1951 Soccer Bowl

The 2nd Soccer Bowl the second edition of the Soccer Bowl, and a post-season college soccer championship game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Purdue Boilermakers on January 1, 1951, at the Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, Missouri. The match ended in a 3–1 victory with Penn State claiming their second Soccer Bowl, and their 11th claimed national men's soccer championship. The game was used to determine the champion of the 1950 ISFA season, which predated the NCAA as the premier organizing body of collegiate soccer, and represented the concluding game of the season for both teams.

Soccer Bowl
DateJanuary 1, 1951
VenueSportsman's Park[1], St. Louis, Missouri
RefereePaul Garcia
WeatherFair and 47 °F (8 °C)[3]

The match originally was going to feature Penn State playing the South Florida Bulls club soccer team in the final, but the Bulls were unable to make the trip to St. Louis, causing Purdue to serve as an alternate.[4]


Historically, Penn State had been heralded as one of the top college soccer programs in the United States from the late 1920s into the late 1940s. From 1926 until 1950 head coach Bill Jeffrey had the Penn State program accumulate a record of 138–20–24.[5]

Unlike Penn State, Purdue's men's soccer team was not a varsity team sponsored by the university, but a club team sponsored by the Purdue University students. Since at the time the NCAA did not sanction the sport, the ISFA permitted varsity and club teams to compete against each other.[5]

The matchEdit

The match was kicked off at 2:45 p.m. Central Time as part of a triple-header of soccer matches held at Sportsman's Park. The opening matches featured local high school soccer programs in the St. Louis metro area. At noon St. Joseph's Home took on St. Edwards for the C.Y.C. Parochial title. At 1:15 p.m., Kendrick Prep Seminary School took on DeAndreis for the championship game of the Christmas Week High School Tournament.

The weather for the match was fair with temperatures around 47 °F (8 °C) at the time of kick off, dropping to 44 °F (7 °C) by the conclusion of the match. The humidity was around 82% and winds came from the South at 16 miles per hour.[3]

The match was played in four, 22-minute quarters as opposed to 45-minute halves, as at the time it was the standard U.S.S.F.A rules in an attempt to "Americanize" the game. Pete Garcia was the center referee, while Justin Keenoy was an assist referee.[6]


Penn State3–1Purdue
  • Lane   39'
  • Kocher   60' (pen.)
  • Buss   87'
Attendance: 1,673
Referee: Paul Garcia
Penn State
GK 1   Ron Coder
FB 18   Bill Yerkes
FB   Jay Simmons
HB   George Emig
HB   Kurt Klaus
HB   Frank Follmer
QL   Ray Buss
IL   Ron Coleman
C   Joseph Lane
IR   Harry Little
OR   Ed Smith
FB   Jack Kurty
IR   Charlton
IR   Gus Biggott
OL   Ellis Kocher
  Bill Jeffrey
GK   Alessandro Bazo
FB   Gary Quastler
FB   Njord Harsem
FB   Ragnar Haabjoern[7]
FB   Darnell McGhee
FB   Dan Caldera
RM   Arnt Just Garpestad[8]
RCM   Jahangir Hanjani
LCM   Louis Siero
LM   Samuel Smith
FW   Barry Toulonkian[9]
HB   Mark Steinberg
QL   Tony Ragusla

Assistant referee:
Justin Keenoy (United States)

Match rules:

  • 88 minutes.
  • Four 22-minute quarters
  • Unlimited substitutes


The Soccer Bowl championship gave Penn State their second ever Soccer Bowl, and their 11th claimed National championship. Despite the title, the ISFA claimed West Chester the national champions concluding the season given their undefeated 8–0–0 record, in which one of their victories was against Penn State, which drew ire from Penn State and South Florida's programs. Despite this recognition by the ISFA, it is not recognized as a national title by the NCAA, although both South Florida, Penn State, and West Chester declare themselves national champions, which is a claim recognized by the American Soccer History Archives.


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  2. ^ Kerch, Bill (January 2, 1951). "Small Crowd Sees Penn State Win Soccer Bowl Game 3-1". St. Louis Globe-Democrat. St. Louis. p. 16. Archived from the original on October 30, 2019. Retrieved October 30, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ a b "St. Louis, MO Weather History - Jan. 1, 1950". Weather Underground. Retrieved October 30, 2019.
  4. ^ Graham, Bill (December 27, 1950). "College Soccer Bowl Contest Scheduled Again". Brooklyn Eagle. New York City. United Press. p. 18. Archived from the original on October 30, 2019. Retrieved October 30, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ a b "Lions Ready for Soccer Bowl Test". The Pittsburgh Press. Pittsburgh. December 24, 1950. p. 20. Archived from the original on October 30, 2019. Retrieved October 30, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ "Penn State Defeats Purdue In Soccer Bowl". Decatur Daily Review. Associated Press. January 2, 1951. p. 7. Retrieved October 30, 2019.
  7. ^ "EP Proposal 1". scribd.
  8. ^ "Arnt Just Garpestad (1924-2008)". findagrave.com. Retrieved October 30, 2019. He returned to the United States in 1949 to attend Purdue University, and led its soccer team to the Soccer Bowl in 1951. He received his degree in civil engineering from Purdue that same year.
  9. ^ "Barry S. Touloukian (1927-1998)". findagrave.com.

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