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Top girls soccer teams to face off Wednesday

There’s an important girls soccer game Wednesday night in Greensburg, even if only one of the two teams would probably acknowledge that’s the case.
Shady Side Academy at Greensburg Central Catholic, No. 2 at No. 1, 7 o’clock start.
Why would only one side admit to this being a rivalry?
Well, the series has been that way over the past four-plus years.
Despite winning a WPIAL title in 2010, Shady Side Academy has gone just 2-9 against the Centurions since the start of the 2009 season.
“I think, honestly, we psych ourselves out about it more, and that’s why we aren’t as successful against them,” said Shady Side midfielder Zoe Schoen, whose team lost, 7-3, in the first meeting this season. “I think if we relaxed and played our game, then we’d have a better record against them. But there’s a lot of buildup, a lot of rivalry against them.
“If we can settle down and prepare ourselves, then we can play the game that will get us the win.”
Shady Side (10-2, 8-1) is led by senior Maggie Scott, who has 23 goals and seven assists. Schoen has nine and seven.
GCC (9-1, 8-0) relies on Frannie Crouse, the 2012 Greensburg Tribune-Review Player of the Year, and Malea Fabean, who had four goals during a 7-1 win over Springdale Monday night.
GCC has actually won eight straight in the series.
—Jason Mackey

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