The Globe -- Bethlehem
Monday, August 29, 1927
New Men in Local Lineup Impress in Brace of Games in Brooklyn

Displaying a marked superiority in both contests, the Bethlehem Steel soccer team, American Soccer League champions, traveled at mid-season pace to vanquish the Brooklyn Wanderers in a twin bill over the weekend. Each game was played under adverse weather conditions, but in spite of the going, the Steelmen were quite at home in the rain and a muddy pitch. On Saturday, Bethlehem defeated the Wanderers by the score of 3 to 2 and came back on Sunday to give Nat Agar's much touted booters a severe 5 to 0 trouncing.

Taking advantage of the exhibition affairs, the Bethlehem management tried all of its new players in these two games. The newcomers were intermingled in the lineup with the veterans remaining and although probably lacking familiarity with the locals' style, acquitted themselves impressively.

Despite the two days of steady rain, the Brooklyn Wanderers and the Bethlehem Steel soccer teams turned out Sunday for the return game of their weekend series at Hawthorne Field in Brooklyn. As on Saturday, when they won 3 to 2, the Steelworkers were victorious. This time the play was much more one-sided, Bethlehem winning by 5 to 0.

The American League champions, therefore, gained the verdict in this encounter by a total of 8 to 3. The ground, which was playable on Saturday, had changed for the worse overnight and the hard going was entirely too much for the Wanderers. The visitors, equally handicapped, displayed remarkable speed and staying power and were faster on the ball throughout.

At half time, Bethlehem was leading by 3 to 0. A crowd of 1,500 enthusiasts, most of them armed with umbrellas, attended.

Five minutes from the start, McConnell, Bethlehem's new center forward, eased his way between the opposing backs and passed to Goldie on the left. Goldie's well-timed shot yielded the first tally. It was nip-and-tuck for the next quarter of an hour, with not a clean uniform in sight.

Bethlehem's second goal came when Goldie picked the ball out of a mix-up and crossed to O'Neill, who beat Fischer to the net. Close to half time, O'Neill let loose a terrific drive which Fischer barely managed to clear. Goldie jumped in and made it 3-0 in favor of the champions.

McConnell shot the fourth goal in the scrimmage, fifteen minutes after the restart, and the same player accounted for the fifth tally ten minutes from the end.

Brooklyn -- Bethlehem
Fischer -- G -- Geudert
Gross -- RFB -- McMeekin
McMillan -- LFB -- Allan
Robertson -- RHB -- Reid
Drucker -- CHB -- Carnihan
Kelly -- LHB -- Robertson
Adair -- OR -- Jaap
Curtis -- IR -- O'Neil
Nelson -- CF -- McConnell
Eisenhoffer -- IL -- Granger
Yule -- OL -- Goldie
Referee: T. Cunningham. Linesmen, Smith and Cohen. Goals: Goldie 2, O'Neil, McConnell 2. Substitutions: Beuckley for Nelson. Time of halves: 45 minutes.

Take Saturday Tilt

In the opening game on Saturday, the Steelmen nosed out a 3 to 2 victory.

The Wanderers took the lead after fifteen minutes' play when Adair broke through and slipped the ball past Geudert, but Bethlehem came right back and set up a determined attack which resulted in Johnny Jaap equalizing the score. Brooklyn missed a fine chance of taking the lead when Adair failed to convert a penalty awarded against Jock Ferguson for handling the ball.

Soon after resuming play McConnell put Bethlehem in the lead, but the Wanderers were not long in evening up the score. Yule doing the trick.

Both teams now battled hard to get in front. Nelson got clean through and with only Geudert to beat looked certain to score, but the goalkeeper flung himself full length at the ball and saved the day.

Ten minutes from the end, Jaap broke through and scored the winning goal.

Brooklyn -- Bethlehem
Fischer -- G -- Geudert
Grosz - -RFB - -McMeekin
McMillan -- LFB -- Ferguson
Robertson -- RHB -- Rollo
Drucker -- CHB -- Reid
[...] -- LHB -- Robertson
Adair -- OR -- Jaap
Lyell -- IR -- O'Neill
Nelson - -CF -- McConnell
Eisenhoffer -- IL -- Brady
Yule -- OL -- Goldie
Referee: Cunningham. Linesmen: B. Terris and B. Sonneblick. Goals: McConnell, Jaap 2, Adair and Yule. Time of halves, 45 minutes.

Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club