With an enrollment within the guidelines for Class A membership, Shady Side Academy plays up in Class AA by choice. But with the program's success this season, it's no wonder why.
The semifinalists now have a chance to reach its first WPIAL final since 2008 – when they were members of Class A – if they can get by top-seeded West Allegheny, a team battling for its first-ever appearance in the WPIAL finals.
They'll face off Monday at 8:00 p.m. at Moon.
The two teams met in the season's opening game with West Allegheny earning a 2-0 win.
Neither team can find much fault with its performances since that meeting on August 31st.
West Allegheny has yet to drop a decision this season, boasting a 17-0-3 record, with all three draws coming against section foes South Fayette – also a semifinalist – and Quaker Valley. They pieced together strong, successive playoff wins against Mount Pleasant (4-0) and Deer Lakes (3-0) to reach this point.
Zach Graziani is as much of a shutdown defender as you'll find in the WPIAL, while Collin Wurst finished the season with 17 goals. Nick Jaroszynski is a standout in midfield.
No. 4 Shady Side Academy (14-3) hasn't been much worse; it's only dropped one decision since Sept. 6, piecing together a 12-1 mark over that span. Strong showings against Freedom (4-0) and Indiana (3-1) booked its ticket to the semifinals.
Evan Brazinski, Daniel Marous and Chinedu Okoroafor have played key roles in Shady Side Academy's season.