A Win for Pittsburgh Public Schools

Maya Lapp, Senior Writer

Despite the old-age rivalry between Allderdice and Schenley, and now Obama, sometimes you have to set aside the animosity and celebrate the accomplishments of a fellow city school. This year the Dice boys’ soccer team has had amazing success. Undefeated until the last week of the season (fine, let’s take a moment to celebrate our school’s part in depleting their perfect season) and first in their section of WPIAL AAA. Not bad when you are going up against some of the best schools in the state.

That is why there was a little confusion when the locations for the first round of WPIAL playoff games were released and Dice was the only team that was ranked higher than their opponents and were not given a home game. Peters Township (third in their section and ranked 11th overall) was given the home field advantage over Allderdice (first in their section and ranked 6th overall). It makes a person wonder what WPIAL might have against Pittsburgh Public Schools. A prominent member of the WPIAL soccer committee, Joe Maize, is a former Peters Township athletic director, and a current baseball coach. Coincidence? Unlikely. Fortunately, after some protest, WPIAL’s director Tim O’Malley agreed to change the location of the game to Allderdice’s home field in the South Side at Cupples Stadium.

And that’s not all. Monday night when Dice faced Peters Township, the defending AAA champion, they upset their opponents when Junior Noah Swaby scored 19 seconds into double overtime, winning the game 2-1. The first goal was scored by senior Mohammed Traore. Next game: Thursday against Kiski Area in the quarterfinals. I never thought I’d say it, but good luck, Dice!