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Preview: Quaker Valley, Shady Side meet yet again

PSN Featured Match – WPIAL Boys Soccer Semifinal

Quaker Valley (18-2) vs Shady Side Academy (14-2-1)

2 p.m. – at North Allegheny High School

PSN coveage – Reporting: John Krysinsky | Photography: Ed Thompson

Since PIAA/WPIAL has gone to four classifications in soccer, Shady Side Academy and Quaker Valley, two schools with storied boys soccer programs have met in the WPIAL 2A final each year.

This year, they WPIAL playoff scheduling committee, put an end to that by putting them on the same side of the bracket.

Instead, the two schools will now meet in the semifinals.

Quaker Valley, led by head coach Andrew Marshall, storms into this match looking as strong as ever, with an experienced group led by a trio of captains, Dom Reiter, Fritz Reiter and Tommy Guild who have won its first two playoff matches by a combined score of 17-0 against Beth-Center and Freeport.

Both of the Quakers losses came at the beginning of the season, against defending 2A state champion Fleetwood, at the East-West Classic (we were there for Fleetwood’s OT win), and at the hands of current 3A semifinalist and last year’s PIAA 3A champs, West Allegheny.

Shady Side have been Quaker Valley’s nemesis for the past four years, and in particular, the last two times they’ve met in the WPIAL finals. Each time, Quaker Valley came in as the heavy favorite, and each time they lost late leads, and lost on miraculous moments to Ed Ellsworth’s Shady Side squads.

Quaker Valley has the slightly more experienced squad, but Shady Side was tested by Section 4 champions on Wednesday night, and came through with more playoff magic.

Anania’s golden goal delivers Shady Side another playoff magic moment to eliminate Charleroi

“Wouldn’t that be just about special,” Shady Side’s Head Coach Ed Ellsworth remarked, when learning of match-up with Quaker Valley once again. “We have here is a senior class that doesn’t know anything except get into the WPIAL semifinals. We’ve got two of the most storied programs in Western Pennsylvania.”

After beating Charleroi, Joey Anania, who drilled the game-winner in second overtime, was hoping for the rematch.

“I hope we get to play the number one seed. I hope it’s Quaker Valley. We have a younger core, but we’re all young enough. We know what we’re doing. We’ll be ready for the next match,” Anania said boldly. “I think we can beat the number one seed. We’ll find out soon enough.”


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John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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