New York Turns Back Fading Phantoms, 3-1

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

DeLeon Scores Big Hat Trick

NEW YORK, Aug. 6 (AP)—Leroy DeLeon, who hadn't started a game since April 28 and who hadn't scored a goal all season, became a one-man gang here this afternoon as the New York Generals defeated the Pittsburgh Phantoms, 3-1, in a National Professional Soccer League game.

DeLeon scored all three goals, and all in the second half, for his "hat trick."

New York dominated play throughout the game, with an alert defense keeping the Phantoms at bay most of the time. In fact, Geoff Sidebottom, the Generals' goal-keeper, made only two saves all afternoon, one in each half.

The loss dumped the Pittsburgh club into the cellar of the East Division of the NPSL.

DeLeon scored his first goal when the second half was 11 minutes old. He dribbled through the center of the Phantoms' defense and booted an eight-yarder into the right side of the net.

Two minutes later, Julio Alas carried the ball down the sideline, kicked it over to DeLeon and he banged a point-blank shot past Goalie Bertus Hoogerman for what turned out to be the winning goal.

Manfred Rummel, the Phantoms' center-forward, put Pittsburgh on the board when he tool a long pass from Coe Prius, drew Sidebottom out of the nets and just pushed the ball over the goal line. It was his 13th of the season.

Seven minutes later, DeLeon took the ball through the Pittsburgh defense on a 35-yard jaunt and kicked it into the upper righthand corner from 15 yards out.

The Phantoms return to Pittsburgh to meet the Oakland Clippers, NPSL Western Division leaders, in a game at Forbes Field Tuesday night. There will be a pony given away to some lucky youngster.