morrone ran out of clipboards.

At Harvard Wednesday, Morrone kept up the tradition. Midway through the first half, he hurled his board at the UConn bench in frustration.

Chalk another one up in Storrs. Maybe even get another table.

Firsts: Last week marked a couple of firsts for the Crimson.