The largest soccer crowd in New England history saw quite an exhibition as Pele and his Santos teammates easily whipped the Beacons Monday night, 7-1, at Fenway Park.
Pele scores a goal to put his team ahead, and had an assist.
The Brazilians were everything they were built up to be, and had no trouble toying with the outclassed Beacons, who put up a good effort in the first half before being completely overwhelmed.
The crowd of 18,431 was the largest ever to see a soccer game in this area, and the score was by far the largest run up by Santos, twice World Cup champions, in their American tour.
They have won seven straight.
The Beacons started out like they might pull a stunning upset, outplaying the Brazilians for the first 15 minutes. They grabbed a 1-0 lead when inside left Lloyd McLean found himself all alone in front of goalie Gilmar, dribbled around him and put the ball in the open net at the 24:30 mark of the first half.
Eight and a half minutes later Amaury dribbled down the right wing, used about 10 head and body fakes to bewilder Beacon fullback John Milner, and fired in front of the goal where Poninho deflected it past goalie Walk Tarnawsky.
Santos broke the tie at the 35 minutes mark when Pele stole the ball form halfback George Murgosa, dribbled to a position 30 feet in front of Tarnawsky and fired a partially screened shot off the goaltender’s left shoulder into the cage.
Tarnawsky played brilliantly in the first half stopping Pele four times on tough shots. The Beacons fullbacks kept the Santos forwards from penetrating for good scoring opportunities.
Unfortunately the second half was a joke. Both teams played like they wanted to get out for a good night on the town, and when the Brazilians got serious they took advantage of the Beacons’ mistakes.
Mongaluio at 1:30, Maria at 21:00, Toninho at 22:00, Eliesa at 34:00 and Douglas at the 39:00 mark, all fired goals past goalie Jorgen Henrikson.
Toninho’s goal, his second of the night, came on a beautiful pass from Pele.
Pele received cheer after cheer from the curious crowd that had heard and read about his mystique, and although he only scored one goal he proved to be one of the most exciting athletes anyone has seen in this area.