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Steel City 0, FC Pride 4
Opening day in the WPSL saw FC Pride travel to Pittsburgh to face Steel City FC. Although both are seasoned WPSL franchises, today was the first time that the two clubs have faced each other as they were previously in separate conferences.
The opening stages were pretty cagey with both teams trying to get a foothold in the game. However, in the 15th minute, FC Pride won a corner thanks to some nice footwork from Jocelyn Atoa. Riley Henry delivered a well flighted corner that was powered home by Kelsey Yoder to make it 1-0.
6 minutes later, Miyah Watford beat the offside trap and was hauled down on the edge of the penalty box. Riley Henry stepped up and drilled a low free kick around the wall and into the bottom corner to make it 2-0.
After half time FC Pride started to turn up the pressure. With 52 minutes on the clock, Miyah Watford won the ball after it was played short by the Steel City goalkeeper. Watford found Danielle Hayden who was pulled down by the goalkeeper inside the penalty area. Riley Henry stepped up and made no mistake from the spot to make it 3-0.
The game was wrapped up with 30 minutes remaining when Danielle Hayden played a well weighted through ball into the path of of Watford who rounded the goalkeeper and put the ball in an empty net for the visitors 4th of the game.
When asked about the performance, Head Coach Jamie Gilbert said: ‘I thought we were good in spells and we started the second half very well. Overall, it’s a good start to the season, the first game out is always tough especially on the road, so the girls deserve credit for a good win’
Team Captain Cori Cain added ‘I think we all came together well as a team, being our first game this season. I’m proud of the effort we have put in and it’s great to start the season off with a win!’
FC Pride travel to Cincinnati Sirens on June 9th, before the home opener against Columbus Eagles on June 10th at Mount Vernon HS.