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Nobody kin kick like a Billiken
Joe Jares
January 08, 1973
Since we borrowed the game from a bunch of other countries, it was fitting that the NCAA soccer championship last week was a Mixmaster of nationalities. Cornell's leading scorer was from Ecuador, UCLA started enough Ethiopians to staff Haile Selassie's palace guard, and the home countries on Howard University's roster read like the itinerary of a Caribbean cruise ship. Even the St. Louis Billikens—whose members regard anybody from across the city line as a foreigner—added international flavor: they wore jerseys bought wholesale from a dealer in Guadalajara.
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January 08, 1973

Nobody Kin Kick Like A Billiken

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Both sides played raggedly at first, with UCLA too individualistic and St. Louis unable to capitalize on some good thrusts. Finally, freshman Joe Clarke fed Dan Counce a nice fat one, and he booted it in for a 1-0 lead at halftime. The trouble started with the Billikens' second score shortly after play resumed. St. Louis had a throw-in, and UCLA Goalie Steve Burnside and his teammates-thought it was to be at midfield. Nope, the referee gave the ball to Tim Logush 20 yards closer to the goal. Logush promptly threw it over everybody's head, giving teammate Dennis Hadican a juicy one-on-one confrontation with the startled Burnside, and Hadican kicked it in. That annoyed the Bruins-and set up the brawl to come.

Ethiopian Tekede Alemu headed the ball in for UCLA's first score and almost immediately Center Forward Shoa Agonafer was kicked by a Billiken, and St. Louis Goalie Chuck Zorumski was butted in the mouth by a Bruin. Fists started flying and the benches emptied. When order was restored, Billikens Zorumski and Bruce Hudson were dazed from blows to the head and were later taken to the hospital.

St. Louis was horribly ragged for a few minutes more, then settled down to take advantage of some mistakes by Goalie Burnside, winning it all 4-2.

It would be at least a year before Trinidad and Ethiopia would have to be faced again, so wouldn't the St. Louis players go home now and take a vacation from soccer? Of course not. There is a first-round amateur cup game in St. Louis this week featuring the two best club teams in town. Half the Billikens play for one side, half for the other. Few, if any, foreigners take part.

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