by Tom Jenkins
Displaying an attack in the second period that literally swept their opponents before them, the Bethlehem F. C. soccer team defeated the strong Fall River American Soccer League leaders on the Steel field Saturday, 2-1.
Kept on the defense almost entirely in the first forty-five minutes of hostilities, the Steel booters took the field in the second period with a renewed determination that began to reap the laurels of victory one minute later, when Grainger, on one of the most cleverly executed plays seen on the steel field, crashed the ball into the net after Kerr had dropped an attempted cross shot by Maxwell.
From then on Bethlehem completely outclass the Fall River aggregation with their fast play. In the first half spectacular saves by Highfield prevented the New Englanders from registering a score. Four times Brittan and his team mates, through clever footwork dribbled the ball close to Bethlehem's goal and then, when within shooting distance, crashed the ball goalward, but Highfield was not to be licked and successfully frustrated all their attempts. Only in the closing minutes of the game did Fall River again threaten, but here the forwards were hurried in their shots, and most of them went wide of the goal.
After Bethlehem had scored its first goal in the second half, Fall River fought hard to tie the count and in the heated conflict resorted to many rough tactics that brought frequent penalties from Referee Young to both teams, some of which did not wholly meet with the approval of the 500 enthusiasts attending the game who continually gave vent tot their dissatisfaction with rounds of hisses. Bethlehem was not to be stopped by the infractions, however, and continued its whirlwind offensive that subsequently brought the second count and victory.
That combination, Goldie to Stark, was working in Saturday's game and with the aid of their teammates executed some clever dribbling that gave Fall River's defensive backs plenty of trouble. In this they were greatly assisted by Roberts, right halfback, who time and again outguessed his man with his unerring footwork in brining the ball down the field. And then when within shooting distance he crashed the ball goalward, but the alert Kerr each time made a successful save. On one occasion he missed a pretty attempt by inches, that if it had found the goal would undoubtedly have scored for the shot caught Kerr napping.
In conclusion it might be said that the Steel booters' exhibition Saturday had every indication of a great improvement in form over that shown in the New Bedford game and the team appears to have hit some if not all of that co-ordination work that has marked former Bethlehem F. C. soccer aggregations.