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Sewickley Academy boys celebrate state soccer championship

Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Sewickley Academy players celebrate after winning the PIAA Class A boys soccer championship over Mountain View, 4-2, on Nov. 15, 2013, at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Sewickley Academy players celebrate after winning the PIAA Class A boys soccer championship over Mountain View, 4-2, on Nov. 15, 2013, at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Sewickley Academy's Connor Zierden (9) celebrates with teammate J.P. Bowell after scoring the eventual winning goal against Mountain View in the second half of the PIAA Class A Boy's Soccer State Championship at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey. Sewickley Academy defeated Mountain View 4-2.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Sewickley Academy's Connor Zierden (9) celebrates with teammate J.P. Bowell after scoring the eventual winning goal against Mountain View in the second half of the PIAA Class A  Boy's Soccer State Championship at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey. Sewickley Academy defeated Mountain View 4-2.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Sewickley Academy players celebrate on the field after winning the PIAA Class A boys soccer championship over Mountain View, 4-2, on Nov. 15, 2013, at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Sewickley Academy players celebrate on the field after winning the PIAA Class A boys soccer championship over Mountain View, 4-2, on Nov. 15, 2013, at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Sewickley Academy players surround Matt Teitelbaum (center) after he scored a goal past Mountain View goalkeeper Bobby Pfahl in the second half of the PIAA Class A boys soccer championship. Sewickley Academy defeated Mountain View, 4-2, on Nov. 15, 2013, at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Sewickley Academy players surround Matt Teitelbaum (center) after he scored a goal past Mountain View goalkeeper Bobby Pfahl in the second half of the PIAA Class A boys soccer championship. Sewickley Academy defeated Mountain View, 4-2, on Nov. 15, 2013, at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Sewickley Academy's Connor Zierden (middle) scores the eventual winning goal past Mountain View goalkeeper Bobby Pfahl in the second half of the PIAA Class A championship game Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey. Sewickley Academy defeated Mountain View 4-2.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Sewickley Academy's Connor Zierden (middle) scores the eventual winning goal past Mountain View goalkeeper Bobby Pfahl in the second half of the PIAA Class A championship game Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey. Sewickley Academy defeated Mountain View 4-2.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Sewickley Academy's Anthony Stinson (2) celebrates with teammates after winning the PIAA Class A boys soccer championship by defeating Mountain View, 4-2, on Nov. 15, 2013, at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Sewickley Academy's Anthony Stinson (2) celebrates with teammates after winning the PIAA Class A boys soccer championship by defeating Mountain View, 4-2, on Nov. 15, 2013, at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Sewickley Academy's Anthony Stinson (2) celebrates with Steve Munn (5) after he scored a goal past Mountain View goalkeeper Bobby Pfahl in the second half of the PIAA Class A boys soccer championship. Sewickley Academy defeated Mountain View, 4-2, on Nov. 15, 2013, at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Sewickley Academy's Anthony Stinson (2) celebrates with Steve Munn (5) after he scored a goal past Mountain View goalkeeper Bobby Pfahl in the second half of the PIAA Class A boys soccer championship. Sewickley Academy defeated Mountain View, 4-2, on Nov. 15, 2013, at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Sewickley Academy's Anthony Stinson (2) celebrates with teammates after he scored a goal past Mountain View goalkeeper Bobby Pfahl in the second half of the PIAA Class A boys soccer championship. Sewickley Academy defeated Mountain View, 4-2, on Nov. 15, 2013, at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Sewickley Academy's Anthony Stinson (2) celebrates with teammates after he scored a goal past Mountain View goalkeeper Bobby Pfahl in the second half of the PIAA Class A boys soccer championship. Sewickley Academy defeated Mountain View, 4-2, on Nov. 15, 2013, at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Sewickley Academy's Jack Matten (left) battles Mountain View's Zeb Cross for possession in the second half of the PIAA Class A boys soccer championship. Sewickley Academy defeated Mountain View, 4-2, on Nov. 15, 2013, at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Sewickley Academy's Jack Matten (left) battles Mountain View's Zeb Cross for possession in the second half of the PIAA Class A boys soccer championship. Sewickley Academy defeated Mountain View, 4-2, on Nov. 15, 2013, at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Sewickley Academy goalkeeper Jackson O'Neill makes a save in front of Mountain View's Chris White in the second half of the PIAA Class A boys soccer championship. Sewickley Academy defeated Mountain View, 4-2, on Nov. 15, 2013, at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Sewickley Academy goalkeeper Jackson O'Neill makes a save in front of Mountain View's Chris White in the second half of the PIAA Class A boys soccer championship. Sewickley Academy defeated Mountain View, 4-2, on Nov. 15, 2013, at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Sewickley Academy's Jack Matten (left) and Steve Munn battle Mountain View's Zeb Cross in the second half of the PIAA Class A boys soccer championship. Sewickley Academy defeated Mountain View, 4-2, on Nov. 15, 2013, at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Sewickley Academy's Jack Matten (left) and Steve Munn battle Mountain View's Zeb Cross in the second half of the PIAA Class A boys soccer championship. Sewickley Academy defeated Mountain View, 4-2, on Nov. 15, 2013, at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Sewickley Academy's Anthony Stinson battles Mountain View's Chris White for a header in the second half of the PIAA Class A boys soccer championship. Sewickley Academy defeated Mountain View, 4-2, on Nov. 15, 2013, at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Sewickley Academy's Anthony Stinson battles Mountain View's Chris White for a header in the second half of the PIAA Class A boys soccer championship. Sewickley Academy defeated Mountain View, 4-2, on Nov. 15, 2013, at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Sewickley Academy goalkeeper Jackson O'Neill and defenders Steve Munn (5), Erik Dietrich (11) and Keegan MacDougall (7) make a save on a Mountain View shot in front of the goal during the second half of the PIAA Class A boys soccer championship. Sewickley Academy defeated Mountain View, 4-2, on Nov. 15, 2013, at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Sewickley Academy goalkeeper Jackson O'Neill and defenders Steve Munn (5), Erik Dietrich (11) and Keegan MacDougall (7) make a save on a Mountain View shot in front of the goal during the second half of the PIAA Class A boys soccer championship. Sewickley Academy defeated Mountain View, 4-2, on Nov. 15, 2013, at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Sewickley Academy's Anthony Stinson advances past Mountain View's Noah Pepper in the second half of the PIAA Class A boys soccer championship. Sewickley Academy defeated Mountain View, 4-2, on Nov. 15, 2013, at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Sewickley Academy's Anthony Stinson advances past Mountain View's Noah Pepper in the second half of the PIAA Class A boys soccer championship. Sewickley Academy defeated Mountain View, 4-2, on Nov. 15, 2013, at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Sewickley Academy's J.P. Bowell (8) battles Mountain View's Nick Jarrow for possession in the second half of the PIAA Class A boys soccer championship Nov. 15, 2013, at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey. Sewickley Academy defeated Mountain View, 4-2.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Sewickley Academy's J.P. Bowell (8) battles Mountain View's Nick Jarrow for possession in the second half of the PIAA Class A  boys soccer championship Nov. 15, 2013, at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey. Sewickley Academy defeated Mountain View, 4-2.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Sewickley Academy's Jack Matten (left) battles Mountain View's Zeb Cross for a header in the second half of the PIAA Class A boys soccer championship Nov. 15, 2013, at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey. Sewickley Academy defeated Mountain View, 4-2.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Sewickley Academy's Jack Matten (left) battles Mountain View's Zeb Cross for a header in the second half of the PIAA Class A  boys soccer championship Nov. 15, 2013, at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey. Sewickley Academy defeated Mountain View, 4-2.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Sewickley Academy's Erik Dietrich (11) goes up for a header against Mountain View in the second half of the PIAA Class A boys soccer championship Nov. 15, 2013, at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey. Sewickley Academy defeated Mountain View, 4-2.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Sewickley Academy's Erik Dietrich (11) goes up for a header against Mountain View in the second half of the PIAA Class A  boys soccer championship Nov. 15, 2013, at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey. Sewickley Academy defeated Mountain View, 4-2.

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After reaching the PIAA Class A title game last season, the 2013 Sewickley Academy boys soccer team came in with high expectations.

Friday, the Panthers met the final one.

Sewickley Academy defeated Mountain View, 4-2, to capture the school's third PIAA title. The Panthers had previously won the WPIAL and Section 1-A crowns.

“It means a lot,” Sewickley Academy coach James Boone said. “And not just to the team but the school and community. This is my fifth year as a coach here and second as the head coach. I have known a lot of these players since they were in eighth grade since I had coached the middle school and JV teams. We knew this group would be a good one.”

Mountain View wasn't a stranger to the Panthers, as the Eagles captured a 1-0 win in the PIAA title game between the two teams last season.

The Panthers (21-3) trailed 1-0 at the break, but nine minutes into the second half Anthony Stinson scored to tie the game. Ten minutes after Sewickley Academy's first goal, Stinson scored again to give the Panthers a one-goal lead.

Late goals by Connor Zierden and Matt Teitelbaum put the game out of reach. Sewickley Academy's victory ended Mountain View's 35-game win streak.

“We were never in panic mode, even when we were down,” Boone said. “We switched our alignment to put more pressure on their defense, and a couple of balls bounced our way. We were able to stick to the game plan, unlike last season.”

The PIAA title is the first for the team since 1997. Sewickley Academy's only losses this season were to Class AAA's Moon, Class AA's West Allegheny — which won the WPIAL title and reached the PIAA title game — and Mercyhurst Prep, which Sewickley Academy defeated in the PIAA quarterfinals, 2-1.

The win was the final game for 13 seniors — David Batleon, J.P. Bowell, Erik Dietrich, Ben DiNardo, Mike Ganz, Keegan MacDougall, Jack Matten, Grady Moyer, Steve Munn, Tom Pregel, Stinson and Zierden.

The group has been one of the most successful in program history, winning 54 games during their four years together.

“They have stuck together,” Boone said. “Sometimes in private schools, players will go back to their district but these guys didn't. I have seen them grow from boys into young men. They have had setbacks, but they learned from them. The memory of smiles on their faces after they won the title will be with me for a long time.”

And while the team will need to rebuild next season, the cupboard is not bare. Sophomore goalkeeper Jackson O'Neill recorded 14 shutouts, while sophomores Geoffrey Schuchardt, a midfielder, and Teitelbaum, a defender, both were starters this season.

Also, Sewickley Academy's junior varsity team was undefeated.

While the returning players will have big shoes to fill, the lessons they learned from this seniors should prove to be invaluable as they move forward.

“Our seniors and captains did a good job of setting the standard for the team,” Boone said. “Making these playoff runs instills into the younger players how hard you have to work to reach our goals, whether it is a WPIAL or state title or whatever. They learned a lot on what you have to do to be the best.”

Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at nsmith@tribweb.com or via Twitter @NSmith_Trib.

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