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SSA girls lose heartbreaker in PIAA soccer

| Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, 8:52 p.m.
South Allegheny's #06 Shannon Wygonik gets blocked by Shady Side Academy's #03 Maggie Scott during the playoff game at Gateway High School on Wednesday October 24, 2012. Erica Hilliard | Valley News Dispatch
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Greensburg Central Catholic's Colby Crouse (left) battles Shady Side Academy's Maggie Scott for the ball during their PIAA Class A state semifinal Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 at Hampton. GCC won in a shoot-out, 5-4, to advance to the state final. Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review

The Shady Side Academy girls soccer team, after losing to Greensburg Central Catholic three times this season, had the Centurions on the ropes in the PIAA Class A semifinal game at Hampton on Nov. 13.

The Indians had a two-goal lead with 10 minutes left in regulation but couldn't hold on as GCC tied the game in regulation and then won in the shoot-out, 5-4.

The Indians also were beaten by GCC in the WPIAL semifinals two weeks ago.

“It was one of the most amazing efforts of all time for a SSA girls team,” SSA coach James Meara said. “We had GCC on the ropes again, and for a second straight semifinal, the better team lost.

“I am crushed for the girls as their effort on the night wasn't rewarded. It's a beautiful game, but sometimes a cruel one.”

Maggie Scott scored twice for SSA, giving her 39 goals this season. Holly Stewart also scored.

“We will be losing three starters — Lia Winter, Felicia Tissenbaum and Holly Stewart,” Meara said. “They are three outstanding players that will be hard to replace.

“The entire team gave an outstanding effort.”

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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