The finish of an extended season of Greater Pittsburgh Soccer League play culminated in a Premier Division ‘Cup Final’ match performed between the Tartan Devils FC and La Comarca Arsenal in a torrential downpour that not often let up at Highmark Stadium on Sunday night time.
After 120 minutes have been performed, the match was determined on penalties, as Arsenal took the title, knocking the six-time defending GPSL champions off the mantle as Pittsburgh’s premier novice facet.
“We’ve had some nice battles over the years with them. It feels good to come out on the successful facet,” Arsenal’s Rami Bensasi stated. “It’s a testomony to their high quality how they’ve been ready to set and keep the commonplace for the league for therefore lengthy.”
It was the first time Tartan Devils FC didn’t take dwelling the GPSL title since they entered the league in 2014.

“Arsenal has been a high group in the GPSL for a decade plus. They’ve at all times had a gifted facet, and this was their most gifted but. We have the utmost respect for his or her membership and the way they’ve constructed it,” Tartan Devils FC’s Andy Kalas stated.  “They gave us all the things we may deal with in our common season matchup in addition to in the championship. They are a worthy champion, and we’re trying ahead to competing towards them for the title subsequent season.”

PSN’s Ed Thompson was there to courageous the components (as he’s finished so many occasions earlier than) to seize some of the photos from the contest that pitting some of the greatest gamers in the area who’re at present now not taking part in collegiately or professionally, however nonetheless strap on the boots for pure love of the sport.

Each facet managed to rating in regulation (Goals by Lucas Godinho (Arsenal 44’) and Ryan Slaby (TDFC 50’), however the hard-fought contest between two facet which have seen loads of good battles in the previous few years went to further time.
It was Arsenal’s Clint McElheny who scored the successful penalty former Robert Morris University standout Keaton Jennings who got here up with two penalty saves.
“I’m proud of the group we’ve assembled right here,” Bensasi added. “The right combination of youth & expertise with everybody devoted to the identical aim, and making an attempt to play a very good type to get there. We ended as common season and cup winners. Tonight we confirmed that we belong at the high of GPSL. Hopefully our group can elevate the commonplace of the league even greater transferring ahead.”
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— Ed Thompson (@ThompsonFoto12) October 24, 2021

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John Krysinsky has coated soccer and different sports activities for a few years for numerous publications and media shops. He can be writer of ‘Miracle on the Mon’ — a guide about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the membership, significantly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative main up to and centered round a outstanding match that helped present a spark for the franchise. John has coated sports activities for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as colour commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and labored with OPTA Stats and broadcast groups for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky additionally served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, the place he led the Pioneers to the first-ever successful seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), affiliate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).



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