The Globe -- South Bethlehem
Monday, September 24, 1917
The American Champions Down Quakers in Opening Soccer Game, 2 Goals to 1.

On Saturday last on the New Athletic Field, Bethlehem Steel opened the local soccer season with a victory defeating the strong Veteran F. C. by the score of 2 to 1. The day was too warm for soccer. Bethlehem pressed hard from the start and the visitor's goalkeeper was often called upon to save his team which he did in an excellent manner. The Bethlehem forwards resorted to the close passing game which proved to be effective, the visiting half backs falling back to help the defense at critical moments. Hardy the new player for the Steel Workers gave a good account of himself. Being clear through on one occasion he was tripped up within the penalty line. Fleming failed to convert the penalty driving the ball straight at the goalkeeper but rushing in scored on the rebound, the second goal was the result of an excellent cross from McKelvey which Hardy placed beyond Ackrod's reach. The visitors goal was obtained from a well placed corner. Duncan cleared, but McGee, the visitor's half back blocked the clearance and drove the ball into the net. Campbell of the Steel Workers, at center half, was easily the best player on the field.

The lineup:

Veteran F. C. -- Bethlehem
Ackrod -- G-- Duncan
Mountney -- RFB - -Fletcher
J. Campbell -- LFB -- Ferguson
McDonough -- RHB -- Murray
Taylor -- CHB -- Campbell
McGee -- LHB -- Kirkpatrick
Johnson -- OR -- McKelvey
Hemingway -- IR -- Pepper
Burgin -- C -- Easton
Watson -- IL -- Hardy
Whitney -- OL -- Fleming
Goals -- Fleming, Hardy, McGee. Time of halves -- 45 minutes. Linesmen -- Burnett, for Bethlehem; Culley for Veterans. Referee -- J. Walters.

Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club