Lost in the WPIAL Board of Control news that Washington’s football team must vacate five wins for using an ineligible player were a pair of rulings on soccer teams leaving the field early.
The two games in question: Brashear at Canon-McMillan on Sept. 24 and Uniontown at Waynesburg on Oct. 8.
Bulls coach Abby Phillips pulled her team off the field 14 minutes, 27 seconds in while facing a 4-0 deficit. She claimed the officials “did not know the rules of soccer” and later accused the Canon-Mac players of lacking sportsmanship, which Canon-McMillan vehemently denied.
The WPIAL Board of Control ruled Tuesday that Phillips’ assertions toward Canon-McMillan’s players were baseless and her actions, judging by the consequences, were reckless.
The WPIAL ruled that both Brashear soccer coaches be censured — essentially a public rebuke; the soccer program be put on probation for one year; the principal and athletic director must conduct a preseason meeting with coaches and players to review PIAA rules, regulations and sportsmanship expectations; and coaches must attend American Sport Education Program Principals class prior to Aug. 1, 2014.
Pittsburgh City League athletic director Mike Gavlik declined comment Tuesday morning, saying that he had not seen the ruling. He directed any inquiries to Brashear principal Angel Washington, who has not returned a message seeking comment.
Canon-McMillan athletic director Guy Montecalvo also has not returned a message seeking comment.
Uniontown’s coaches were also censured, and head coach Eric Dolfi’s program was placed on probation for one year.
Dolfi accused Waynesburg of excessively hard play — claiming one of his players suffered a bruised esophagus, another a dislocated hip — and ordered Uniontown onto the bus with about five minutes left and facing an 11-1 deficit.
The remaining time ran off the clock as the team was on the bus, Dolfi said.
The Uniontown principal, athletic director and coaches must adhere to the same sportsmanship program as Brashear.
Waynesburg must submit a plan on game management to address effective supervision of spectators and security at all home events.
Uniontown and Waynesburg must also have administrators present at both home and away soccer games between the two schools for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
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