North Xtra: Junior midfielder excels at Shady Side

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Maggie Scott spent her first two seasons playing soccer at Shady Side Academy setting the program career scoring record.

She will now spend the final two seasons of her high school soccer career making sure that record stays around for a long time. Scott, a junior attacking central midfielder, has led the Indians in scoring the past three seasons.

She scored 23 regular-season goals as a freshman, 25 as a sophomore and 20 this season.

Despite leading the team in scoring for three seasons Scott does not feel obligated to fill up the net in order for her team to succeed.

"I wouldn't say they rely on me to score goals, that is just my position," Scott said.

Scott, a Fox Chapel resident, grew up playing in the Fox Chapel recreational league as well as with the Beadling club team system, where she still plays.

Her scoring has not just been limited to the regular season. As a freshman, she tallied two goals in a huge upset win against Springdale in the WPIAL semifinals. As a sophomore Scott scored nine postseason goals.

And this season, Scott wasted no time in making her impact felt in these playoffs as she scored four goals for No. 4-seeded Shady Side Academy in its 7-1 first-round win against Bentworth (10-7-1) on Oct. 20. The Indians then defeated previously South Allegheny (17-0) in the WPIAL quarterfinals last week in decisive fashion, winning, 8-0, as Scott netted three more goals.

Shady Side (14-4-1) played Greensburg Central Catholic in the semifinals Wednesday night. Shady Side was runner-up to Greensburg CC in Section 4-A during the regular season.

If Shady Side loses to GCC, the Indians will play in the third-place consolation game Saturday with the winner advancing to the PIAA tournament. If they win they'll play the winner of the Sewickley Academy/Mohawk game.

Scott has enjoyed plenty of individual success since arriving at Shady Side in 2010 but also plenty of team success. The Indians went 19-5 and won a WPIAL championship her freshmen year while also advancing to the PIAA quarterfinals.

Last year as Scott set the career scoring record at the program but also helped lead the Indians to the WPIAL semifinals and PIAA quarterfinals.

The Indians utilize a 4-5-1 formation for the most part.

"I get a lot of breakaway opportunities," Scott said. "So the player who plays high forward will play the ball back to me, so I can shoot it from the top of the 18 [foot mark]."

After scoring 23 regular-season goals as a freshman, Scott started showing up on opposing coaches radars. By her sophomore year she was being marked in most games and she has been this season as well.

Shady Side Academy went 10-2 in Section 4-A to finish in second place, its best mark since in the past three seasons. Second place in Section 4-A is quite the accomplishment considering the section is home to Class A powerhouses Springdale and Greensburg Central Catholic.

In her three seasons at Shady Side Academy, between regular season and postseason meetings, Scott has faced the Dynamos and Centurions 16 times.

Since 2010 Greensburg Central Catholic has compiled a record of 54-7-1 while Springdale has gone 44-24-3. Springdale reached the WPIAL Class A final in 2010 and PIAA Class A final in 2011. Greensburg Central Catholic won the WPIAL Class A title last year and is the top-seeded team in the Class A field this season.

Scott doesn't mind the competition.

"We definitely get excited to play [both teams]," Scott said. "I do like playing in our section. It is nice to have some harder competition going into the playoffs, that way we are ready."

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