Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Joe Koch profiles the Shady Side Academy field hockey team. Click here to read his story.
"In its illustrious field hockey history, Shady Side Academy has won 13 WPIAL Class AA championships, but none may have been more satisfying than the most recent one captured last week when the third-seeded Indians rallied from a one-goal deficit to defeat top-seeded Winchester Thurston, 2-1, with one minute left in overtime.
That victory followed a 2-1 semifinal victory against The Ellis School that was decided by penalty strokes, the sport's version of penalty kicks in soccer.
"There's a different team each year, and they had to learn how to play together to pull off these wins," Indians coach Erin Weir said.
Her team finished the season 9-8-2 after Tuesday's PIAA Class AA first-round game against District 5 champion Forbes Road. The Indians lost to the team from Fulton County, 5-1."