by F. S. Nonnemacher
That the management of the Bethlehem Steel soccer team means business and has been busy scouting new talent to strengthen the club for the American Soccer League race which officially opens in Bethlehem with the Philadelphia F. C. next Saturday, was readily apparent to the soccer fans who journeyed to the Bethlehem Steel field on Saturday afternoon.
In the lineup for the practice game, recruited from among the regulars, were a half dozen or more new men, all here seeking a trial for a permanent berth with the club. And of this number no less than three or four performed impressive enough to at least warrant serious consideration.
Among this sprinkling of new acquisitions was Joe Morrison, a local athlete developed in soccer on the Bethlehem sand lots and who has acquired the experience that ranks him with a good many of the forwards doing duty in the American League. Morrison created a very favorable impression with the management and the fans who witnessed the practice tilt and if he accepts will probably be retained with the club.
Other promising new acquisitions were Archie Stark, Renfew and a youngster, Rochl, who most likely will be seen in Bethlehem togs in future games. This trio, all forwards, played splendidly.
Roehl is probably the youngest member of the trio. He is twenty-one years of age, 5 feet 7 1/4 inches in height and weighs about 150 pounds. He is a native of Germany where he played extensively and in spite of the fact that he was not in condition gave a very clever display. Roehl has been a resident of Bethlehem for a year or more and is employed in the shipping department of the Silvex Co.
Although arranged as a practice game the two forty-five minute periods were waged with a spirit and keenness of a regular contest. Perhaps the Steel regulars who were assured their berths held in check a bit but the newcomers gave all they could in demonstrating their ability. Two teams were selected, each with a flock of regular Steel Workers as a nucleus, and known as the White and Blue elevens. The White's register a victory by the score of 5 to 2.
All the goals of the whites were scored by the new players. Morrison and Stark counting two each while Roehl registered the fifth. For the Blues it was Graham, a newcomer to the Bethlehem ranks, who counted the two tallies for his team.
The first half was more evenly waged for when the teams turned around the Whites were leading by the score of 2 to 1. However, in the second half the forwards for the Whites seemed to work with a better understanding and counted three more goals while one tally was the best the Blues could do.
The scrimmage put the teams in fine fettle for the league game here against Philadelphia F. C. next Saturday afternoon. The lineup:
Whites -- Blues
Highfield -- G -- Carson
McQuade -- RFB -- Young
D. Ferguson -- LFB -- J. Ferguson
McFarland -- RHB -- Raisbeck
Carnihan -- CHB -- McGregor
Robertson -- LHB -- Terris
Turner -- OR -- Purden
Roehl -- IR -- Grainger
A. Stark -- CF -- Renfrew
Maxwell -- IL -- Gist
J. Morrison -- OL -- Goldie
Goals -- J. Morrison 2; Stark 2; Roehl, Graham 2. Referee: Horace Williams. Time of halves, 45 minutes.