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Unbeaten Steel City FC women finish regular season with 2-2 draw at FC Buffalo; UWS playoffs start Tuesday

Steel City FC’s women’s team ended regular season play by battling FC Buffalo to a 2-2 draw in a back-and-forth affair late Sunday afternoon at All-High Stadium, in Western New York.

With this result, Steel City FC completes regular season play unbeaten, with a 5w-0L-3d mark, good for 18 points, finishing fifth overall in United Women’s Soccer East Conference standings, but one point behind FC Buffalo (6-1-1, 19 points).

Steel City will have a short turnaround time — as they’ll now be hosting UWS East Conference quarterfinal match vs Back Mountain Torrent, out of Northeastern PA, on Tuesday (7 p.m.) at Founder Field in Indianola.

Twice on Sunday, Steel City FC took the lead, and each time shortly after, FC Buffalo responded, including a penalty kick conversion coming in the 90th minute that equalized the match.

Late in the first half, in the 38th minute to be precise, Steel City broke through with the match’s first goal when Briana Ross took a pass from Alli Little, then did some nifty work in the box to create just enough space, then fired a quick shot that found the inside of the left post side.

FC Buffalo responded one minute later, converting a corner kick.

In a closely contested second half, with each side taking turns pushing for chances, Steel City broke through in the 83rd minute for the lead when Emily Cooper blew past FC Buffalo defender, then beat the keeper to the ball with a quick poke forward.

However, a late penalty in the box, in the 90th minute, as FCB’s Eileen Solomon was taken down, would doom Steel City’s chances of finishing ahead of FC Buffalo and higher up in the UWS standings.

FCB’s Skylar Cornell converted the spot kick, as the match would end all level.

Heading into the contest, both teams had already clinched a spots in the UWS postseason tournament, but this result kept FC Buffalo, who won two nights earlier, one point ahead of Steel City in the final standings.

Steel City FC Lineup vs FC Buffalo

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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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