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Greensburg Central Catholic midfielder Abby Skattell heads the ball past McConnellsburg goal keeper Kellyn Perry to score a goal during their PIAA Class A Girl’s Soccer opening round playoff game at Elizabeth Forward on Nov. 04, 2014, in Elizabeth. Greensburg Central Catholic defeated McConnellsburg 4-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.
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Greensburg Central Catholic defender Domenique Stauffer battles McConnellsburg forward Alexis Mellott during their PIAA Class A Girl’s Soccer opening round playoff game at Elizabeth Forward on Nov. 04, 2014, in Elizabeth. Greensburg Central Catholic defeated McConnellsburg 4-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.
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Greensburg Central Catholic striker Bailey Cartwright win a header over McConnellsburg defender Michaela Kendall during their PIAA Class A Girl’s Soccer opening round playoff game at Elizabeth Forward on Nov. 04, 2014, in Elizabeth. Greensburg Central Catholic defeated McConnellsburg 4-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.
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Greensburg Central Catholic midfielder Sydney Ward launches the ball past McConnellsburg defender Sam Roberts during their PIAA Class A Girl’s Soccer opening round playoff game at Elizabeth Forward on Nov. 04, 2014, in Elizabeth. Greensburg Central Catholic defeated McConnellsburg 4-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.
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Greensburg Central Catholic midfielder Abby Skattell saves a clear attempt by McConnellsburg defender Hannah Ott during their PIAA Class A Girl’s Soccer opening round playoff game at Elizabeth Forward on Nov. 04, 2014, in Elizabeth. Greensburg Central Catholic defeated McConnellsburg 4-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.
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Greensburg Central Catholic striker Bailey Cartwright sprints past McConnellsburg defender Brittany Parson during their PIAA Class A Girl’s Soccer opening round playoff game at Elizabeth Forward on Nov. 04, 2014, in Elizabeth. Greensburg Central Catholic defeated McConnellsburg 4-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.
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Greensburg Central Catholic defender Rebecca Reuss wins a header against McConnellsburg during their PIAA Class A Girl’s Soccer opening round playoff game at Elizabeth Forward on Nov. 04, 2014, in Elizabeth. Greensburg Central Catholic defeated McConnellsburg 4-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.
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Greensburg Central Catholic midfielder Keli Rosensteel battles with McConnellsburg forward Alexis Mellott for the ball during their PIAA Class A Girl’s Soccer opening round playoff game at Elizabeth Forward on Nov. 04, 2014, in Elizabeth. Greensburg Central Catholic defeated McConnellsburg 4-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.
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Greensburg Central Catholic midfielder Abby Skattell (right) celebrates with Bailey Cartwright after scoring a goal in front of McConnellsburg defender Brittany Parson during their PIAA Class A Girl’s Soccer opening round playoff game at Elizabeth Forward on Nov. 04, 2014, in Elizabeth. Greensburg Central Catholic defeated McConnellsburg 4-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.
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Greensburg Central Catholic midfielder Keli Rosensteel drives past McConnellsburg's Savannah Kerlin to score a goal during their PIAA Class A Girl’s Soccer opening round playoff game at Elizabeth Forward on Nov. 04, 2014, in Elizabeth. Greensburg Central Catholic defeated McConnellsburg 4-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.
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Greensburg Central Catholic striker Bailey Cartwright (right) celebrates with Cassie Sauter (top) and Rebecca Reuss after scoring a goal against McConnellsburg during their PIAA Class A Girl’s Soccer opening round playoff game at Elizabeth Forward on Nov. 04, 2014, in Elizabeth. Greensburg Central Catholic defeated McConnellsburg 4-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.
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Greensburg Central Catholic midfielder Sydney Ward wins a header over McConnellsburg's Sam Roberts during their PIAA Class A Girl’s Soccer opening round playoff game at Elizabeth Forward on Nov. 04, 2014, in Elizabeth. Greensburg Central Catholic defeated McConnellsburg 4-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.
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Greensburg Central Catholic midfielder Cassie Sauter wins a header over McConnellsburg's Sam Roberts during their PIAA Class A Girl’s Soccer opening round playoff game at Elizabeth Forward on Nov. 04, 2014, in Elizabeth. Greensburg Central Catholic defeated McConnellsburg 4-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.
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Greensburg Central Catholic midfielder Abby Skattell collides with McConnellsburg defender Brittany Parson during their PIAA Class A Girl’s Soccer opening round playoff game at Elizabeth Forward on Nov. 04, 2014, in Elizabeth. Greensburg Central Catholic defeated McConnellsburg 4-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.
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Greensburg Central Catholic midfielder Keli Rosensteel celebrates her goal against McConnellsburg with Bailey Cartwright during their PIAA Class A Girl’s Soccer opening round playoff game at Elizabeth Forward on Nov. 04, 2014, in Elizabeth. Greensburg Central Catholic defeated McConnellsburg 4-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.
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Barry Reeger | Trib Total Media
Greensburg Central Catholic midfielder Abby Skattell heads the ball past McConnellsburg goal keeper Kellyn Perry to score a goal during their PIAA Class A Girl’s Soccer opening round playoff game at Elizabeth Forward on Nov. 04, 2014, in Elizabeth. Greensburg Central Catholic defeated McConnellsburg 4-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.
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Barry Reeger | Trib Total Media
Greensburg Central Catholic defender Domenique Stauffer battles McConnellsburg forward Alexis Mellott during their PIAA Class A Girl’s Soccer opening round playoff game at Elizabeth Forward on Nov. 04, 2014, in Elizabeth. Greensburg Central Catholic defeated McConnellsburg 4-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.
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Barry Reeger | Trib Total Media
Greensburg Central Catholic striker Bailey Cartwright win a header over McConnellsburg defender Michaela Kendall during their PIAA Class A Girl’s Soccer opening round playoff game at Elizabeth Forward on Nov. 04, 2014, in Elizabeth. Greensburg Central Catholic defeated McConnellsburg 4-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.
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Barry Reeger | Trib Total Media
Greensburg Central Catholic midfielder Sydney Ward launches the ball past McConnellsburg defender Sam Roberts during their PIAA Class A Girl’s Soccer opening round playoff game at Elizabeth Forward on Nov. 04, 2014, in Elizabeth. Greensburg Central Catholic defeated McConnellsburg 4-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.
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Barry Reeger | Trib Total Media
Greensburg Central Catholic midfielder Abby Skattell saves a clear attempt by McConnellsburg defender Hannah Ott during their PIAA Class A Girl’s Soccer opening round playoff game at Elizabeth Forward on Nov. 04, 2014, in Elizabeth. Greensburg Central Catholic defeated McConnellsburg 4-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.
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Barry Reeger | Trib Total Media
Greensburg Central Catholic striker Bailey Cartwright sprints past McConnellsburg defender Brittany Parson during their PIAA Class A Girl’s Soccer opening round playoff game at Elizabeth Forward on Nov. 04, 2014, in Elizabeth. Greensburg Central Catholic defeated McConnellsburg 4-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.
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Barry Reeger | Trib Total Media
Greensburg Central Catholic defender Rebecca Reuss wins a header against McConnellsburg during their PIAA Class A Girl’s Soccer opening round playoff game at Elizabeth Forward on Nov. 04, 2014, in Elizabeth. Greensburg Central Catholic defeated McConnellsburg 4-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.
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Barry Reeger | Trib Total Media
Greensburg Central Catholic midfielder Keli Rosensteel battles with McConnellsburg forward Alexis Mellott for the ball during their PIAA Class A Girl’s Soccer opening round playoff game at Elizabeth Forward on Nov. 04, 2014, in Elizabeth. Greensburg Central Catholic defeated McConnellsburg 4-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.
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Barry Reeger | Trib Total Media
Greensburg Central Catholic midfielder Abby Skattell (right) celebrates with Bailey Cartwright after scoring a goal in front of McConnellsburg defender Brittany Parson during their PIAA Class A Girl’s Soccer opening round playoff game at Elizabeth Forward on Nov. 04, 2014, in Elizabeth. Greensburg Central Catholic defeated McConnellsburg 4-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.
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Barry Reeger | Trib Total Media
Greensburg Central Catholic midfielder Keli Rosensteel drives past McConnellsburg's Savannah Kerlin to score a goal during their PIAA Class A Girl’s Soccer opening round playoff game at Elizabeth Forward on Nov. 04, 2014, in Elizabeth. Greensburg Central Catholic defeated McConnellsburg 4-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.
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Barry Reeger | Trib Total Media
Greensburg Central Catholic striker Bailey Cartwright (right) celebrates with Cassie Sauter (top) and Rebecca Reuss after scoring a goal against McConnellsburg during their PIAA Class A Girl’s Soccer opening round playoff game at Elizabeth Forward on Nov. 04, 2014, in Elizabeth. Greensburg Central Catholic defeated McConnellsburg 4-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.
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Barry Reeger | Trib Total Media
Greensburg Central Catholic midfielder Sydney Ward wins a header over McConnellsburg's Sam Roberts during their PIAA Class A Girl’s Soccer opening round playoff game at Elizabeth Forward on Nov. 04, 2014, in Elizabeth. Greensburg Central Catholic defeated McConnellsburg 4-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.
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Barry Reeger | Trib Total Media
Greensburg Central Catholic midfielder Cassie Sauter wins a header over McConnellsburg's Sam Roberts during their PIAA Class A Girl’s Soccer opening round playoff game at Elizabeth Forward on Nov. 04, 2014, in Elizabeth. Greensburg Central Catholic defeated McConnellsburg 4-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.
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Barry Reeger | Trib Total Media
Greensburg Central Catholic midfielder Abby Skattell collides with McConnellsburg defender Brittany Parson during their PIAA Class A Girl’s Soccer opening round playoff game at Elizabeth Forward on Nov. 04, 2014, in Elizabeth. Greensburg Central Catholic defeated McConnellsburg 4-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.
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Barry Reeger | Trib Total Media
Greensburg Central Catholic midfielder Keli Rosensteel celebrates her goal against McConnellsburg with Bailey Cartwright during their PIAA Class A Girl’s Soccer opening round playoff game at Elizabeth Forward on Nov. 04, 2014, in Elizabeth. Greensburg Central Catholic defeated McConnellsburg 4-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.

Greensburg Central Catholic passed the first test on its quest for a third straight PIAA championship, and it was dominant.

The Centurions (22-1) followed their WPIAL girls soccer title victory by defeating District 5 champion McConnellsburg, 4-0, in the first round of the PIAA Class A playoffs at Elizabeth Forward.

GCC will play Shady Side Academy (18-4) in the quarterfinals Saturday at a time and site to be determined.

“Anytime in states, no matter if it’s the first, second or third time, it means a lot,” GCC coach Bryan Cartwright said. “We know what it takes because we’ve been there. We know how hard it is to get back.”

Keli Rosensteel opened the scoring for GCC 10 minutes in, and Bailey Cartwright and Abby Skatell added first-half goals to give the Centurions a 3-0 lead after 40 minutes.

Cartwright tacked on a goal in the 51st minute, bringing her season total to a WPIAL-best 54.

GCC’s defense was suffocating, dominating possession time and holding McConnellsburg to one scoring opportunity, which came in the 60th minute. Senior goalkeeper Olivia Binda made the save as the Centurions got their 12th shutout of the season. GCC has outscored opponents 165­­­-18.

“I like our balance,” Cartwright said. “In the past, GCC has definitely had some tremendous soccer players, but this year we have a complete team. I can put any girl on the field at any given time, and we don’t miss a beat.”

McConnellsburg coach Toby McGarvey, who coached the school to its first district championship this season, said GCC presented a different level of competition.

“Greensburg is by far the best team we’ve seen all year,” McGarvey said. “They’re defending champs for a reason.

“We can at least say we played one of the best in the state of Pennsylvania.”

GCC swept the season series from Shady Side Academy, winning 2-0 and 2-1, but the Centurions still have unfinished business with the Indians.

Shady Side beat GCC in the WPIAL championship last year, dashing the Centurions’ shot at three straight WPIAL titles.

“We’ve played Shady Side, and they’re a great team,” Cartwright said. “We’re going to play our game and give them a good match.”

Ray Judy is a freelance writer.

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