The Globe Bethlehem
Wednesday, December 8, 1926
STEEL SOCCER TEAM HARD TO SCORE ON
Champion Team has Had Only 16 Goals Registered Against It This Season
NEW BEDFORD BEST SCORERS

Although the goal scoring of the Bethlehem soccer team is high in the American Soccer League, the statistics of goals scored and those scored against disclose that the defensive strength of the team is outstanding. Reinforced in this department by Dave Edwards, brilliant goalie, the figures reveal that the goal scoring average against the national champions are less than a goal per game with 16 against in the twenty contests played.

Bethlehem will probably have an opportunity of increasing its goal scoring percentage here on Saturday afternoon when Brooklyn comes here for a league game. In a previous contest the Bethlehem forwards were able to penetrate the Brooklyn defense and tally twice. The same is true about Brooklyn, the New Yorkers also scoring two goals in that game which ended in a draw.

Only 16 Against

IN the twenty games played, Bethlehem piled up a total of 53 goals. IN this respect New Bedford tops the list with 67 and the New York Giants second with 61. However, both teams have played more games than Bethlehem. It is the goals scored against the champions which disclosed the strong defense of the team. The total count in this respect is sixteen, a mark that none of the contending clubs is near. Next in line is Boston with 31 goals against.

While Bethlehem lost to Boston last Saturday the defeat did not seriously impair the standing of the team as league leaders. The club is still three games to the good, having lost three less than the nearest competitor and significant is that the draw games are four, the same number as Fall River, now second in the league standing.

The standing of the league follows:

 

P

W

D

L

Pts.

Pct.

For

Against

Bethlehem

20

13

4

3

30

.750

53

16

Fall River

22

12

4

6

28

.636

51

37

New Bedford

23

13

3

7

29

.630

67

40

Boston

21

10

5

6

25

.595

40

31

Indiana Flooring

22

10

4

8

24

.545

41

42

Brooklyn

20

8

4

8

20

.500

40

44

New York Giants

21

8

4

9

20

.476

61

50

Providence

21

7

6

8

20

.476

36

51

Springfield

24

6

7

11

19

.396

41

65

Philadelphia

22

6

4

12

16

.364

45

59

Coats

20

3

7

10

13

.325

22

88

Newark

22

6

2

14

14

.318

28

52

Davy Brown of the New York Giants continues to top the list of individual scorers with a total of 32. Next in line is A. Stevens, of New Bedford. Bethlehem has two players in Archie Stark and Tom Gillespie who are listed with the twelve highest goal scores in the league. These players and the number of goals scored are: D. Brown, New York Giants, 32; A> Stevens, New Bedford, 27; R. Blair, Boston, 18; A. Stark, Bethlehem, 16; J. Nelson, Brooklyn, 16; M. McLeavy, New Bedford, 16; E. McLaine, Providence, 14; W. Paterson, Fall River, 14; T. White, Newark, 13; S. Kennedy, Fall River, 11; T. Gillespie, Bethlehem, 11; J. White, Fall River, 11.


1926-1927
Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club