BACKGROUND -- Penn State's soccer team travels to Washington, D.C. tomorrow to meet Howard, the nation's fifth-ranked outfit.
The winner advances to the national tournament in Miami Beach set for Dec. 28.
GAME TIME -- 1 p.m. at Howard University's field.
1971 RECORDS -- Penn State, 9-2-1; Howard, 12-0 including a 3-0 win over Navy Tuesday. Penn State defeated Navy 2-1 earlier in the year.
SPEED -- Penn State normally is the fastest team on the field but this may change tomorrow. Howard also deals in speed. The home team plays a physical game combined with the solid passing skills normally identified with a squad composed of foreigners.
SCORING THREATS -- Two Trinidad All-Americans, Alvin Henderson and Keith Aqui, lead Howard's attack. Henderson has 16 goals and Aqui 12.
Andy Rymarczuk leads Penn State with 14 goals and Chis Bahr is second with 12.
PREDICTION -- Penn State halfback Gary Kline wonders why nobody believes in the Lions' squad. After beating Navy and Penn, the dis-believers are rapidly diminishing, something Kline should be glad to hear.
Though Howard is a strong favorite, we'll take Penn State in a high-scoring game. How does 4-3 sound?
P.S. -- The Lions return to Rec Hall at approximately 8:45 tomorrow night.--TN