Abby Phillips, the boys soccer coach at Brashear, could face disciplinary action from the WPIAL for pulling her team off the field and forfeiting a match Tuesday night against Canon-McMillan.
Brashear is a City League school that plays in the WPIAL in a few sports, including boys soccer. Phillips pulled her team off the field 14 minutes, 27 seconds into the match. Canon-McMillan was leading at the time, 4-0.
Phillips said the officials were the main reason for her decision. But in the past, any coach who pulls a team in the middle of a contest has been hit with penalties from the WPIAL.
"We requested information from all involved," WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley said. "The executive committee will review it and, in all probability, it will result in a hearing. It really is something that is unacceptable. We will give everyone an opportunity to be heard, but pulling a team off the field is something that should be avoided at all costs."
Phillips said: "I'm not really supposed to comment, but I will stand behind my parents and players and always pull the kids if they are in harm's way. If that game would've continued, we would've gotten more injuries."
Phillips said two of her players were injured in the contest. Three Brashear players received yellow cards, and Phillips also received a yellow card because one of her players was wearing an earring.
"The one yellow card I totally understand for the earring," said Phillips, in her sixth year as coach. "But there were also other yellow cards given. The ref basically said that if our boys fouled, they were pretty much going to get a yellow card."
Brashear has a 1-7-1 record and has been outscored, 37-6.