Girls soccer ends an impressive season

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Mikalah Smith, Features Editor

After ending the section with an almost perfect record and a perfect record in the conference, the girls soccer team had high hopes for the postseason. The soccer team was left with two more regular season games before advancing to the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League  (WPIAL)  games,  where they were placed in the first seed. 

The girls wrapped up their section games with two wins. On Oct.12, the girls played Eden Christian Academy at home. They came out with a win of 8-0. The following week they headed to South Side, and they won 5-1, bringing their conference record to 10-0. 

Going into the WPIAL playoffs, the girls were seeded No. 1. They hosted their first playoff game and took on 17th-seeded Bishop Canevin on Oct. 22. The girls fought a long game, which led them to victory with a score of 8-0. Senior captain Julia Mohrbacher scored her 100th goal this game. A few days later, the team got back to work to take on the 9th-seeded, Seton LaSalle Setons. The Bulldogs only let two goals into their own net and scored five goals against the opponent, winning 5-2. This led the Bulldogs to the semi-finals. 

The semi-finals game was held at North Allegheny on Oct. 31. The girls took on their rival, Greensburg Central Catholic, who they lost to last year in the semi-finals. The team fought hard and kept up. At the end of the game, the score was 3-3 which led to overtime. No one scored in the first overtime, so the game moved to double overtime, where junior Shaye Bailey got the game-winning goal. The Bulldogs were on their way to Highmark Stadium for the WPIAL championship. 

The championship at Highmark was played on Nov. 4, where the team went up against Springdale, who was in the second seed. The team shut them out 3-0. The Bulldogs received their WPIAL championship gold medals and their trophy, and from there they advanced to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) championship games. 

“My favorite memory was winning the WPIAL championship and blasting music on the bus while singing our hearts out to celebrate getting the win,” Mohrbacher said. 

The team got a home-field advantage for the first round of state playoffs. On Nov. 9, the girls went up against Rockwood, shutting their opponent out 10-0. Bailey got seven goals in the game which led her to break the school record for most goals scored in a game. The team advanced to the quarterfinals against Karns City on Nov. 12. Both teams traveled to Beaver High School to face one another. This game went into double overtime where the Bulldogs came out on top with a score of 4-3. 

After winning, the team advanced to the semi-finals on Nov. 16, where they would meet up against Greensburg Central Catholic once again. Everyone was confident that the team had this win, which was played at Gateway High School. The Bulldogs played hard and shut Greensburg out 3-0. Bailey scored all three goals, receiving a hat trick. This meant the girls were heading to the PIAA championship. 

The PIAA final game was played at Eagle View Middle School on Nov. 18. The Bulldogs were up against Southern Columbia, who the Bulldogs lost to in 2018. Although the team kept up, the Bulldogs ultimately fell short in the end with a score of 5-3. They were awarded silver medals along with their trophy. 

“We’re a very good technical team and we work out a lot of things. We just brought it all together and that combination put us where we are today,” head coach Colin Williams said. 

The girls kept their heads up all season and kept their eyes on the win. Everyone proved that they are ready in any weather condition and ready to win against any team. This season was one to remember for both the athletes and students, and they look forward to the next season and all that they hope to accomplish.