A point of interest in Sunday's big Eastern final in the soccer championship competition of the United States Football Association is whether the Bethlehem management will use Oellerman or Highfield in the goal. Oellerman will long be remembered by local soccer fans for his valiant defense of the Scullin Steel F. C. goal in last year's National Final at Harrison, N. Y., through those two terrific extra periods. With a crippled team giving him little support, he practically single-handed stood off the most terrific attack the Paterson team could pile in upon him. So fast did the shots rain in on him that he must have thought they were playing with a dozen footballs at once, but one after another, to the bitter end, he hurled it back distances never before attained by a goal keeper in this section. It was that game that brought him his engagement with Bethlehem during the current season, but Bethlehem has another star in Highfield. It is a toss-up, in the minds of most of the experts as between the two men. Each has his followers, and the followers are all rooting that their man have the chance.
No matter which is chose, Fall River is going to find it a hard job to get the ball into the net. But by the same token, if Bethlehem is to score, they will have to push the ball through a mighty small hole. Findlay Kerr, who does the "Horatius at the Bridge" stunt for Fall River never leaves any big holes in the mouth of any goal entrusted to his care, and he will be on the job for Fall River. Findlay Kerr got his early soccer education in Scotland and took a post graduate course in the "Bethlehem Vocational School of Soccer" through which so many splendid soccer players have found their way into other clubs, helping to raise the standard of play all along the line. He is a goalie that is good enough for anybody's team, and it is as firm a foundation upon which to build a defense as any manager could desire.
The amazing interest in the game still continues. Inquiries as to the prospect of it being played next Sunday are being made and oddly enough, many of these inquiries, by telephone, obviously came from persons who have never before taken an interest in soccer games. That can be easily inferred from the nature of their inquiries. Information has been so widely disseminated as to the location of the park, both through the press and over the radio that everyone seems now to know just how to get to the scene of the classic struggle.
The original selection of officials will hold for next Sunday's game.