Bethlehem opened the National Soccer League season on the new Bethlehem Steel Company athletic field on Elizabeth Avenue this afternoon by decisively defeating the Jersey City F. C., 10 to 0. At no time in the game did the visitors show to any dangerous advantage over the locals and the crowd of 500 fans were kept busy warming up with applause as the many goals for the locals were scored.
On the restart Bethlehem started another offensive which all five forwards participated in ending in Easton's scoring the second goal. Three m9inutes later, on the some fine footwork by the Bethlehem front rank, Easton again scored, making Bethlehem's total three goals.
At this stage of the game Jersey City braced and the play was more in Bethlehem's territory but it was short lived. In the attack near the Jersey City goal, left fullback Genhour, for Jersey City, handled the ball with his hands, for which Walders gave Bethlehem a penalty. Ratican was entrusted with the kick and made good, scoring a goal.
Bethlehem continued showing wonderful teamwork. Duncan, who up to this time had not handled the ball, in the breakaway was given his first test in a shot by Shanholt, the Columbia University star. With but five minutes to go, Ratican scored a good cross shot, making Bethlehem's sixth goal.
At this stage of the game Jersey City looked like a badly defeated team, Referee Walders blowing his whistle in front of Jersey City's goal.
End of first half: Bethlehem 6, Jersey City 0.
Bethlehem Steel -- Jersey City
Duncan -- G -- Rynemen
Fletcher -- RFB -- Settles
Ferguson -- LFB -- Gedettos
Kirkpatrick -- RHB -- Best
Campbell -- CHB -- Brett
Murray -- LHB -- Nichols
McKelvey -- OR -- Genhour
Pepper -- IR -- Ford
Ratican -- CFB -- Brown
Easton -- IL -- Hefferman
Chadwick -- OL -- Stanhope
Goals: Ratican, 4; Easton, 4; McKelvey, 1; Pepper, 1. Referee -- James Walders of Philadelphia. Time of halves - -45 minutes.