Springdale girls soccer team secures playoff victory
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Once again Saturday afternoon, it was Springdale's time to shine in the WPIAL girls soccer playoffs.
The No. 9-seeded Dynamos won an opening-round playoff game for the sixth consecutive season, turning back No. 8 Charleroi, 1-0, in Class A first-round action at Gateway High School's Antimarino Stadium.
Springdale senior and Cleveland State recruit Marissa Sarsfield scored the only goal of the contest with 28:12 remaining in the second half.
The victory puts the Dynamos (9-10) into the quarterfinal round Wednesday against No. 1 Greensburg Central Catholic (16-1) at a site and time to be determined.
A perfect pass from junior Amanda Kuba to Sarsfield in the center of the goal area set up the decisive score.
“The sequence for the goal was fantastic,” Springdale coach Jerry Concannon said.
“We started in the back, played it into a center midfielder, played it wide to an outside defender, played it into a striker, played it into an outside midfielder, who served it to another midfielder, who scored.”
The goal was scored against goalkeeper Marissa Hansen, who came into Saturday's action with nine shutouts this season for Charleroi (9-8-2).
“I can't say enough about Marissa (Hansen),” Charleroi coach Jim Rue said. “She's a hard worker. She's worked hard all four years, and she gives her utmost.”
Meanwhile, Springdale controlled play much of the match, allowing Charleroi just one shot on freshman goalkeeper Stephanie Manning.
“It looked pretty good that way,” Concannon said of his team's defense. “I thought we controlled the tempo of the game for the most part.
“Charleroi changed the tempo over the last six or eight minutes, but we were able to stay organized and keep them out.”
Springdale applied constant pressure on Charleroi, particularly in the first half.
Early on, Brittany Smajda broke away on the right wing and passed to Melissa Kokoski, whose shot was juggled briefly by Hansen before the ball was cleared.
Springdale tried to keep the momentum, but a corner kick by Samantha Terry hit the side of the goal.
Later, Casey Hughes passed to Emma Whelan, who was bearing down on the goalkeeper, but Hansen managed to surround the ball in the goal box.
“We knew they were going to be tough, so we just tried to stay organized, and in those moments of concentration keep your focus, and that was the difference,” Concannon said. “We really had a good chance to get a couple of goals in the first half. It was unfortunate.”
“I was quite aware of Springdale's reputation, and their success over the years,” Rue said. “We're slowly building, but I know the school and the type of record they have over the years. But I thought we represented our district very well.”
Soon after the Springdale goal, Charleroi's Joyce Addis managed a shot off Dynamos goalkeeper Manning's shin, as Manning was trying to clear the goal area.
“We had some opportunities in the second half when I thought our play was much better,” Rue said.
In Section 4-A play, GCC beat Springdale twice by scores of 3-1 and 2-1. Last year, Springdale lost to GCC, 3-1, in the WPIAL finals, but avenged that loss with a 2-0 victory in the PIAA semifinals.
Springdale eventually took runner-up honors in the state.
Springdale has made the WPIAL finals four of the last five seasons.
It was the third straight season in which Charleroi was ousted in the first round.
George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Girls soccer preview: Seneca Valley seniors working together to challenge for 3rd straight WPIAL title
- Boys soccer preview: After winning back-to-back WPIAL titles, Peters Township boys hoping to evolve with younger lineup
- Girls soccer preview: In addition to 59-goal scorer Cartwright, WPIAL champion GCC to feature more variety on offense
- Late start isn’t worrying Ringgold girls soccer coach
- New coach instills fresh attitude in young Penn Hills soccer team
- Senior leaders take reins for Quaker Valley girls soccer
- Sewickley Academy girls chasing return to postseason
- Cupboard’s not bare for Monessen boys