Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Springdale Girls Dynamos Still Savoring Late-Season Run

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Springdale Girls Dynamos Still Savoring Late-Season Run

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Jerry Concannon knew his team could find its way to Hershey.

Even with seven losses and a third-place finish in their own section, Concannon was confident the Dynamos would make it to play for a PIAA Class A title.

Even without a WPIAL title to its credit, he was still confident.

And even without him, he knew his team would find its way to Hersheypark Stadium.

That's a good thing because while his team was headed to Hershey on Friday, Concannon stayed behind to be with his wife, who is nine- months pregnant.

He joined his team on Saturday in time for the game.

After falling short, 3-1, to Warrior Run of District 4, Springdale had to settle for a PIAA silver medal, but the trip to the PIAA final represented so much more than just a second-place finish.

Springdale finished the season with what appeared to be just a respectable 16-8-2 record. It went through two three-game losing streaks this season. But at the end of the season Springdale was the last Class A team from the WPIAL still standing.

"It was just awesome getting to the state championship and having that experience and being able to play in the last game possible," senior midfielder and captain Krista Edwards said.

The Springdale season was nearly defined by its inability to defeat Greensburg Central Catholic. The Dynamos were swept by their section rivals in the regular season but they were the only team to really challenge the Centurions, losing to them 1-0 on both occasions.

In the WPIAL finals the teams crossed paths again and that time Greensburg C.C. jumped on Springdale with three early goals and went on to win, 3-1.

Like they did so many times before, Springdale, regrouped and bounced back. Rather than looking forward to a fourth shot at the top-ranked and unbeaten Centurions in the PIAA playoffs, Springdale senior forward Kaylee Derringer talked to the entire team about taking it one game at a time. …

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