When a team begins to score goals it's a dangerous contender for soccer honors. The Steelmen, scoring more or less spasmodically in the first half of the American Soccer League schedule and allowing more than the usual quota of goals characteristic of the Steelmen's defense to trickle through, had a hard job in keeping in the running for soccer honors. It is doubtful if at any time during the season the Bethlehem clan has performed in the style as impressive as the last half dozen games. The forwards seem to have struck their stride and the defense to have tightened materially and visions of coming through on top in the second half of the league schedule loom bright. The Steelmen have played nine games in which 24 goals were scored against 13 for the opponents. The record ranks near to that of New Bedford, the league leader, with 8 games played and 21 goals scored against 10.
The Hard Test
Probably one of the hardest tests for the Bethlehem forwards in scoring goals was over the past weekend when the team was pitted against two such formidable teams as Fall River and Providence. Incidentally, the game played in Philadelphia might well have been termed on a neutral grounds while the second clash took place at Providence so that Bethlehem really did not have the generally acknowledged advantage of playing on home grounds. In these two games, the Steelmen collected a total of five goals while the merit of the defense was pronounced in allowing only one goal for the two games. Perhaps a change of scene and greater moral support has already served as a tonic in inspiring the Steelmen to greater efforts.
The Adopted Home
It is practically assured that the Steelmen will play the remainder of their American Soccer League games in Philadelphia, much to the regret of the several hundred loyals who strove in vain to build up the patronage here and put the club on a self-paying basis. And it is likely that if the support expected in Philadelphia is forthcoming the franchise which Bethlehem held for a good many years will be transferred to the Quaker City. The Steelmen are booked for two league games over the weekend, one against Brooklyn, the team that eliminated Bethlehem in the National Challenge Cup. The other is against Newark on Sunday. The Philadelphia game promises another rare treat for Quaker City fans.