Globe-Times -- Bethlehem
Monday, November 18, 1929
Steelmen Take Thrilling and Close League Game From Providence Eleven

By the odd goal in three Bethlehem Steel soccer team just nosed out a close victory over Providence last Saturday afternoon at Lehigh Field in a thrilling Atlantic Coast League game. The boys from Rhode Island certainly gave the home team and their supporters a scare. They held the Steelmen without a score during the first half and led them by a goal to nothing fifteen minutes from the final whistle. It was then that those things happened that makes soccer interesting. Gillespie broke away on the right and put the ball across nicely. Archie Stark headed the ball in but the ball was going wide, when Purgavie rushed in and steered the ball into the net with a neat header. Five minutes later Dick headed the second and winning goal. It was Patterson, the burley center forward who scored the Providence tally ten minutes from half-time kick off.

Both teams fielded their best lineup. Bethlehem had their new goaltender, Fraser, from Clyde, Scotland. He put up a good exhibition, especially in the first half when he saved the Bethlehem goal twice from fast ground shots by Fitzpatrick and Patterson that were labeled for the corner of the net. Each time Fraser threw himself full length and steered the ball outside. The goal that beat him was fast high shot that he partly misjudged as the wind veered the ball from his outstretched hands. Kenneway, the visiting custodian, put up a good game and his was partly through his work in the first half when Bethlehem had the wind in their favor that the team crossed over without a score.

Bethlehem, stung by its defeat last Saturday at the hands of New York Nationals, opened the game as if they were going to walk over Providence. Kenneway was called on to save three times from Reid, Stark and Jaap before Providence paid a visit to Fraser, who stopped a shot from Hogg. Then Jaap, Stark and Massie worked the ball down and Jaap missed by a couple of inches, the ball going over the crossbar. At the other end, Dick Patterson got clear from Gibson and Allan and it looked like a certain goal for Patterson, but Carnihan bobbed up from nowhere and blocked the shot. Providence forced two corners that went for naught. Fitzpatrick went down on the right and crossed to Patterson, who sent in a sizzling cross shot that Fraser did well to save, which he did by throwing himself full length at the ball. Bethlehem then tested Kenneway, who just got to a ball headed in by Gillespie and then pushed a shot from Stark over the crossbar.

Providence swarmed all over Bethlehem on crossing over and for fifteen minutes Gibson and Carnihan saved their team by good defensive work. Billy Allan, Bethlehem's left fullback, got hurt, and McGregor played back and Dick came in at outside left, while Massie took McGregor's place. Hogg went down the left and sent the ball to Patterson, about twenty yards out. The Providence center scored with a fast, high shot. The visitors continued to play good soccer and their halves and backs seemed to block every effort of the Bethlehem forwards to get going. Both goalies were called on to save their goal. Fitzpatrick sent in a sizzling shot that brought Fraser to his knees. Bethlehem had a couple of corners but could not turn either to account. Gradually the Bethlehem front line got to working better and Gillespie sent in a couple crosses that Stark and Purgavie net but each shot wide. With about fifteen minutes to go, the ball was rushed to the Providence goal. Bardell kicked away and Willie Reid returned the ball to Stark who headed to Purgavie and the latter headed in the equalizer.

During one of the rushes from the right Gillespie crossed to Dick, who rushed in and headed a pretty goal which turned out to be the winning tally. Stark broke away and with only Kenneway to beat shot over. Fitzpatrick and Dick worked the ball down and Fitzpatrick crossed to Patterson, who let the ball get away from him with only Fraser to beat. Providence tried hard to even the score but could not get by Gibson, who played a strong game at right back.

Bethlehem -- Providence
Fraser -- G -- Kenneway
Gibson - -RFB -- Bardell
Allen -- LFB -- Miller
Reid -- RHB -- Auld
Carnihan -- CHB -- Watson
McGregor -- LHB -- Campbell
Gillespie -- OR -- Fitzpatrick
Massie -- IR -- Dick
Stark -- C -- Patterson
Jaap -- IL -- Hajee
Purgavie -- OL -- Hogg
Referee: Fred Pepper. Goals, Paterson, Purgavie and Dick. Substitutions: Dick for Allen. Time of halves, 45 minutes.

Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club