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Making Strides: Steel City FC women outlast nemesis FC Buffalo, 2-1, to remain unbeaten in UWS league play

Photo courtesy Jared Todhunter

Before a lively crowd, Steel City FC women’s side defeated FC Buffalo, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon at Founders Field to remain unbeaten in UWS league play through three matches.  

Following a scoreless first half, Steel City outlasted the visitors from Western New York, with goals from Audrey Bianco (Hampton/CMU) and Morgan Kost (Trinity Christian/West Liberty).  

Bianco converted a penalty kick, then it was Kost, who played with the club’s academy for a number of years, and is now in her third year with the club, who scored the game-winner in the second half, with help from an assist from Kaitlyn Killinger (Plum/Pitt).  Splitting duties between the pipes, Peyton O’Malley (Bowling Green/Chartiers Valley) played the first half , making four saves while Sofia DeCerb (Latrobe/James Madison) the second with a pair of saves.  

“I was super excited to score against Buffalo. The environment was awesome and I’m super grateful for the support from the crowd,” Kost said.

“I think the size of the crowd and the win at home against a team like Buffalo shows how far this team has come and how much we have to offer in the future.”

Steel City improve to 2-0-1, good for five points, as they finally turned the corner in beating a FC Buffalo side that won both matches last season.  

“To finally best FC Buffalo shows the distance we have come as a group,” Head Coach Tom Ovenden said after the match. 

“We have a great balance of experience and academy support and we are starting to see the fruits of the foundation we have been building the last five years.”  

Next up for Steel City will be another home match at Founders Field, as they look to remain unbeaten when they host Flower City Union, on Sunday, June 16, at 5 p.m.  


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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