St. Louis U. Seeks Third Title In Row

Date Published: 
1971-12-30
Source: 
Cumberland News

Billiken Booters Meet Howard U.

MIAMI (UPI)—The Billikens of St. Louis University will look for their third straight NCAA soccer championship Thursday night in a contest against an aggressive Howard University squad from the nation's capital. Considered the premier American soccer team, St. Louis out-lasted a stubborn University of San Francisco team 3-2 Tuesday night, and Howard knocked off favored Harvard 1-0 in the semifinals before a respectable crowd of about 5,500 in the Orange Bowl.

For St. Louis' part, all it had to do was beat San Francisco, which it did. The Billikens have won eight of the 12 championship games played and have an All-star forward named Mike Seery who scored two of the three St. Louis goals Tuesday night and set up the third with an assist.

But in their win over Harvard, Howard University showed a rough and tumble squad which can give—and take—fouls with the best of them, and such an unrelenting offense that much of the game was played in front of the Harvard goal.

The fans saw a smooth working team of right inside Mori Diane of Guinea with Trinidadians Ian Bain and Alvin Henderson move in for the only score after luring Harvard's All-Star goalkeeper, Shep Messing, out of the line of fire for a split second. That was no easy chore, since not only did Messing hold Howard to a single goal but he is also the goalie for the U.S. Olympic team.

One of the fans watching from the pressbox was Dr. Horace Henderson of Trinidad, who flew to Miami without the knowledge of his son Alvin.

The elder Henderson is a world cup referee and member of the International Referee's Association.

Also on hand are soccer scouts from around the world to watch the St. Louis players, most of whom are home products but include forward Douglas De Sa Queen of Brazil, and the Howard Bisons, who have players from nine nations and three continents.