Army Stops Lion Booters In Rain

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Daily Collegian

WEST POINT, N.Y., Nov.8--The Penn State soccer team was foiled in its attempt to snap Army's unbeaten streak and instead became the Cadets' eighth straight victim of the season, losing 3-1 here this afternoon.

The game was played in a driving rain, a factor which proved costly for the Lions. Andy Honker, State left wing, suffered a fracture of his left leg when he slipped on the sloppy turf while attempting to pass in the last quarter. He will miss the Lions' remaining two games this season.

Although the Lions tried 28 shots, their biggest total of the season, they found themselves on defense most of the time. They made several offensive thrusts in the second and fourth periods, but had difficulty controlling the ball the rest of the time.

Size and Speed

Both teams were hampered by the soggy field but Army, big and rough as expected, made the most of its superior size and speed. Speedy inside right Hugo Elvir played a fine all-around game while reserve Jim Deens scored a pair of goals for the Cadets.

If there was a standout for the Nittanies today, the nod would have to go to goalie Stu Ross. The 5-11 senior was tremendous around the nets, stopping a total of 41 Cadet shots. He stopped several sure goals while leaping high into the air and lunging into the mud for saves.

After a scoreless first quarter, Deens put the Cadets ahead with his first goal midway through the second period. Big Dan Banovic made it 2-0 with a third period goal, but State pulled within one when team captain and center halfback Dieter Heinze scored his first goal of the season on a shot from the left side.

The Lions made several offensive spurts in the final stanza, but were unable to score after Deens added an insurance goal for Army shortly after the period began.

There were less than five minutes left in the game when Honker went in to replace Al Cashie at left wing for State. Two minutes later the 20-year-old senior from Myerstown was carried off the field with a broken leg. Honker, who can also play center forward, was immediately taken to a West Point hospital.