Tonawanda News — NORTH TONAWANDA — With the World Cup craze taking the United States by storm, it's only fitting we have a slice of football right here in North Tonawanda.
Featuring the Buffalo/Niagara area's best and brightest on the pitch, the Empire Revs exemplify top-class soccer, dedication to the sport and show why soccer is growing at the speed it is in America.
The Revs are one of 75 teams that play in the nationwide summer soccer program known as the Women's Premier Soccer League.
The WPSL is a league dedicated to the development and improvement of women's soccer players across the United States.
Formed in 1998, the league consists of 12 divisions that play between May 1st and August 1st.
Now only in their second year of existence, the Revs have shown a high level of skill, strong fundamentals and an ability to develop chemistry quick over the short three-month, nine game schedule.
The team narrowly missed out on the playoffs this season and would have played Sunday. However, the opposing team forfeited the match.
Leading the Revs is General Manager Kathleen DiPasquale and head coach Chris Hershey.
A Canisius College grad and alum of Williamsville North, DiPasquale brings the experience of being a top class defender, great knowledge of the game and strong leadership abilities.
DiPasquale's time as a captain of her college squad allows her to be an effective coach, manager and judge of talent.
Hershey has a love for the game that's seemingly unmatched. A Buffalo State grad and head goalkeeper coach for the New York Women's Youth Soccer Association, Hershey began his career coaching at the men's level. After a call to coach a U15 girl's soccer club, Hershey found his expertise in coaching the women's game.
Hershey has a special relationship with the WPSL. Back in his youth, his father coached a local women's soccer development where he acted as the ball boy. Now, Hershey shares a similar experience with his son, who acts as ball boy for the Revs.