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Shady Side Academy’s Morlacci earns reputation as strong goalie

by MARTY STEWART
| Wednesday, November 12, 2014 9:00 p.m.

Goalie Samantha Morlacci, a junior, was a big part of the success of a Shady Side Academy soccer team that made it to the semifinals of the WPIAL tournament and the quarterfinals of the PIAA tournament. She posted 14 shutouts, and her outstanding play did not go unnoticed.

“She kept us in many games,” SSA coach Mary Lynch said. “She has very good goalie instincts, and her reflexes in the net are outstanding.”

For her efforts, she is The Herald Spotlight Athlete of the Week.

Samantha has been playing soccer for 10 years, and she made the move to goalie in seventh grade.

“Our starting goalie got injured, and I said that I would take over for the rest of the year. I like the challenges a goalie faces and I enjoy the recognition.”

She hopes to continue playing in college.

Here’s a closer look at Samantha:

Q: Do you have any pregame rituals or superstitions?

A: Nothing like that, but I do play the game in my mind on the bus before the game, trying to picture how I’d like things to go.

Q: What sport would you be playing if you weren’t playing soccer?

A: Gymnastics. I did that before getting involved with soccer.

Q: What’s your favorite TV show?

A: “The Big Bang Theory.”

Q: Are you into the reality shows?

A: No. Not at all.

Q: Who’s your favorite Pittsburgh athlete?

A: Troy Polamalu.

Q: How late do you sleep in on non-school days?

A: Until around 8:30.

Q: What’s your favorite animal at the zoo?

A: The polar bears.

Q: What are your hobbies?

A: I like to paint. I go to classes occasionally.

Q: What movie could you watch over and over again?

A: “The Count of Monte Cristo.”

Q: If you could change places with anyone for a day, who would it be?

A: Taylor Swift.

Q: Who makes the best pizza around?

A: A local place in Apollo called Tuck’s.

Q: Is there a food you refuse to eat?

A: Liver.

Q: What would make up your all-time favorite meal?

A: Anything with sushi.

Q: Who would you like to see disappear from public view?

A: Any or all of the Kardashians. How’d they even get a TV show?

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

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