The Globe – Bethlehem
Monday, December 13, 1926
STEEL SOCCER TEAM HAS 3-GAME LEAD
Champions to Play New Bedford Saturday and Indiana on Sunday
TEAM NOW BADLY CRIPPLED

Saturday Scores
Bethlehem 4; Brooklyn 2.
Philadelphia – Newark postponed
Springfield 2; New Bedford 1.
Coast-Indiana postponed
Boston 2; Providence 1.

Sunday Scores
Newark 3; Brooklyn 2.
Giants 5; Providence 2.
Fall River 4; Indiana 0.

Bethlehem’s soccer team faces another crucial test in the American Soccer League race when next weekend the Steel booters, handicapped by the injury of Archie Stark, will play two games away from home. On Saturday the team will meet the strong New Bedford eleven and on Sunday return to meet Indiana Flooring on the latter’s ground.

Now Has Three-Game Lead

Bethlehem will go away with a three-game lead in the league standing, having successfully protected its advantage by the victory over Brooklyn here on Saturday afternoon. Fall River, the contending club for the honors, played but one game and turned in a victory over Indiana Flooring. As a result the status of the two league leading clubs remains the same.

While Fall River is second in the standing, the Marksmen have the advantage of playing two more games than Bethlehem. In fact, Bethlehem has played less games, with the exception of Coats, than any club in the circuit.

That Stark will not be available for either of the two games next week is certain and it is doubtful if he will return to the lineup for the games the following week. His injury has thus far responded nicely to treatment but the full extent will not be determined pending developments in the next several days.

Granger Also Hurt

The loss of Stark cripples the right inside berth, for Granger, an inside right, is not yet recovered from a torn ligament in his shoulder and will hardly be fit for play this weekend. Fortunately Rollo is again ready to don his togas and will probably relieve Forrest at inside left with the latter shifting to the inside berth on the right side of the line. Gillespie, who played under stress on Saturday, having just recovered from an attack of tonsillitis, is certain to be at center forward. In spite of the injury and the loss of Stark the players quite optimistic and it has been this spirit that has carried the club through to victories in the face of the many crippled. The league standing to date follows:

 

P

W

D

L

Pts.

Pct.

Bethlehem

21

14

4

3

34

.752

Fall River

23

13

4

6

30

.652

Boston

22

11

5

6

27

.614

New Bedford

24

13

3

8

20

.604

Indiana

23

10

4

9

24

.522

Giants

22

9

4

9

22

.500

Brooklyn

22

8

4

10

20

.455

Providence

23

7

6

10

20

.435

Springfield

25

7

7

11

21

.420

Philadelphia

22

6

4

12

16

.364

Newark

23

7

2

14

16

.348

Coats

20

3

7

10

13

.325


1926-1927
Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club