The Globe-Times -- Bethlehem
March 21, 1927
STEEL SOCCER TEAM DIVIDES TWO GAMES
League Leaders Lose Saturday to New Bedford, 2-0 -- Defeat Providence Sunday
TOP POSITION STILL FIRM

The Bethlehem Steel soccer team shared the league points in the double bill over the weekend when after losing at New Bedford on Saturday afternoon by the score of 2 to 0, came back Sunday the following day to defeat Providence by the score of 4 to 2. Both games were American Soccer League contest and as a result Bethlehem retains the same commanding position at the top of the circuit as it did before the invasion of the New England states.

New Bedford Speedy
New Bedford was in fine fettle and starting with a rush continued the pace to the final whistle. Bethlehem seemed unable to settle until after the second goal had been counted and then struck the stride but too late to overcome the two goal lead.

Stevens, the New Bedford center forward, suspended early in the season for the remainder of the playing schedule but reinstated several weeks ago, was the scoring ace for New Bedford. Both goals came as the result of this efforts. T he defeat was the first league setback experience by Bethlehem since December 19 when Indiana Flooring registered a victory.

New Bedford scored one goal to each half, but both were registered by Stevens on centers from Best. The home team, recently strengthened by the acquisition of Perry at right halfback, Paterson at inside right and Hampton at goal, played brilliantly.

Edwards played a magnificent game in goal for Bethlehem, having seventeen stops to contend with, compared with eleven leveled at Hampton. Following a clearance by Edwards, Best obtained possession of the ball and centered the ball to Stevens, who with a quick turn deflected it past the goaltender for the opening goal at the end of thirty-six minutes.

Fifteen minutes after the teams had crossed over, Best received from Maxwell. The outside left dribbled down the touch line and centered to Stevens, who headed past Edwards for the second and final goal.

New Bedford -- Bethlehem
Hampton -- G -- Edwards
Gibson -- RFB -- Barrie
Hunter -- LFB -- Allen
Perry -- RHB -- Reid
Montgomery -- CHB -- Carnihan
Lorimer -- LHB -- McGregor
Chedgzoy -- OR -- Jaap
Patterson -- IR -- Stark
Stevens -- CF -- Gillespie
Maxwell -- IL -- Forrest
Best -- OL -- Goldie
Referee, R. Carwell. Linesmen: W. Sethridge and Bethune. Goals: Stevens 2. Substitutions: Granger for Forrest. Time of halves, 45 minutes.

Rally Brings Victory

A determined rally in the last fifteen minutes of play brought victory to Bethlehem in the Sunday game against Providence, winning by the score of 4 to 2. At the time the Steelmen rallied they were training a 2 to 1 count.

In the fast first half the teams went to an even score, each tallying one goal. McConnell netted for Providence and Stark for Bethlehem.

The Fletchermen took the lead after twenty-six minutes of play in the second half when Auld scored on a cross from Campbell. Jaap equalized two minutes later, and from then on Bethlehem had the game almost all its own way. McGregor scored thirteen minutes before the final whistle and Gillespie came through with the final goal five minutes before the end of the game.

Bethlehem -- Providence
Edwards -- G -- Nicols
Barrie -- RFB -- McCauley
Eadie -- LFB -- Martyn
McDonald -- RHB -- Black
Carnihan -- CHB -- Finlayson
McGregor -- LHB -- McNair
Jaap -- OR -- Lawson
Stark -- IR -- Campbell
Gillespie -- CG -- McConnell
Granger -- IL -- McLaine
Goldie -- OL -- Florie
Goals: Stark, Jaap, McGregor, Gillespie, Auld, McConnell. Substitutions: Auld for McLaine. Referee: Rose, New Bedford. Linesmen: Letheridge, New Bedford; Quinn, Pawtucket. Time, 45-minute halves.


1926-1927
Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club