Steel City Romps to Debut Win in WPSL

Written by Ian Thomson

PITTSBURGH (May 23, 2015) — Steel City F.C. turned its inaugural game into a rout Saturday with a 4-0 crushing of Tkaronto Justice at The Ellis School to open its Women’s Premier Soccer League campaign.

Former University of Pittsburgh forward Ashley Cuba notched two second-half goals to cap a fine individual and team performance watched by about 200 fans at The Ellis School in Shadyside.

Katie Hohmann grabbed the first goal in Steel City F.C. history after seven minutes before Duquesne forward Amy Vinopal doubled the lead eight minutes before the interval.

The two teams meet again this Saturday in Niagara Falls, New York. Kickoff is at 3 p.m.

Ashley Cuba led Steel City's offense with two goals against Tkaronto Justice (Photo: Ian Thomson).
Ashley Cuba led Steel City’s offense with two goals against Tkaronto Justice (Photo: Ian Thomson).

Cuba’s eye for goal was apparent in the opening minutes. The Poland, Ohio native created the opening goal after dribbling into space on the right side of Tkaronto’s penalty area. Visiting goalkeeper Richele Greenwood saved Cuba’s effort before Hohmann converted the rebound from close range.

Erin Hogan formed an instantly threatening partnership with Cuba on the right of Steel City’s attack. The duo continually found space against Tkaronto’s 3-man defense.

The Justice fared little better on the other flank after Vinopal’s early introduction as a substitute. The 21-year-old forward got behind Tkaronto’s defense on 37 minutes before dragging a left-foot shot inches beyond the far post.

Vinopal’s right foot was more trustworthy two minutes later after she skipped inside from the left of the 18-yard box before dispatching a crisp shot inside Greenwood’s right post.

Tkaronto’s one chance to gain a foothold in the game was extinguished two minutes after the interval. Steel City goalkeeper Laura Saussol made a massive stop in a one-vs-one situation to preserve her side’s two-goal cushion.

The contest was effectively over 15 minutes later when Cuba picked up a loose ball 20 yards out after Tkaronto’s defense failed to clear a corner kick. Cuba sidestepped a Justice defender before firing a left-foot shot beyond Greenwood’s despairing dive.

Danya Fenech should have added a fourth goal on 67 minutes after she started a counter-attack by intercepting the ball in midfield. Three Steel City players were involved in a rapid exchange of passes that resulted in the Duquesne midfielder striding clear into the penalty box. Fenech sliced her shot high and wide of target.

Cuba completed the scoring with a dose of good fortune on 73 minutes. Her tame shot trundled through Greenwood’s grasp before nestling in the goalkeeper’s bottom corner.

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