Joe Koch profiles the Seneca Valley girls soccer team.
(Photo: Seneca Valley goalie Jessica Neill registered a shutout in the WPIAL championship game. Bill Wade/Post-Gazette)
"There are so many times when a high school soccer game hinges on just one crucial play.
Such was the case at last Friday's WPIAL Class AAA championship game at Highmark Stadium in Station Square as defending champion Seneca Valley was locked in a scoreless battle with upstart Canon-McMillan more than nine minutes into the second half.
With less than 30 minutes and 30 seconds remaining in the game, the Raiders were the beneficiary of a corner kick, which can be one of the sport's most electrifying plays.
Standing on the far end of the Highmark Stadium pitch was senior defender Alicia Hart, the Raiders' corner-kick specialist. Awaiting what she hoped would be a solid kick was junior forward Cassidy Testa, who had plenty of confidence in Hart's ability to efficiently place the ball near the Raiders gathered in the penalty area."