The Globe-Times -- Bethlehem
April 21, 1927
Vienna Stars Hold Champions on Lehigh Field -- Bethlehem Best of Form

An exposition of American and European soccer, in which the national representatives excelled, was witnessed in Taylor Stadium, Lehigh University, by close to five thousand fans on Wednesday afternoon when Bethlehem Steel, United States title holder and the Hakoah All-Jewish eleven of Vienna, waged ninety torrid minutes of battle to a scoreless draw.

Defense Brilliant

That neither team punctured the net in the brilliant game might well be attributed to the strong defense of both teams and the many opportunities of Bethlehem to score when goals seemed inevitable but were lost when the sphere shot harmlessly by.

The National champions outclassed their famous visitors in every department and from the opening minutes to the final blast of the referee's whistle, were doing the bulk of the attacking. In spite of the aggressive and determined pressure the Hakoah eleven ably assisted by the sensational work of Fabian in goal frustrated every Bethlehem attempt to score.

A holiday crowd turned out and while conditions were ideal for the spectators they were severely trying for the players. Playing under a mid-summer sun, the fast pace carried by both teams was evident in the closing minutes of play by the seemingly exhausted condition of more than one of the twenty-two participants.

The game was hard fought, but with no ill-will. There were many collisions and spills and a few minor injuries brought about by the determined effort to gain possession of the ball. But with all, the conduct of both teams was exclusively that of clean sportsmanship. Robertson, who played a good game for Bethlehem at outside left, was forced to retire and Forrest shifted to the wing from an inside berth, while Rankin replaced the latter. In the second half Kestler, the invaders' center forward, retired because of an injured leg. While the injury was not serious his withdrawal was a precaution against more serious results.

The Hakoahs were first to enter the stadium and were given a rousing welcome by the big gathering. Next came the National champions in natty new uniforms of white with blue stocking. The accustomed formality of exchanging flags too place, presented by the captains of both teams and the deck cleared for the game. Bethlehem lost the toss and the Hakoahs played with the sun to their back. There was no wind to give advantage to either team.

Bethlehem lined up minus the services of Archie Stark, goal-scoring forward, who is thoroughly recovered from an injured leg and is being nursed for the National final against Fall River on Sunday afternoon. Robert MacGregor, veteran left halfback, was also among the missing, but in playing Reid in the substitute role, the Steelmen uncovered another star. Reid was a perfect fit with the celebrated combination of Carnihan and McDonald.

For the opening game of the second American tour, the famous Hakoah acquitted themselves capably. Perhaps not quite acclimated to American conditions, the Hakoah eleven, nevertheless gave every promise of making it extremely interesting for the opponents they face on the tour. Against Bethlehem, Hakoah faced the supreme test and came through unscathed.

In flashes, the visitors displayed the brand of soccer they are capable of. Their defense comprising players light in weight made up for this disadvantage in speed and were the strongest asset of the club. The forwards seemed weak in finishing, although more than once they initiated movements of pretty and clever passing which carried the ball into Bethlehem territory. The weak showing of the front line performers might well be attributed to the splendid defense of Bethlehem's halfback line aided by the dashing play of Barrie and Eadie the backs. Carnihan, especially, was in fine fettle, holding Kestler, the highly-touted goal-scoring Hakoah center forward safe at all times. The visitors' inside men, as well as the wingmen, were hardly more effective. Edwards' contributions to Bethlehem defense was of trivial nature simply because the ball seldom reached him and he was seldom called upon to handle.

Fabian Saves Many.

Bethlehem's inability to score was not alone due to the great defensive tactics of the Hakoahs, but equally as often to inaccuracy of shots. The entire Bethlehem forward line were involved in the sharp shooting, raining the goalie with a barrage of shots and those which went true were sensationally handled by Fabian in a tight place when he miskicked and Gillespie broke through with no one but the goalie to beat, but Fabian handled his shot perfectly. There was no organization to the Hakoah defense at this time and in the steady pressure that Bethlehem executed, Fabian handled a barrage of shots from Robertson, Jaap and Gillespie.

Then the Hakoahs flashed a bit of form and lost probably their best opportunity to score when Kestler with no one to beat but Edwards, shot diagonally past the goal mouth. Confining their movement to the center the Hakoahs with a series of headers advanced the ball toward Bethlehem's goal. Katz's pass was perfect, but Kestler missed.

Bethlehem again broke away but the effort was unproductive when Scheur and Gold cleared on shots from Robertson and Forrest. An instant later Gillespie filtered through and after beating Scheur lost an excellent opportunity to tally by shooting by.

Most of the play was in the Hakoah sector, with the invaders on the defense. Hardly more than on four occasions did the visitors penetrate deep into Bethlehem territory. On the second of these, Kestler missed when instead of a first time drive he maneuvered long enough to let Barrie clear. On another Katz, a speed outside right shot by with no one to beat but Edwards. The closest escape for the Hakoahs in this half came in the final minute, when a header off Robertson struck the cross bar and rebounded into the field.

The second half was practically a repetition of the first, only that Bethlehem seemed to have even more of the play, with Feldman, the Jewish left fullback, and Fabian, the goalie, giving a great exhibition of defensive work.

With the kickoff at the restart, the visitors flashed and a torrid scrimmage ensued in front of the Bethlehem net. Hess' drive was blocked by the body of Capt. Carnihan, who fell in his effort to clear. However, the ball bobbed dangerously close and Wartmann made a feeble attempt to score. Finally the attack was relieved when from scrimmage the ball was kicked out. A short time later Fabian made a marvelous save on a header from Gillespie and another sensational stop on a rifle shot from Forrest.

Both Work Hard to Score

With the minutes fast waning, both teams made a determined effort to score the goal that would bring victory. In the Bethlehem attack Forrest, who replaced Robertson at outside left fairly peppered the citadel with his drives, one of which seemingly had Fabian beaten only to strike the upright. Another Forrest drive skimmed the cross bar in sailing by.

The visitors seemed to concentrate their attack on short passing movements down the center, a great mistake with Captain Carnihan on his game. Time and again it was Carnihan who swing the tide into Hakoah territory and against the brilliant playing of the Bethlehem captain Kestler seemed lost. Both Reid and McDonald contributed equally to the work of the halfbacks.

Bethlehem's attack was more varied with the wingmen well fed in the distribution of the play. Long passes to the outside forwards alternating frequently, served the purpose of scattering the Hakoah defense. These long sweeping passes to the outside wings were usually followed by beautiful centers, not nay of which , however, were productive.

While the scoreless draw does not provide numerals to describe a comparatively superiority, nevertheless the number of corners conceded presents the evidence. Corners are as a rule conceded under the stress of a torrid attack. Sometimes they are accidental, but not often. The Hakoahs were conceded one corner in the entire game and that in the first half. An even half dozen were allotted to Bethlehem.

The Hakoah eleven remained in Bethlehem overnight and left this morning for Philadelphia, where on Sunday they meet an All-Star team selected from players in the National League. After that game the invaders will rest up for a week preparatory to meeting the New York Giants in New York. The lineup:

Bethlehem Steel -- Hakoah
Edwards -- G -- Fabian
Barrie -- RF -- Scheur
Eadie -- LF -- Feldman
Carnihan -- CH -- Fried
McDonald -- RH -- Gold
Reed -- LH -- Barbak
Jaap -- OR -- Katz
Forrest -- IR -- Wartmann
Gillespie -- CF -- Kestler
Rollo -- IL -- Hess
Robertson -- OL -- Fischer
Substitutions: Rankin for Robertson, Marner for Katz, Nicholberger for Kestler. Referee, Oates, Philadelphia; Linesmen, H. Williams and J. H. Carpenter, Bethlehem. Time of halves, 45 minutes.

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