In the past, Class AA powerhouse South Park has routinely played competition from Class AAA. This year, even with one of her smaller teams (size-wise), South Park coach Shelly Thropp was not about change her scheduling habits. The Eagles opened the season in the South Hills Classic, playing Class AAA programs Mt. Lebanon and State College. South Park shutout Mt. Lebanon 1-0 and defeated State College 3-2.
"First of all the biggest thing you see is their physicality," Thropp said of playing Class AAA teams. "The game is so different, a lot of times you worry about them not being strong and not being able to play and compete against those teams. That is one thing you are pleasantly suprsied about, they can handle the size."
On Wednesday, South Park stayed unbeaten when it tied Class AAA Bethel Park 1-1. The games help the Eagles get ready for the postseason. They still play at Chartiers Valley and at Upper St. Clair later this season.