By Larry Snyder
Pittsburgh, Pa. – Steel City FC (2-4-0) wraps up the 2018 campaign this weekend with a pair of contests. The first is on the road Saturday, July 7 against the Empire Revs (1-6-0) in West Henrietta, New York. The clash between the Ohio Valley Conference opponents in the Women’s Premier Soccer League gets underway at 1:00 p.m.
The Women of Steel are sixth in the nine-team Ohio Valley Conference while the Women of the Empire State tied with the Indy Saints FC for last. The Cleveland Ambassadors clinched first place in the OVC with a 7-0-1 mark, as well as the best record in the East Region, and are playoff bound.
Players performing well for Steel City first-year head coach Tom Ovenden include a pair of goal-scoring forwards, Melanie Renda from Seton Hill University, and Amanda Miller from Fordham University. Former Edinboro University player Jansen Jamison, a forward/midfielder, is among the team leaders in assists.
Jordan Daloisio, who was a forward/midfielder at Clarion University and still plays while serving as the team’s general manager, talked with Rachael McKriger earlier in the season at Pittsburgh Soccer Now about playing for Ovenden. She said, “I think we’re playing really good soccer. It’s fun to watch, it’s fun to play. I think we’re in a really good position going forward.”
Followers of Steel City can appreciate the team in their season finale at home Sunday, July 8 at the Ellis School against the Columbus Eagles FC (4-3-0). The two squads take the pitch at 4:00 p.m. Columbus is in third place in the OVC standings.
From The Clipboard: Steel City hosts a Youth Soccer Clinic Monday and Tuesday, July 9-10 at the Turner Valley Soccer Complex in Irwin, PA. The online player registration is here.