The Steel City Sparks sit on top of the WPSL east division after winning their opening game before an opening night crowd of 1250. Official game summary: *Most Valuable Players Most Valuable Offensive Player: Katie Barnes (Steel City Sparks) Why: For the two goals and applying pressure throughout the game. Her second goal was unassisted on a free kick. Most Valuable Defensive Player: Ashley Weimer (Steel City Sparks) Why: For solid central defending from the opening whistle. She anchored the defensive unit that held the Pride scoreless to bring the Sparks a win in their inaugural game. Referee: C.J. Morgante Referee Assistants: Andrew Tsouris, Nick Vuchenich 4th Official: David Potter Attendance: 1250 paid **Game Summary The game opened with fairly even play until the Sparks opened up the field with a progressive attack. Launching almost 10 shots in the opening half, the Sparks struck first and held the lead with constant offensive pressure and a stiffling defense. From the opening whistle of the second half, the Sparks dominated possession and controlled play throughout earning a shutout against a highly competitive Maryland.