Springdale was an exciting addition to Class 2A Section 2 girls soccer this year. The Dynamos had regularly pushed Greensburg Central Catholic and Shady Side Academy in Class 1A in previous years and the addition of the program was anticipated by some of the coaches familiar with the program and its coach Jerry Concannon. So far things have not gone as planned for a Springdale team having to replace numerous starters from last season. The Dynamos are winless through their first seven matches and 0-4-1 in section play. Still, do not expect Highlands (5-2, 4-1) to sleep on Springdale.
"Whenever you have Jerry, the Peter Pan of soccer, as the head coach, you always worry about them," fifth-year Highlands coach Mark Duffield said. "In my mind he is the best coach in PA West. He will always have his team organized. Myself, as a coach, I would love to test myself against someone like that."
Highlands and Springdale will meet for the first time this season on Monday at Highlands at 7 p.m. The game marks the conclusion of the first half of the section schedule for each team. The Golden Rams lone section loss came at Freeport, 2-1. Springdale has been extremely competitive despite its record. It opened the year with a 0-0 tie against Deer Lakes but have been on the wrong end of two one-goal decisions and three two-goal decisions in section play.