Team Details

Soccer - Varsity Boys

Boys Varsity Soccer Team

Image courtesy of Anthony Goodwin.

The Shady Side Academy boys soccer program is among the oldest in Western Pennsylvania, having started in 1928 with a four-game schedule. Two years later, play began in the Interstate Prep School League (IPSL). Shady Side joined the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) in 1993, playing in both leagues until 1999. SSA has won a total of 20 IPSL titles and 11 WPIAL section titles. In 2010, the team opted to move up to WPIAL Class AA soccer after six years at the Class A level. Each year, since 2011, the team has made the WPIAL Class AA Playoffs. In 2016, the team was the WPIAL Class AA runner-up and a PIAA Championships semifinalist. The team set a record for shutouts (13). In 2017, the team won their first WPIAL Class AA title and was a PIAA Championship quarterfinalist. In 2018, the team won the WPIALL Class AA title and was a PIAA 2A Championship semifinalist.

Preseason Letter

Team Schedule

WPIAL Class 2A Boys Soccer Championship, Waynesburg Central High School
Upper St. Clair High School
Win 4-0
WPIAL Class 2A Boys Soccer Championship, Charleroi HS
Plum High School
WPIAL Boys Soccer Championships, Quaker Valley
North Allegheny High School
Loss 0-2
WPIAL Consolation Game, South Park
Mars Athletic Complex
Win 3-1
PIAA First Round, Mercyhurst Prep
Hagerty Family Events Center
Loss 1-2

Coach Info

Head Coach Ed Ellsworth

Ed Ellsworth

Ed Ellsworth joined Shady Side Academy as the head boys' varsity soccer coach in 2015 and led the team to its first WPIAL title in 2017. Coach Ellsworth was the assistant head coach at Pine-Richland for 10 years. He is presently the Arsenal Football Club Head Coach (U10-18’s) since 1999, leading them to eight Pennsylvania West State Championships. Coach Ellsworth has been instrumental in training 20 of the 2014 All Section players and 3 All-WPIAL players

Assistant Coach Nathan Verbanets

Nathan Verbanets joined SSA as assistant director of programs in 2011 after having served as assistant director of SSA's Day Camp Discovery. He became the director of auxiliary programs in 2014. He has coached the SSA JV and Middle School boys soccer teams for three years as well as for the Allegheny Force Football Club. He grew up playing soccer in Western Pennsylvania and while at the University of Pittsburgh, he helped to create the Pitt Men’s Club Soccer Team as a player and coach.