Brashear soccer coach pulls team off field, forfeits to Canon-McMillan
A dispute over officiating and sportsmanship prompted Brashear boys soccer coach Abby Phillips to yank her team off the field 14 minutes, 27 seconds into Tuesday's Section 5-AAA contest at Canon-McMillan.
The Big Macs led, 4-0, at the time.
Phillips claimed the officiating crew “did not know the rules of soccer” and said, “We just had enough disrespect from the referees.”
At least three yellow cards were given to Brashear, including one on Phillips for her players wearing jewelry.
While insisting she was carrying out the wishes of the players and their parents, Phillips also cited, “the mockery, the disrespect, the things coming out of the Canon-Mac players' mouths directed at my players,” as reasons for the forfeit.
Canon-McMillan coach Larry Fingers denied such claims, and Big Macs athletic director Guy Montecalvo expressed frustration at Brashear storming off.
“We pay a lot of people,” Big Macs athletic director Guy Montecalvo said. “We pay a couple hundred dollars for the ambulance. Several hundred dollars for two police officers there for all of our boys games. All of my workers. To play 14 and a half minutes of play … concession stand people don't make the money they anticipated. It was frustrating. And the kids are denied the opportunity to compete.”
Montecalvo reported the incident to WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley Tuesday evening. He said he spoke with the officials' assigner and members of the crew would filing reports.
Phillips said she notified Pittsburgh City League athletic director Mike Gavlik.
Jason Mackey is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @Mackey_Trib.
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