Upper St. Clair and Canon-McMillan are both extremely strong boys soccer programs.
That doesn’t necessarily make them best friends, and the two sides didn’t mince words after Tuesday’s 1-1 tie.
Jake Wilcox scored in the fourth minute for Canon-Mac, which beat the Panthers to win the 2012 WPIAL title.
USC, which got its goal last night from Robbie Mertz in the 59th minute, returned the favor with a win over the Big Macs en route to the PIAA championship.
Here’s a sampling of stuff that didn’t make my game story.
From USC coach Uwe Schneider:
“They know they can’t play with us. If they hadn’t gotten that first goal, it probably would have been a different game.”
Another Schneider gem:
“If my striker (Joel Hart) hadn’t gotten injured 10 minutes into the game, he would have put a couple balls in. But it’s all right. We’ll get them again. Probably more than once. We’ll see them in the playoffs. We’ll be ready.”
Schneider said Hart exited the game with a wrist injury, and they kept him out because he was complaining of dizziness, possibly related to a concussion.
While USC felt it had a huge advantage – partly true, as USC had a 9-4 edge in shots, 8-2 in corner kicks – Canon-Mac took solace in the fact that hung with Upper St. Clair in overtime, something that didn’t happen last season.
Canon-Mac coach Larry Fingers:
“For us, as a long-term thing, it shows growth because we were in the same boat last year. Double overtime and we gave a goal up with 30 seconds left. This year, I thought we were a little bit more the aggressor in overtime.”
Fingers summed the game up perfectly while also taking a jab back at Upper St. Clair, referencing rankings you can check out at studentsports.com.
“There’s nothing negative to say about the game,” Fingers said. “We could have given one up, or they could have given one up. But at the end of the day we get a point, and we’re right with the so-called No. 6 team in the country. So I’m told.”
These two meet again at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 28.