The Bethlehem Steel F. C. is climbing in the American Soccer League standing. A healthy goal-scoring average of .633, just seven points less than that of the leading Boston F. C. means something in a league where only five points separate the leader and the top club in the second division.
When the officials of the American Soccer League scheduled the Bethlehem eleven and the Brooklyn F. C. at Bethlehem on Saturday, November 15, and Sunday, November 16, at Brooklyn, N. Y. , they put on contests that involve possession of third and fourth place in the American loop. Bethlehem holds third place with a one-point advantage over Brooklyn which crashed down from a higher position by losing last Saturday.
Brooklyn's players are inflamed over the setbacks and are eager to get back into their once higher position at the expense of Bethlehem which will lead the City of Churches' players by five points, if the latter are defeated by them.
Bethlehem's speed and accuracy was attested last week when they took the New Bedford F. C. into camp by a 4-2 score in a game in which t here was never any doubt as to the superiority of the Pennsylvanians. Rallying around Archie Stark, Bethlehem has become a mighty dangerous club for the leaders to trifle with. Their star is deadly with his toe and ranks with Brittan of Fall River and Stevens of Boston as a goal scorer. Brooklyn boasts of a wonderful scorer in the nineteen-year-old J. Nelson whose toe has taken a little rest after a mighty lively start. Brooklyn may have been beaten by Boston and Indiana in successive days -- any other eleven in the league is liable to that fate -- but it is no easy task Bethlehem has in front of her to make it four straight defeats for the Brooklynites.
While Bethlehem is battling with Brooklyn, the Philadelphia F. C. will be fighting it out with the J & P Coats F. C. at Philadelphia. The Coats are tied for fourth place with the Brooklyn F. C. The Coast eleven triumphed over the Philadelphians at Pawtucket last Saturday by the scant 1-0 score and the New Englanders return to the Quaker City Saturday with the idea of increasing their lead at the expense of the Quakers. The 5-0 defeat suffered at the hands of Fall River does not mean much because the machine-like scoring ability of the Fall River men is liable to bowl over any eleven in the league when it gets into its swing.
Following is the league schedule:
At Philadelphia: Philadelphia vs. Pawtucket. Referee, Walder.
At Providence: Providence vs. Indiana Flooring. Referee, A. Hart.
At. New Bedford: New Bedford vs. Boston. Referee, A. Crowthers.
At Bethlehem: Bethlehem F. C. vs. Brooklyn. Referee, Kerr.
At New York: Giants vs. Pawtucket. Referee, Stott.
At Brooklyn: Brooklyn vs. Bethlehem F. C. Referee, McCabe.
At Tiverton: Fall River vs. Indiana. Referee, Morse.
Kickoff in all games, 3 p.m.
With a total of eighteen goals, two more than Harold Brittan, of Fall River, the nearest competitor, Archie Stark, the Bethlehem Steel center forward, leads in the individual scoring honors in the American Soccer League. The eleven leading scorers follows:
Stark, Bethlehem, 18; Brittan, Fall River, 16; Stevens, Boston, 15; J. Best, Providence, 15; J. Nelson, Brooklyn, 10; Stradan, Fleisher Yarn, 9; Drummond, Coats, 8; Carlson, Indian, 8; Hogg, Brooklyn, 6; McGowan, Fall River, 6; Fleming, Boston, 6.