GCC girls punch ticket to PIAA soccer final after win over Steel Valley

Centurions extract revenge after losing to Steel Valley in WPIAL championship

Wed Nov 17, 2021 - 9:32AM

Dan Flickinger Dan Flickinger

Last Updated: Fri Nov 19, 2021 - 1:00AM

Greensburg Central Catholic returns to Hershey for the second straight year after the Centurions earned a 2-1 victory Steel Valley in the PIAA Class A semifinal at Elizabeth Forward on Tuesday night. The Ironmen had defeated GCC just weeks before by the same score in the WPIAL championship game.

After a scoreless first half, Sara Felder got Greensburg Central Catholic on the board in the 50th minute as she booted one into the goal from 20 yards out and it was 1-0. Felder injured her leg with just over 16 minutes left in the first half but returned with a wrap on her right knee to begin the second half.

About 18 minutes after Felder's tally, the Centurions (18-2) added what would become the game-winning goal as Addison Vacanti scored, following a deflected shot by Felder, and it was 2-0 with 27:30 remaining in regulation.

Steel Valley answered quickly, however, as Caitlin Perhacs sent home a rebound off of a free kick from Kelsey Salopek to make it 2-1 in the 56th minute.

The Ironmen nearly tied the contest with under two minutes remaining but GCC keeper Lyndsey Szekely made a point-blank save on Therese Doering.

Greensburg Central Catholic welcomed back its head coach, Olivia Kruger, who gave birth to her first baby on November 5th. She wasn't able to coach in the WPIAL title game.

Central moves on to play District 4 champion Southern Columbia (18-7) in a rematch of last year's state championship in which the Tigers won 2-1. Southern Columbia shut out South Williamsport in the semifinals 2-0.

Saturday's PIAA Class A championship begins at 11 a.m. at Hersheypark Stadium.