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Shady Side Academy girls soccer team falls at states

Ken Reabe Jr. | For Trib Total Media
Shady Side Academy forward Elizabeth Harper (8) attempts a pass around Greensburg Central Catholic's Sydney Ward (3) on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, at Canon-McMillan HS in Canonsburg, Pa.

The Shady Side Academy girls soccer team won its PIAA first-round playoff game Nov. 4 as it edged Karns City, 3-2, in an overtime game.

Elizabeth Harper, Jackie Cepicka and Sarah Hacke scored the goals for coach Mary Lynch’s Indians, with Hacke’s being the winner 2:30 into overtime.

Juliana Sandford and Courtney Clark picked up assists, and goalie Samantha Morlacci had 12 saves in goal.

“That game was a good momentum builder for us,” Lynch said. “We took an early lead, and Karns City came back to take a 2-1 lead. The girls kept fighting back, and Jackie’s goal on a free kick with 13 minutes left tied it up and got us fired up.”

That set up a third meeting with WPIAL Class A champion Greensburg Central Catholic on Saturday.

The Centurions beat the Indians twice during the regular season and made it three in a row as they claimed a 4-0 win in their quest for a third straight PIAA title.

Bailey Cartwright scored a pair of goals in the first seven minutes of the game.

The Indians lost starters Rachel Slaugenhaupt and Courtney Clark to injuries in the first half. Clark was able to return in the second half.

“The injuries certainly didn’t help our cause,” Lynch said. “But they’re part of the game, and we lost to a very good team. Cartwright would have scored a couple more goals if it weren’t for Samantha’s great reflexes. She played a great game in goal.”

Morlacci finished with 11 saves. The Indians finished 18-5 with three of the losses coming to GCC.

Marty Stewart is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-782-2123 or [email protected].

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