From a Soccer Enthusiast
One of the most interesting of communications in regard to analyzing relative merits has reached this desk, in which a soccer fan discounts the value of goal scoring in commenting upon club performance. There is plenty of logic in his theory and he backs it up with figures that cannot be denied. For the enlightenment of soccer enthusiasts, the following will prove interesting: "The press, in commenting upon club performance, lays more or less stress upon goal scoring records. Goal scoring is viewed by players in varying lights. There are occasions, when from ill-feeling, forwards will score as frequently as possible; there are other occasions when the reverse conditions exist. I am sure if you will but recall some of the goal performances of this season that these principles are readily proven. The 14-0 game at New Bedford stands out prominently; and I could mention several Bethlehem games when the score could have been increased had the team been so inclined; and yet when making comparison of goals scored by clubs, I believe lack of consideration has been given to the number of games represented. For instance, while Bethlehem has on the league chart played 36 games, you will recall that four of these were not played (three against Springfield and one against Newark), so that substantially Bethlehem has played but 31 games, in which 90 goals have been scored, or an average of 2.90 per game. New Bedford, the club with the highest goal scoring record, is credited with one Springfield game not played, so that their actual record is 36 games, with a goal record of 107, or an average of 2.97 per game. T his latter figure includes the memorable 14-0 game vs. Philadelphia, which score in itself is equal to more than four of their average games. It would appear that the more fair method of goal comparison is on the basis of goal ratios, meaning the proportion that the goals are greater than the goals against. This basis reflects both offense and defense. The figures of the league on such a basis are as follows, and these figures include the games credited but not played, and for which no goals have been given or charged: Bethlehem, goal ratio, 3.21; Boston, 1.53; Fall River, 1.33; New Bedford, 1.70; Indiana Flooring, .89; New York Giants, 1.09; Brooklyn, .89; Providence, 77; J & P Coats, .63; Philadelphia .55; Newark, .57; Springfield, .61. It should be interesting to compare these figures with the league winners (Fall River) for the past two seasons: Season 1924-1925 (Fall River), ratio 3.00; 1925-1926 (Fall River), ratio 2.78; Apparently, in spite of improved competition, as we must all admit, the league is better today than in the past. Bethlehem's present average of 3.21 stands ahead of anything previous.