The Globe -- Bethlehem
December 18, 1924
Aside From Seeking Revenge Over Indiana Flooring Local Soccer Team Needs Game

The Bethlehem Steel soccer team has more at stake than victory when they collide with Indiana Flooring on the Steel field, on Saturday afternoon, for let it be recalled that in the only meeting of the two teams this season, played more than two months ago in New York, it was the floormakers and not the steel workers who annexed the two points for that tilt.

The invaders are one of the few teams that set back Bethlehem in its grind for the American Soccer League honors and with this in mind the home clan will be out, determined to avenge that defeat. Indiana Flooring won that game by the score of 2 goals to 1. Since then the Steel Workers have hit their stride and are now located in third place in the league standing, while Indiana Flooring is hovering around sixth or seventh position. The standing of the Indiana club, however, is more or less due to the fact that the New Yorkers have played possibly half a dozen games less than either of the contending teams, and if successful in grabbing the points in the games, that will make their total equal to those already played by rival teams and place them among the leaders.

When these two teams meet on the Steel field on Saturday afternoon for the second meeting of the season, there will be a determined effort by the Steel makers to cancel that previous defeat. And there is every reason to believe they will. The New Yorkers have been in bad shape sine their return from the West over Thanksgiving, their goal-scoring average has fallen to .544, due to defeats by the Fall River, Boston and Coats teams. Up to the time of these defeats, they had been beaten only three times.

Bethlehem, on the other hand, has been going right along, the latest triumph over the Coats at 3-0 last Saturday, stamping the Pennsylvanians as pennant contenders. The Steel makers are now but five points behind the leading Fall River club and only three in back of Boston. They have been defeated only six times in twenty games and have scored 50 goals against 27 by opponents for a mark of .650. This compares very favorably with Fall River's 57 goals against 23 for a mark of .713, and Boston's 42 against 22 for an average of .657. The Steel makers have played on less game than Boston and two less than the leaders also.

The other Pennsylvania game this week will have the New York Giants as guests of the Fleisher Yarn F. C. in Philadelphia . This will be the second meeting of the elevens. The Giants were defeated the first time they met in New York, Nov. 2, by a 4-2 tally. The teams are almost even in goal-scoring ability, the Fleishers having .452 against .450. and four points separate them in the standings.

Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club