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Continuing to Grow Together Steel City FC roll to 5-0 win in Hoosier State to remain unbeaten

Steel City FC took the long bus ride to Indiana, but they left the Hoosier State with a satisfying 5-0 triumph over Southern Indiana Guardians in NPSL Great Lakes Conference match on Friday night.

The visitors raced out to a three-goal lead at the half thanks to a pair of goals from Kai McLaughlin (Robert Morris), the first which was assisted by Will Afawubo (Robert Morris) and the second coming on a penalty kick.   Michael Sullivan (Deer Lakes / Pitt) scored in the first half as well.

Sullivan was glad to see his team get out to a strong start after a long trip.

“Was great to get a result on the road with the guys yesterday. A long bus ride like that can definitely be a challenge to keep your legs for the game. Thought the boys did well to get the bus ride out and start the game on the front foot,” Sullivan said after the match.

In the second half, Anders Bordoy (Kiski Area / Memphis) and Nick Graeca (DuBois / John Carroll) added to the scoring.  Ben Feinstein (The Kiski School / Michigan) added the assist on Graeca’s goal.

And, once again, it was a collection of scorers contributing to the effort for Steel CIty, who had seven different goal scorers contribute to two previous wins the previous weekend.

“Having four different goal scorers is always another thing that you love to see in a game like that as well,” Sullivan added.
“We are now seven weeks into the season and I love the direction that the team is headed. We are definitely starting to understand each others tendencies and what everyone likes and dislikes. It’s always interesting early in the season to see all the guys come together after being at seperate schools and experiencing different things over the last 9 months. The chemistry will also be something that we look to continue to grow down the home stretch of the season as we prepare for what will hopefully be another deep playoff run.”
Head Coach Dan Brower was also pleased with his team’s sharp performance out of the gates.
“It was never going to be an easy trip but our past experiences allowed us to deal with the travel very well.  We had a sharp start and pressed effectively.  I thought we had some good bite on the defensive side of the ball which helped tilt the field in our favor from the opening period of the match,” Brower stated.
“We utilized the flanks well and were rewarded with very good performances from our wide players.  A young Southern Indiana team continued to show fight throughout the match and so it was great to see our deep bench put the game to bed in the 2nd half while securing the shutout.  Our opening two goals from the run of play were well worked and we are also very pleased to score from 3 set pieces – something we’ve been focusing on recently at training.”
Steel City will now have more than a week to gear up for a home match on Sunday, June 23, against the one side they haven’t defeated this season, Erie Commodores, who they played to a 1-1 draw in May.
“We are all excited for the run in as we finish up the regular season with 3 straight home matches – our focus now shifting to the Erie Commodores on this upcoming Sunday at Founders.  Looking forward to the next week of training and watching this special group of guys continue to grow together.”

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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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