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Hopewell trying to avoid slumps against familiar foes

By Bill West
Hopewell goalkeeper Emilie Hovanec walked off the soccer field emotionally exhausted after each of the Vikings’ four losses to Central Valley last season, the latter …

Greyhounds outlast Charleroi, 2-1
By Jeff Oliver
One of the oldest adages of a Charleroi-Monessen meeting in any sport is you can throw the records out because the rivals will battle closely. …
Ringgold nears 6-AA crown
By Bill Hughes
With a Section 6-AA playoff spot already locked up, Ringgold moved closer to an outright section title with its 9-2 win over Uniontown. “This keeps …
Riverview soccer team falls to Vincentian
By Doug Gulasy
The Vincentian boys soccer team followed its usual formula to lock down a WPIAL playoff spot Tuesday against Riverview. Early goals in both halves and …
Rotation of keepers has Penn-Trafford girls off to 10-1 start with 7 shutouts
By Alex Oltmanns
Entering the season without a goalkeeper equipped with any real varsity experience, the Penn-Trafford girls soccer team was unsure of what to expect out of …
Baldwin boys soccer team bolstered by strong international influence
By Ed Phillipps
Baldwin sophomore Anoj Sharma has played soccer his entire life. It’s a sport he says is in his blood, one with which he has a …
Charleroi, Fedrick get past Char-Houston, 4-1
By Jeff Oliver
After 40 minutes of action, Charleroi girls’ soccer coach Jim Rue had to have been wondering what his team needed to do to beat Section …
Burrell’s Mazary hopes prolific scoring aids push for playoffs
By Doug Gulasy
Corey Mazary thought he and the Burrell boys soccer team got off to a “kind of slow” start in a Section 1-AA game against Greensburg …
Valley notebook: Burrell goalie makes most of opportunity
By Doug Gulasy
Justin Schwartz took the field as a forward growing up, but he hadn’t played in the field for three years until the Burrell boys soccer team’s game against Greensburg Salem last  week. He made the most of the rare opportunity. Schwartz started in goal but moved to right midfielder in …
Kittanning girls soccer battles through low roster numbers
By Matt Grubba
Numbers are dwindling for Kittanning’s girls soccer team, but the effort on the field remains high. It hasn’t been the year the Wildcats hoped for …
Ringgold flourishing as it changes formation, moves players to new positions
By Bill West
With his team already adapting to a move back down to  Class AA boys soccer, third-year Ringgold coach Frank Perez pushed his Rams to an …
West Mifflin girls soccer battling for playoff spot
By Ed Phillipps
Nearing the end of the regular season, the West Mifflin girls soccer team finds itself in an unfamiliar position: fighting for a playoff spot. At …
Gorman: ‘Doc’ sitting on 300th win
By Kevin Gorman
Michael ‘Doc’ Kulish doesn’t count the two games he won as interim coach at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in the 1970s. But …
High school roundup: Peters Township, USC girls tie in battle of top teams
By Staff Reports
The top two girls soccer teams in WPIAL Class AAA squared off in a highly-anticipated nonsection matchup Monday night, but the debate about which team is better will have to wait to be settled. No. 1 Upper St. Clair played to a 1-1 tie with No. 2 Peters Township after …
Steel Valley girls look for return to playoff form
By Dave Mackall
Coach Bill Abraham has been looking forward to the time when his Steel Valley girls soccer team might make another run at a section title. He doesn’t think it’s too far off. “We’ve got a small group of girls this year, but they’re very, very coachable, a real joy to …
Cal Area stuns listless Monessen
By Jeff Oliver
What is wrong with the Monessen Greyhounds? That is certainly a question Sam Perry would like to know the answer to. Just six days after …
Trib Cup: Bethel Park girls soccer again has look of WPIAL contender
By Brian Graham
Jon Gentile went into summer training camps unsure what his Bethel Park girls soccer team was capable of after finishing third in the WPIAL last year. When summer camps concluded, Gentile felt at ease knowing he had another talented group that would vie for a section title. The Black Hawks …
Sophomore Cartwright steps out of the shadows to fill the net for GCC girls
By Alex Oltmanns
Just a freshman a year ago and playing alongside two of the best players in the WPIAL, Bailey Cartwright certainly did not lead opposing teams’ …
High school roundup: No. 5 Penn-Trafford boys stay unbeaten
By Staff Reports
Galen Kruetzberger and Austin Kruetzberger scored a goal apiece in the first half to lead Class AAA No. 5 Penn-Trafford to a 2-1 win over …
Now or never for Chartiers Valley girls soccer seniors
By Nathan Smith
The 11 seniors on the Chartiers Valley girls soccer team have one more chance. The Colts are on a playoff drought that dates back to …
Ligonier Valley soccer team wins 3
By Peter Turcik
The Ligonier Valley High School Rams’ offense has continued to dominate in wins against Windber and Belleville Mennonite School, which brings the boys soccer team …
Lady Rams dominate, win 3
By Ligonier Echo
Ligonier Valley Lady Rams soccer team dominated play, started great and came out on top against Windber 2-1 in overtime on Sept. 12. LV had an absolute dominant first half. “This was the best possession they’ve had yet this season. They simply were unable to break through the Windber defense …
BVA, Yough girls stay unbeaten, near section titles
By Bill Hughes
Belle Vernon Area’s girls’ soccer team moved closer to the Section 4-AA crown with its come-from-behind, 2-1, win at McGuffey Wednesday. The Leopards need one more win to wrap up the section title, but found the going tough against McGuffey (4-6-1, 4-4). “We had the ball in their end but …
Quaker Valley girls soccer team searches for consistency
By Gary Horvath
For a few minutes in the first half of the Quaker Valley girls soccer team’s game against Montour last Thursday, it looked like the Quakers’ …
Sewickley Academy boys soccer not content with dominant start
By Gary Horvath
When Sewickley Academy junior goalie Jackson O’Neill talks, his teammates listen. In the Panthers’ 7-1 win over OLSH on Saturday, O’Neill’s voice frequently was heard roaring above the noise of the game to direct his defense or make it known to everyone in attendance that he was coming for the …
Carlynton girls soccer getting serious
By Nathan Smith
Coming into the season, the Carlynton girls soccer team had a to-do list: beat Avonworth, Vincentian Academy and Bishop Canevin. “We have beaten Avonworth and …
Quartet of Brentwood girls embrace roles on the boys soccer squad
By Ed Phillipps
As a girl playing on the boys’ soccer team, Brentwood’s Shelby Stockline is a rare breed. Stockline, one of four girls in the boys’ soccer …
Shady Side Academy boys soccer rolling under new coach
By Marty Stewart
The Shady Side Academy boys soccer team, under the leadership of new coach Graeme Dunlap, has gotten off to a strong start in WPIAL Section …
Penn Hills girls soccer squad looks to second half of season for turnaround
By Ed Phillips
A four-game losing streak to begin the season was not what the Penn Hills girls soccer team had in mind. But instead of dwelling on …
Jeannette girls battling through offense, numbers issues
By Dave Moio
Typically, goals are at a premium in soccer. For the Jeannette Lady Jayhawks, they are even more precious. Jeannette has managed just one goal in …
Plum girls soccer squad moves on with new head coach
By Michael Love
The Plum varsity girls soccer team again is in the mix for a WPIAL Class AAA playoff spot, and it has gone through some ups …
Gateway boys soccer continues push up standings
By Michael Love
The Gateway varsity boys soccer team won three out of 12 Section 3-AAA games last year. This fall, the Gators have reached that win total after just six games, and head coach Chris Duda hopes his players can keep pushing into the upper half of the section standings. Gateway, 3-3 …
High school roundup: Moon girls snap Peters Township’s 27-game section unbeaten streak
By Staff Reports
Kallie Conte’s second-half goal proved to be the difference maker, as No. 5 Moon upset top-ranked Peters Township, 3-2, in Section 4-AAA girls soccer Wednesday night. Delaney Snyder and Megan Schoeneweis gave Moon (10-1, 6-1) an early 2-0 lead, but Peters Township (9-1, 6-1) scored twice in the second half. …
Seneca Valley piling up shutouts as it eyes return to PIAA playoffs
By Bill West
If the Seneca Valley girls soccer team’s shutout trend continues, senior goalkeeper Jessica Neill might leave the school with a lifetime supply of lollipops. Neill …
Fox Chapel wins thriller
By Doug Gulasy
Fox Chapel soccer coach Erik Ingram wanted his team to play hard between the whistles in its game against Kiski Area on  Tuesday night. It …
Latrobe’s Ava Petrosky transitions from all-section defender to star scorer
By Bill West
Latrobe senior Ava Petrosky understood why her soccer teammates laughed when they learned she, a 2013 all-section defender, would move to forward this season. The …