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WPIAL Soccer Playoffs: Comeback of the Centurians (Photo Gallery)

Photo courtesy Ed Thompson

The WPIAL Boys and Girls Soccer playoffs have provided some exciting games over the course of the past week and a half, but very few had the dramatics of an 11-goal outburst which also included a remarkable come-from-behind effort from the defending Class 1A boys champs, Greensburg Central Catholic to defeat No. 5 Eden Christian, 6-5, in a WPIAL Class A boys soccer semifinal at West Mifflin.

The Centurians were trailing throughout its semifinal round contest against Eden Catholic until late in the second half.

They were behind 2-0, 4-1, then 5-2 before they began an impressive charge to come all the way back from those deficits.

Eventually they would tie the match, sending it to overtime.

With five minutes remaining in extra time, it was a freshman, Jackson Vacanti, who delivered the game winner from an assist from junior Carlos Denis.

“I knew it was coming to me,” Vacanti told Pittsburgh Tribune-Review‘s Bill Beckner. “I just got ready and put it in. Carlo gave me a great pass. Amazing.”

“Our whole team doesn’t want to lose. They’ll do whatever it takes.”

Ed Thompson Photo Gallery 

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Remarkably, GCC, was without its leading scorer, Mason Fabean, who was sitting out the match due being sent off with a red card late in the quarterfinal win against Springdale.

Greensburg Central Catholic will now face Winchester Thurston (18-0-1) for the title at 8 p.m. Friday at Highmark Stadium.

The teams have met in the last two title games.

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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).

Riverhounds MF Danny Griffin

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