Shady Side Academy field hockey wins another WPIAL crown
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 email@example.com.