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Shady Side Academy grad Scott earns MAC honors after 1st season

| Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 3:33 p.m.
Shady Side Academy's Maggie Scott sprints upfield past Greensburg Central Catholic's Dominique Stauffer during the second half of the WPIAL Class A championship game Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at Highmark Stadium.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Shady Side Academy's Maggie Scott sprints upfield past Greensburg Central Catholic's Dominique Stauffer during the second half of the WPIAL Class A championship game Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at Highmark Stadium.

Maggie Scott graduated from Shady Side Academy in 2014 with virtually all of the school's scoring records in girls soccer. She recently finished her freshman year at Miami of Ohio and she proved that she still had her scoring touch.

She earned a spot on the MAC All-Freshman team and played in all 19 games, starting 12 of them. She ranked third on the team with four goals and 10 points and tied for third with 30 shots. Three of her goals were game-winners.

Scott also proved her durability as she logged 1,037 total minutes and played at least 70 minutes in seven games.

“I wasn't expecting to see that much action in my freshman year,” she said. “I moved into the starting lineup due to an injury to one of our players.”

She adapted quickly.

“It was definitely a big change moving from high school soccer to the college game,” she said. “The biggest adjustment was the amount of time spent practicing and playing. The speed of the game is also much greater at this level. As far as the physicality, it's a little more than high school, but it hasn't been too bad.”

The 5-foot-5 center midfielder, who is majoring in engineering management, also had to deal with the increased academic load.

“I really didn't have to worry about that too much,” she said. “Shady Side Academy prepared me well in time management. Academically and athletically, I feel that my freshman year went well.”

After a short summer break, Scott will be heading back onto the soccer fields.

“I'll be playing for the Beadling team again,” she said. “It will be good to get back together with my teammates. We'll be going to West Virginia in two weeks to play in the regionals and, if we win, we'll be heading to the nationals in July.”

Scott was part of some successful SSA teams during her four years and she's glad to see the team still doing well.

“I still followed the team and kept in touch with my teammates,” she said. “They had another good year and with so many good young players, I think they can continue to be successful.”

Marty Stewart is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-782-2123 or mstewart@tribweb.com.

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