No. 2 Springdale falls to upset-happy Riverside
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Close games are nothing new to Springdale's boys soccer team, but the Dynamos usually are on the winning end.
No. 2 seed Springdale failed to score for just the second time this season, losing to No. 10 Riverside, 1-0, in a WPIAL Class A quarterfinal game Thursday night at North Allegheny's Newman Stadium.
Riverside (14-4-1) also upset No. 7 Bentworth in the first round. It was the eighth time Springdale (13-4) has been involved in a game decided by one goal.
“It was an even game,“ Springdale coach Cesaro Sanchez said. “My comment during the second half was whoever scores first is going to win.”
Riverside will play No. 3 Serra Catholic (15-2-1) in the semifinals on Tuesday.
The match's only goal came off a corner kick with 9:54 to play in the game. The kick was broken up in front of the net and centered to Riverside's Anthony Meniece, who buried the pass from nearly an arm's length from the right post.
“They scored a nice goal,” Sanchez said. “It wasn't a mistake or anything. It was just a set play and the ball came.”
Both teams had long possessions in the second half, but it was Springdale, which beat No. 15 seed OLSH, 1-0, on Monday.
“Sometimes it's your night, and sometimes it's not,” Sanchez said. “Some of the players, especially the forwards, are coming back from injuries, and it's hard to run for 80 minutes at the same speed.”
Both teams had opportunities in the first half to get on the board but couldn't capitalize.
Riverside controlled the action over the first 10 minutes, culminating with a breakaway by Meniece, who was stopped during a collision with Springdale goalie Joey Wysocki.
Wysocki turned away another shot just 45 seconds later. He finished with six saves.
“You could see it was very even on defense, in the middle, with the forwards,” Sanchez said. “Both keepers made tremendous saves in the first half.”
Dave Yohe is a freelance writer.
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