The Globe-Times -- Bethlehem
April 20, 1925
STEEL SOCCER TEAM IN LEAD
Bethlehem Champions Defeat Fleisher, at Philadelphia
Saturday, 6 to 2
LEAD FALL RIVER 1 POINT

Displaying the class characteristic of their usual stride, the Bethlehem Steel dribblers overcame a first half lead against Fleisher Yarn on the latter field, in Philadelphia, on Saturday afternoon, and by annexing the two points, again assumed the lead in the American soccer league race, winning 6 to 2. Fall River, idle in league soccer over the weekend, is trailing Bethlehem by one point, but with, however, one game less played then the Bethlehem total.

The Steel workers won in the second half and won by a decisive score because they made the best of their opportunities, many of which were pot shots in the first half and were nonproductive. As a result the Fleisher crowd were leading by the score of 2 to 1.

After the restart the Steelworkers could not be denied and by steady and determined plugging quickly equalized and then, while Fleisher was held scoreless, the Bethlehem clan piled up their lead by notching goals at regular intervals. Stark, Turner, Goldie and Rollo contributed to the Bethlehem scoring, the former with two goals each.

Fleisher fans were given an opportunity to cheer in the first half, when within the first minute after the opening whistle, when McLaughlin worked his way close to goal and then beat Carson with a well placed shot. Carson seemed set to take the drive, but apparently misjudged the direction of the ball. Still more cheers, when within fifteen minutes later Fleisher made their total number of goals two before Bethlehem had notched any. McLaughlin again located the net.

Undaunted by these early successes, the Steel Workers became more determined and then got down to their usual stride. The Bethlehem defense tightened and it was only in flashes thereafter that Fleisher invaded the goal territory of their visitors.

Archie Stark had several opportunities early in the session, but somehow or other could not seem to find the mark. The premier league center forward, however, could not be denied and before the half had scored Bethlehem's first goal. It was converted on a corner kick which he headed into the net.

It was in the second half that the Steel Workers gave their real display and when the front liner got going, could not be check. Neil Turner notched the equalizer and after then the outcome of the game was never again in doubt. Both teams finished the game with ten men, Referee Oates banishing Oates and McQuade after an argument on the playing field.

The lineup:

Bethlehem -- Fleisher Yarn
Carson -- G -- Kucklick
D. Ferguson -- RFB -- Rodgers
J. Ferguson -- LFB -- McQuade
McDonald -- RHB -- Gallagher
Carnihan -- CHB -- Morrison
MacGregor -- LHB -- Duffy
Turner -- OR -- Galloway
Granger -- IR -- Purvis
Stark -- CF -- Stradan
Rollo -- IL -- McLaughlin
Goldie -- OL -- McGhee
Goals -- Stark, 2; Turner, 2; Goldie, Rollo, McLaughlin, 2. Referee - D. Oates. Linesmen -- Griffith and Gallagher. Time -- 45 minute halves.

Saturday Scores

Bethlehem Steel 6, Fleisher Yarn 2.
Boston F. C. 2, Indiana Flooring 0.
J & P Coats 4, Newark F. C. 1
Sunday Scores

Indiana Flooring 1, Brooklyn 0
Newark F. C. 1, N. Y. Giants 0.
Providence F. C. 3, Philadelphia F. C. 0.

With Fall River idle over the weekend, the Bethlehem Steel F. C., by defeating Fleisher Yarn on Saturday afternoon, went into first place in the American Soccer League race. The Steel Workers are now leading the circuit by a margin of one point with, however, one more game played than Fall River. Other than this switch of positions, there were no drastic changes in the club standing over the weekend. Boston F. C., riding in fourth position, will more than likely finish third, a position which Brooklyn holds at present. However, the Hubmen, by virtue of cup games and competition against the Ben Millers, of St. Louis, have been idle in league activities and have played several games less than Brooklyn.

Club Standing.

 

P.

W.

D.

L.

Pts.

Bethlehem

40

28

3

9

59

Fall River

39

24

10

5

58

Brooklyn

41

20

8

13

48

Boston

34

19

6

9

44

Providence

37

16

10

11

42

New Bedford

35

18

6

11

42

Coates

39

18

5

16

41

Indiana Flooring

36

13

6

17

32

Fleisher Yarn

34

11

5

18

27

Phila. F. C.

37

2

6

29

10

Newark F. C.

23

4

1

27

9


1924-1925
Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club