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Pulse of Pittsburgh Soccer (10/4/2023): Reunited on pitch again, Rob Vincent and Kevin Kerr help Tartan Devils Oak Avalon FC keep GPSL dynasty going

While things are furiously busy on many soccer fronts in Pittsburgh, with the Riverhounds, colleges and high school season’s in full swing (see the full schedule below), the highest level amateur men’s league, the Greater Pittsburgh Soccer League (GPSL)’s Premier League Cup Final was played this past weekend at Highmark Stadium, with the venerable Tartan Devils Oak Avalon FC (TDFC) once again taking home the title, by defeating  Appalachia Steel FC, 2-0.

It was a hard-fought match, but in the 50th minute TDFC pulled ahead after former Riverhounds/DC United Rob Vincent was taken down in the box and then converted the ensuing PK.

The Devils doubled the lead in the 70th minute when Sean Tinney (Char Valley / Slippery Rock) hammered home a shot from outside the box into the bottom corner.

Winter Fondi (QV / RMU) kept a clean sheet in goal with some timely saves.

It was another successful title defense for the Tartan Devils, as it was the club’s 8th championship in the nine seasons since starting their team. It’s been a remarkable run, for a squad that now field’s only one player under the age of 30 (average age is an astounding 34).

In addition to Vincent, a very familiar face to Pittsburgh soccer fans, TDFC also convinced Riverhounds’ legend Kevin Kerr to join full time, thus, this season, Kerr and Vincent, who made so much magic together with the Hounds in 2014-2015, were back on the pitch together again.

Ironically, Kerr, a crafty midfielder/attacking player in his years with the Hounds, showed his versatility played center back for us this season, not necessarily a spot the Hounds ever considered him for.

“It was great to get this group together again for another season and win the league. Most of us grew up playing club and high school soccer together 20 years ago, so it’s neat to still be competing together. Since most of the group is married with kids, I’m sure the wives will be happy to have us around to help out a bit more on Sundays now, but I know the guys are already excited at the opportunity to defend the title next season.”

PITTSBURGH SOCCER SCHEDULE (10/4/2023 – 10/10/2023)

Wed Oct 4
WPIAL Girls Section play
Duq M 6:00 PM A Davidson Davidson, NC
Oct 5 (Thu) RMU W 5:30 PM A Oakland Rochester Hills, MI
Pitt W 7:00 PM H Duke Ambrose Urbanic Field
WPIAL Boys Section play
Fri Oct 6 Pitt M 7:00 PM H Va Tech Ambrose Urbanic Field
Sat Oct 7 Duq W 1:00 PM A St. Joseph Philadelphia
RMU M 3:00 PM A Wright State Dayton, OH
HOUNDS 7:30 PM A Tampa Bay Al Lang Stadium, St. Petersburg, FL
Duq M 7:00 PM H G. Mason Rooney Field
WPIAL Non-Section (Boys & Girls)
Sun Oct 8 Pitt W 1:00 PM H Wake Forest Ambrose Urbanic Field
Mon Oct 9
WPIAL Girls Section Play
Tues Oct 10
WPIAL Boys Section play

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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