The York Catholic girls' soccer team made history just by making the PIAA Tournament for the first time in program history.

The Lady Irish, however, weren't satisfied with just earning a state berth.

Tuesday evening, the Irish captured the program's first-ever state triumph, downing Bishop McCort, 2-0, in a Class A first-round contest at Richland High School in Johnstown.

York Catholic won the game despite playing in McCort's backyard. McCort, the District 6-A champion, is also located in Johnstown, which approximately a three-hour drive from York.

York Catholic, which is the third-place team from District 3, improved to 15-7 on the season. McCort finished at 12-8.

Natasha Vadas and freshman Liz Johnson scored York's goals, with one goal coming in each half. Lisa Casagrande assisted on Johnson's second-half score.

York Catholic sophomore Hannah Laslo picked up the victory in goal, making two saves. Laslo was playing on familiar turf. She was the goalkeeper for Richland's District 6-A champion girls' soccer team last fall before transferring to York Catholic last November. Laslo's mother is a former basketball standout for McCort.

York Catholic dominated statistically, outshooting McCort, 15-2, and holding a 4-1 edge in corners.


The Irish will move on to the state quarterfinals on Saturday to take on District 7 champion Greensburg Central Catholic, which crushed District 9 champion Karns City, 7-2, in a first-round state contest on Tuesday. The site and time for Saturday's York Catholic-Greensburg Central Catholic game have yet to be determined.

Greensburg Central Catholic is 20-1 on the season.