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New Kiski Area boys soccer coach embraces teaching the game

By Bill West
Sean Arnold’s abundance of soccer instincts allowed him to earn playing time at every position on the field, including goaltender, during his four-year career at …

MacKenzie ready for first season as Chartiers Valley boys soccer coach
By Nathan Smith
It has been 13 years since the Chartiers Valley boys soccer team won its last WPIAL title. First-year coach Garrett MacKenzie was a member of that squad and believes the program can get back to that success. “It won’t be overnight,” MacKenzie said. “It will take a lot of work. …
Plum, Burrell soccer players get kicks across pond
By Michael Love
Last year, Plum’s Christine Tamburri and Nicolette Casarcia had hopes of being part of a team of American soccer players that would cross the Atlantic …
New Kittanning coach hopes to field winner in school’s final season
By Matt Grubba
The Kittanning boys soccer program technically is entering its final season, but Kirk Weber hopes to build it up. Weber, an assistant under previous coach Colby Owen, was approved by the Armstrong School Board this spring as Kittanning’s new coach and hopes to get things moving in a positive direction …
Kittanning soccer clinic fosters growth
By Matt Grubba
As the World Cup rolled through its first weekend, a group of local girls also got a chance to get out on the soccer field. …
Western Pennsylvania soccer showcase brings top college prospects together
By Matt Grubba
There’s no shortage of events that draw Division I coaches to Western Pennsylvania for sports such as football and wrestling. For soccer, on the other …
Duffy leaving as Fox Chapel girls soccer coach
By Marty Stewart
Erik Duffy, who has been the coach of the Fox Chapel girls soccer team the past six seasons, is resigning after a job relocation. During Duffy’s tenure, the Foxes were regular participants in the WPIAL playoffs. “I was there six seasons, and the team made the playoffs every year,” he …
Familiar faces to lead Hempfield soccer squads
By Kevin Lohman
Hempfield recently hired new soccer coaches for its boys and girls programs and didn’t have to go far to find them. Both familiar faces around Westmoreland County, Jeff Palm will head the girls program, and Tom Sochacki will take over as the leader of the boys program. Both men boast …
Knoch girls soccer standout keeps Gannon family tradition going
By D.j. Vasil
For Knoch senior Olivia Sharbaugh, committing to Gannon University was about more than playing soccer. It was about a family tradition. Sharbaugh’s sister, Amanda, was …
Hempfield soccer standout awarded prestigious scholarship
By Kevin Lohman
After completing an arduous and competitive selection process, Wheeling Jesuit University has awarded their esteemed Stephen J. Laut scholarship to Hempfield senior Megan Boyle. The …
Apollo-Ridge goalie Bonelli rises through ranks
By Matt Grubba
Even without being able to play for her school, Megan Bonelli has become one of the area’s top high school-aged soccer players. Bonelli, a sophomore …
New Greensburg Salem soccer coach brings passion to program
By Kevin Lohman
Jaclyn Fawcett always excelled on the soccer field during her playing days. Now, as the newly named coach of the Greensburg Salem girls soccer team, Fawcett is prepared to prove her prowess on the sidelines. Fawcett, a former standout at Penn-Trafford, acted as captain of the girls soccer team at …
McAneny named new Bishop Canevin girls soccer coach
By Nathan Smith
The Bishop Canevin girls soccer team will have its third coach in as many seasons when it takes the field this fall. After Ted Perri retired from the position in 2012, Jared Steigerwald took over in 2013. The first-year coach led the Crusaders to their most successful season in program …
EF girls soccer star selects Fordham
By Mark Kaboly
When it came to picking a place to play college soccer, Elizabeth Forward’s Rachel Collage had one requirement. “It had to be a school in …
New coach tries to right West Shamokin’s boys soccer program
By Matt Grubba
It has been a school year in which West Shamokin’s football team and basketball programs have excelled, and Joe Treglia hopes he can help another of the school’s programs turn into a success story. Treglia, an assistant principal at West Shamokin High School, became the school’s boys soccer coach after …
Franklin Regional soccer making ‘homecoming’ in 2014-15
By Doug Gulasy
Franklin Regional soccer is on the move again. Two seasons after the boys and soccer programs moved from Section 3-AAA to Section 1, both Panthers …
Norwin school board opens position of girls soccer coach
By Doug Gulasy
The Norwin School Board last week voted to open the position of girls soccer coach, which Jeff Palm held for the past four seasons, to other applicants. Athletic director Brandon Rapp said the district evaluates head coaches after the completion of each sports season, and the board made the decisions …
Serra girls soccer coach Manfredi resigns
By Dave Mackall
Ed Manfredi, who guided the Serra Catholic girls soccer team to WPIAL playoffs appearances in four consecutive seasons, has resigned to spend more time with his family. Manfredi, 60, a longtime teacher in the Brentwood and West Mifflin school districts, compiled an overall record of 55-29-4, including 10-8 in 2013 …
Kiernan, Alexander named Pittsburgh Trib soccer players of the year
By Jason Mackey
2013 soccer players of the year Troye Kiernan | Senior, Midfielder, Upper St. Clair There were times when the Upper St. Clair boys soccer team …
Perez, Crouse named Greensburg Trib soccer players of the year
By Jason Mackey
2013 soccer players of the year Jeremy Perez | senior, forward, ringgold Jeremy Perez more than validated his coach’s desire to move him from the …
Spagnolo, Odom named VND Soccer Players of the Year
By Bill West
2013 Valley News Dispatch soccer players of the year tom spagnolo | Senior, forward, burrell Each of Burrell’s Spagnolo brothers enjoyed success on the soccer …
Seneca Valley soccer captains savor one last match
By Jerry Clark
Although the past couple of seasons saw the Seneca Valley boys soccer team enjoy much success, the end of an era came late this fall …
Shady Side Academy soccer players honored
By Marty Stewart
Five players on the Shady Side Academy boys varsity soccer team, as well as the team’s head coach, have earned WPIAL section honors for the …
Southmoreland boys team overcame much in playoff run
By Paul Paterra
The 2013 season for the Southmoreland boys’ soccer team had a little bit of everything. There was the joy of the school’s first playoff win …
Southmoreland’s Zeleznik caps season with all-star honors
By Jason Black
When the Southmoreland boys soccer team took the field for the WPIAL playoffs this past season, one of its top stars was not on top …
Plum duo selected to all-star game
By Michael Love
Plum seniors Corey Williams and Stephen Hemmerle have been selected to play in Saturday’s Western Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association all-star event at the main stadium …
Trib Cup: PIAA runner-up West Allegheny reflects on special season
By Justin Criado
West Allegheny’s boys soccer team allowed only one goal all postseason, and even though that lone goal proved to be detrimental, the Indians finished off the best season in school history as PIAA runners-up. “We only let up one goal throughout the playoffs,” junior striker Collin Wurst said. “Sadly, it …
Greensburg Central Catholic girls reflect on 2nd straight PIAA title
By Ed Phillipps
This season was not another perfect sweep of titles for the Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer team, but it sure had a perfect ending. A …
Sewickley Academy boys celebrate state soccer championship
By Nathan Smith
After reaching the PIAA Class A title game last season, the 2013 Sewickley Academy boys soccer team came in with high expectations. Friday, the Panthers …
Sewickley Academy girls soccer seniors cap special season, careers in PIAA playoffs
By Nathan Smith
When the Sewickley Academy girls soccer team fell to Wilmington, 2-1, in the first round of the PIAA playoffs, it marked the end of a …
GCC’s Fabean caps amazing career
By The Valley Independent
Donora resident Malea Fabean recently capped an outstanding scholastic soccer career at Greensburg Central Catholic by helping to lead GCC (21-2) to a second straight …
Upper St. Clair boys soccer cruises to 2nd PIAA title in a row
By Jason Mackey
Joel Hart’s PIAA medal ripped away from the ribbon that hung from his neck while he and the rest of the Upper St. Clair boys …
Central Valley wins PIAA Class AA girls soccer championship
By Jason Mackey
HERSHEY — The perfect ending to a perfect season. That’s what the Central Valley girls soccer team experienced after topping District 3 runner-up Trinity, 2-1, …
West Allegheny falls in PIAA boys soccer final on late goal
By Jason Mackey
HERSHEY — Moments after the West Allegheny boys soccer team’s 1-0 overtime loss to Holy Ghost Prep in Saturday’s PIAA Class AA championship game, Indians …
Greensburg Central Catholic girls defend PIAA soccer championship
By Jason Mackey
HERSHEY — Fran Crouse was unhappy with the way the Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer team worked in the first half of Friday’s PIAA Class …
Sewickley Academy wins 3rd PIAA soccer title
By Jason Mackey
HERSHEY — Anthony Stinson was in the right spot at the right time. As a result, the Sewickley Academy boys soccer team wound up in …