Even Favorites Go Bad
If there is such a thing as one bad game in every team's system, the Bethlehem Steel soccerites are extremely fortunate in unloading it without any more disastrous results than a draw game requiring a replay to decide the issue. The Bethlehem team on Saturday was not the same eleven that fought its way to the semi-final round of the National Cup, the semi-final of the American Cup, and leading contender for the American League honors. It may have been the elements that were decidedly against the play of the champion aspirants but no matter what it was the Newark F. C., proved equal to the occasion in haling the dash to the cup honors in the semi-final played on the Phillies ball grounds on Saturday afternoon. Bethlehem entered the game a long shot favorite, but it was even money and for a time Newark was on the long and during the two hour struggle staged in frigid weather. While Bethlehem was very weak on the outside position in the forward line, glaring defects in the smooth working machine were quite noticeable in other departments. Briefly analyzing the game, the rush and kick style of the Newark clan seemed far more suitable on a hilly frozen turf with treacherous footing than the clever manipulations of the ball and passing attempted by Bethlehem.
Meet Again On Phillies Ground
After the tie game in the National Cup semi-final on Saturday afternoon, the committee, comprising [...] Brown, chairman and Thomas W. Cahill, secretary of the U. S. F. A. decided to schedule the replay on the same grounds next Saturday afternoon. It is also said that in the event that the game is even at the end of the ninety minutes of play, the teams will be instructed to battle to a finish. The same officials, including the referee and linesmen, will be in charge. While no fault can be found with the work of the linesmen, the same can hardly be said of Referee Courage. However, let it be hoped that he profited by his experience in Saturday's game and will be in a position to call "them" more accurately and follow the game closer next time these two teams meet. Courage surely is no McCabe when it comes to officiating important matches. For Bethlehem let it likewise be suggested that in view of the grounds being in the same condition as last Saturday, that they profit by their experience.
Will Dope Run True to Form?
Bethlehem has never lost a cup replay. Records of the campaigning of the teams since the days when the Bethlehem machine was in the habit of cleaning up in the championship tilts, will show that of the total of ten or more cup replays Bethlehem has never been defeated and in the majority of the replays has grabbed the laurels in the most decisive manner. Records will also show that this has been true on grounds away from home as well as at home. In the National Cup competition Bethlehem will enter into its second replay next Saturday when Newark will again be the opponent on the Philadelphia field. On Christmas Day playing on the home log, Bethlehem and the New York F. C> battled to a draw. A week later the Bethlehem team journeyed to New York and eliminated the strong Gotham club by a one goal margin. If Bethlehem repeats in this tradition of never losing a cup replay, the Steel Workers will enter the Eastern final for a game with Fall River at the conclusion of next week's hostilities. This record of never losing a cup reply is some consolation to local enthusiasts. As for the players they should not assume an over confident attitude for Newark is a dangerous team and Bethlehem escaped elimination in the most important soccer classic of the country by the skin of their teeth.
Corner Kicks an Important Adjunct
An unusual feature of the United States Football Association Eastern semi-final played at Pawtucket, R. I., recently between Fall River and Abbot Worsted, writes a scribe in commenting on the importance of corner kicks, was that Fall River's two goals which gave them victory were scored from corner kicks. The scoring possibilities of this play are frequently overlooked, continues the scribe, particularly among the teams in the East. As an illustration, Bethlehem is refereed to as one club in the East that has made the play productive. That might have been in the years past but certainly not in the campaigning of the Bethlehem team this year for with the raft of corner kicks that have been conceded the Bethlehem eleven in the games played thus far, very few have been productive. Paterson, in last year's final took twenty-one corner kicks without scoring a single goal in the game with the Scullins, of St. Louis. The reason probably was that Oellerman, the present Bethlehem goalie, was at his very best in playing the same position for the Scullins, in that game.