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Shady Side Academy field hockey wins another WPIAL crown

| Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, 8:55 p.m.
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Shady Side Academy team captains Audrey Koi (left) and Micaela Saperstein are handed the WPIAL AA Field Hockey Championship after defeating Sewickley Academy at North Allegheny Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. Kristina Serafini | The Herald
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Shady Side Academy's Lucy Buckman tries to get past Sewickley Academy's Janelle Sands during the WPIAL Class AA field hockey championship at North Allegheny Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. Kristina Serafini | The Herald
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Shady Side Academy's Lucy Buckman (left) and Audrey Koi (middle) celebrate Sydney Mordoh's (right) overtime goal against Sewickey Academy during the WPIAL AA Field Hockey Championship at North Allegheny Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. Kristina Serafini | The Herald
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Shady Side Academy players hold hands while The Star-Spangled Banner plays prior to the start of WPIAL AA Field Hockey Championship against Sewickley Academy at North Allegheny Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. Kristina Serafini | The Herald

In what has become a regular occurrence, the Shady Side Academy field hockey team won its sixth WPIAL Class AA field hockey title in eight years and second in a row on Oct. 31 at North Allegheny.

It took overtime to determine whether coach Erin Weir's team would get a trick or a treat against a determined Sewickley Academy team.

The Indians prevailed when Sydney Mordoh scored in overtime for a 2-1 win.

Mordoh also assisted on the first goal, which was scored by Isabel Aiken.

Mordoh's title clincher came at the 5:41 mark in overtime.

Goalie Gabby Harchelroad came up with a huge save with 11 minutes left on a penalty kick to preserve the 1-1 tie.

“Sydney played an awesome game,” Weir said. “She was all over the field and she kept us moving.”

Mordoh, a senior, was elated.

“I wanted this championship so badly for all of the seniors,” she said.

“This will be it for us and we wanted another WPIAL title.”

Though the seniors — Mordoh, Mickey Saperstein and Audrey Koi — were the core of the team, Weir also had some talented underclassmen step up, led by sophomore Harchelroad, sophomore Marjorie Crimmins and junior Zoe Wecht.

“The young players stepped up and helped us continue the tradition,” Weir said. “We had a nice combination of seniors — who were outstanding leaders and role models — and sophomores, juniors and freshmen who filled the holes left by the six seniors who graduated.”

Weir had high praise for Sewickley.

“They played an outstanding game,” she said. “We had a hard time getting around their defense. We were able to get a couple of corners in the overtime and that was a great advantage for us. Sydney scored off of a corner.

“The girls were so excited after the game. We'll enjoy this moment and then prepare for the states.”

Marty Stewart is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-782-2123 or mstewart@tribweb.com.

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