Hoping against hope that some of the injured regulars would be available, last minute changes were necessary in the probable lineup of the Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club for the league game against the New York Giants on Lehigh Field, Center Street and Elizabeth Avenue, on Saturday afternoon.
Dave Edwards, who twisted a knee in the Brooklyn game last Saturday, is definitely out of the Giants game and in his stead Geudert, a former New York Giant goalie, will perform between the uprights. Geudert, a steady and consistent goalie will undoubtedly welcome this opportunity of playing against his former teammates, especially so since he was disposed of in favor of Fabian, the Hakoah star.
After the big Thursday practice the lineup was tentatively selected and in the choice of players not any of the three regular backs are included. Allan, Barrie and McMeekin, a trio of strong and speedy backs, are among the missing.
Hugh Reid, former Phillie star, for whom Sam Marks is still angling for his Fall River team, will make his first appearance in a Bethlehem uniform on the home field in two years. Reid, a big strapping Irishman, is an aggressive player and has a good kick. His strong defense work with the Phils greatly accounted for the success of the team in defeating Boston and Fall River.
For the other back position, Whitey McDonald, right halfback, will pair off with Hugh Reid and Willie Reid, a halfback, and also a player secured from the Phillies last season, will be on McDonald’s position with Carnihan and MacGregor the other halfbacks.
Johnny Rollo, general utility ace, of the Bethlehem team, apparently made an impressive showing at outside left against the New York Nationals last Sunday, for Rollo is listed to assume Goldie’s position on the outside wing. Granger will play inside left. Otherwise the forward line will be intact with Gillespie, center forward, Stark, inside right and Jaap, outside right.
With few exceptions the lineup of the Giants will be comprised almost exclusively of former Hakoah players.
Although not scheduled for a league game on Sunday, the champions will go to New York to meet the Giants in an exhibition contest to be played at Starlight Park. This will be the only major soccer game in the Metropolitan district and a big attendance is expected.
The weekend games follow:
The leading goal scorers are: J. Nelson, Brooklyn, 12; A. Keenan, Philadelphia-Fall River, 10; H. Brittan, Fall River, 8; D. Brown, N. Y. Giants, 7; M. Haueseler, N. Y. Giants, 7; J. McConnell, Bethlehem, 7; A. Stevens, New Bedford, 12; R. Blair, Boston, 8; W. Agnew, Providence, 7; T. Florie, Providence, 7; W. Ho[…], Newark, 7; J. White, Fall River, 7.