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Bishop Canevin girls soccer captures Section 3-A crown

| Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, 8:56 p.m.
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Alain McGuire, left, and the Bishop Canevin girls soccer team defeated Seton-La Salle, 2-1, last week to claim the Section 3-A title. Randy Jarosz | for the Signal Item

The stakes were high for the Bishop Canevin girls soccer team when it went on the road to face Seton-La Salle last week.

If the Lady Crusaders downed the Lady Rebels, they claimed the Section 3-A title outright. But a loss would give Avonworth a chance to work its way into a tie for first.

A freshman stepped up, though, and made sure the latter didn't happen.

Daisha Reed gave her squad a 2-1 win with two second-half goals, including the winner with less than five minutes left in regulation.

“That's why we put her in there,” Bishop Canevin coach Ted Perri said. “We had a feeling she was going to score.”

Seton-La Salle controlled most of the game, taking the lead midway through the first half and holding until midway through the second.

“The sign of a good playoff team is a team that never gives up,” Perri said. “We came back from being down one and took control. Everyone stepped up.”

The Lady Crusaders added a 2-0 win over Avonworth and a 2-2 tie with Steel Valley to finish the regular season last week.

The 2-0-1 week gave Bishop Canevin a 9-1-2 Section 3-A mark and a 11-2-2 overall record. The nine section wins earned the Lady Crusaders their first Section 3-A title.

“It feels really good,” Reed said. “I am so proud of the how the entire team has played this season.”

They will be joined in the playoffs by second-place Avonworth (8-3-1) and third-place Ellis School and Seton-La Salle (7-5).

The Lady Crusaders enter the playoffs on a bit of a roll. After falling to Ellis School, 3-2, on Sept. 10, the team did not drop another Section 3-A game.

The team did stumble on Oct. 6 against Sewickley Academy, 3-1.

The Lady Panthers, though, are 16-0-1 and may be the top Class A team entering the postseason.

Over the final seven section games of the season, Bishop Canevin outscored its opponents, 24-4, and recorded four shutouts.

“We are starting to peak at the right time,” Perri said.

Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at nsmith@tribweb.com or 412-388-5813.

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