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Trib Cup: Mohawk girls soccer chasing elusive section title

By Brian Graham
There are no girls soccer section championship banners in the Mohawk gymnasium. That observation made for passionate conversation between coach Lisa Kwolek and her team in the offseason. The result: an “all hands on deck” desire to win the program’s first section title in school history. “You ask about realistic …

EF boys soccer team hopes more players means more success
By Dave Mackall
After a brief respite, the numbers are on the rise with the Elizabeth Forward boys soccer team. With it, the Warriors are hoping for better …
BVA boys outlast Yough, 1-0
By Bill Hughes
Belle Vernon Area stayed in the playoff hunt in Section 3 AA with a hard-earned 1-0 win over visiting Yough Thursday at Jim Weir Stadium. …
Geibel boys secure 4th straight shutout victory
By Jason Black
Eight games into the season, the Geibel boys soccer team appears to have everything necessary to be a force in Class A. The Gators have …
High school roundup: No. 1 USC edges No. 2 Peters Township in boys soccer
By Staff Reports
Adam Heil scored off an assist from Robbie Merz with 17 minutes remaining to lead No. 1 Upper St. Clair to a 1-0 victory over No. 2 Peters Township in a Section 5-AAA matchup Thursday night at Panther Stadium. Kenny Rapko earned the shutout in goal. Two-time defending PIAA champion …
High school roundup: Bethel Park girls edge Baldwin in double OT
By Staff Reports
Marisa Johnson scored her second goal of the game five minutes into double overtime to give Bethel Park a 3-2 victory over Baldwin on Wednesday night. Megan Barr also scored for Bethel Park (5-3-1, 5-0-1). Pine-Richland 6, Shaler 0 — Amanda Kalin scored two goals to help Pine-Richland (7-2, 4-2) …
Monessen, Geibel to battle for 4-A top spot
By Jeff Oliver
When Monessen hosts Geibel in a Section 4 A game Saturday, there will be plenty on the line. It will be a battle of two …
Charleroi Soccer Hall will welcome Duritza
By Jeff Oliver
Don Duritza certainly left his mark at Charleroi Area High School. As a student/athlete, Duritza played soccer, basketball and baseball for the Cougars before he graduated in 1982. His career spanned four years in soccer, three in basketball and two in baseball. After going to California University of Pennsylvania, where …
Charleroi ready for showdown
By Bill Hughes
Section 2 A girls’ soccer leader Charleroi Area geared up for a showdown Thursday at second place South Allegheny with a 7-0 win at Monessen. …
Mars girls extend section win streak to 62
By Doug Gulasy
The players keep changing, but Mars’ Section 2-AA undefeated run keeps going. Class AA No. 4 Mars (7-1, 6-0) extended its section unbeaten streak to …
Quaker Valley boys soccer team plays through gauntlet
By Gary Horvath
The Quaker Valley boys soccer team may have had the toughest start to its schedule of anyone in the WPIAL. The Quakers opened their season …
Jeannette boys soccer team stays positive despite losses
By Dave Moio
Two games into the season, Jeannette boys soccer head coach Mitchell Steele saw evidence of progress despite his team’s 0-2 start. Two weeks and four …
Sewickley Academy girls soccer team hits its stride
By Gary Horvath
To be a member of the Sewickley Academy girls soccer team this season, you have to be flexible. With one of her more balanced teams …
Penn-Trafford girls soccer team clamping down on defense
By Nathan Smith
Coming into a season where a new goalie news to be broken in, one might expect a soccer team to go through some growing pains. …
Franklin Regional boys continue to work overtime to stay atop section
By Michael Love
The Franklin Regional boys soccer team stands alone at the top of the Section 3-AAA standings at 4-0 with three of the wins coming in …
Gateway boys soccer team breaks out in big way against Burrell
By Michael Love
The Gateway varsity boys soccer team had lost three games in a row heading into Monday’s nonsection contest against Burrell at Gateway’s Antimarino Stadium. Included …
Plum boys soccer team set for 1st matchup with rival Gateway
By Michael Love
The last two times the Gateway and Plum varsity boys soccer teams played at Plum’s Mustangs Stadium, the results were dramatic and in favor of the Mustangs. Two years ago, the teams needed overtime to decide the outcome of the Section 3-AAA contest, and Plum prevailed, 3-2. Last year, a …
Veteran Pine-Richland keeper a reliable presence for Rams
By Jerry Clark
In soccer, every position is important. But perhaps none is more important than the last line of defense: the goalie. Having a smart, athletic player …
First half dooms Gateway girls soccer team in section loss to Fox Chapel
By Michael Love
The Gateway varsity girls soccer team hoped a 10-goal outburst against struggling McKeesport on Friday would get them out of a scoring drought that plagued them last week in shutout losses to Franklin Regional and Kiski Area. The Gators visited a Fox Chapel team Monday that also has had its …
Charleroi shut out by Geibel
By Bill Hughes
Heading into Tuesday’s Section 4 A showdown with Geibel Catholic, Charleroi Area coach Ron Hostovich knew the Gators’ James Ewing and Bailey McIntyre were going …
Yough girls soccer remains Section 1-AA power with deliberate, defensive style
By Bill West
To move forward as a program, the Yough girls soccer team got used to going backwards with the ball. The Cougars, who claimed their first …
High school roundup: Central Catholic tops Franklin Regional to stay unbeaten
By Staff Reports
Jared McDowell scored the game’s lone goal to help fifth-ranked Central Catholic to a 1-0 victory over No. 4 Franklin Regional (4-2, 4-0) in a nonsection boys soccer game Tuesday night at Highmark Stadium. Goalie Anthony Tirone recorded the shutout for the Vikings (7-0, 4-0) in a matchup of top-five …
Peters is thriving with help from sibling pairs, including star twins
By Bill West
Keep an ear out for boys soccer coaches to mutter “Oh brother” when their teams play Peters Township this fall. Make that: Oh brothers. Sibling …
Serra boys soccer preps for early-season clash
By Kevin Ritchart
The Section 1-A championship won’t be decided September, but the winner of Tuesday’s game between Serra Catholic and Winchester Thurston at Founders Field in Cheswick …
7th shutout for BVA girls
By Bill Hughes
School history was made Monday night at James Weir Stadium as the BVA girls recorded their seventh straight shutout in a 7-0 Section 4 AA …
High-scoring Indiana boys soccer prioritizes patience and more possession
By Bill West
An impulse to score as soon and as often as possible dictated many of the in-game decisions made by players on the Indiana boys soccer …
Deer Lakes soccer coach can relate to his players
By Doug Gulasy
It’s only been seven years since Josh Potter last suited up for the Deer Lakes High School soccer team. But even though he finds himself …
High school soccer notebook: Long-distance goal earns coach’s praise
By Doug Gulasy
Kiski Area boys soccer coach Sean Arnold played soccer at the high school,  collegiate and semipro level. At no point did he see a goal like the one Cavaliers senior Dakota Lange scored off a kickoff last week. Lange, a senior striker, took a tapped pass from Tyler Young and …
High school roundup: Penn-Trafford girls continue winning run
By Staff Reports
The Penn-Trafford girls soccer team keeps winning and doing so decisively. The Warriors defeated Hempfield, 4-0, in Section 1-AAA play Monday night to remain unbeaten …
Long wait is over for Apollo-Ridge girls soccer team
By Matt Grubba
Two weeks after the official start of soccer season, Apollo-Ridge raised the curtain on its newest program. The Vikings’ girls soccer team took the field …
Butler boys soccer team anticipates tight section race
By Joe Sager
Butler Area’s boys soccer team realizes there’s a fine line between getting back to the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs and sitting at home. With a …
Trib Cup: Unbeaten Belle Vernon girls soccer yet to be scored upon
By Brian Graham
The Belle Vernon girls soccer team raced out to a 6-0 record with a pair of wins in the South Fayette tournament and four consecutive Section 4-AA wins. Coach Paul Sasko is happy with the Leopards’ ferocious start, but knows the tide can turn without consistent play in the heart …
Roundup: Monessen dominates Charleroi
By Jeff Oliver
Going into Thursday’s Section 4 A game against Charleroi, Monessen coach Sam Perry said the game would be the first true test for the unbeaten …
High school roundup: Allderdice takes down Westinghouse
By Staff Reports
James Jackson threw for 105 yards and two touchdowns, as Allderdice earned a 48-8 win over Westinghouse in City League play Thursday night at Cupples Stadium. Tim Jackson caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from his brother and also returned a punt 51 yards for another score. Jeremiah Hardrick and Joe …
Greensburg high school roundup: Penn-Trafford boys remain unbeaten
By Staff Reports
Galen Kreutzberger and Jack Bethune scored and the Warriors defense made the score stand as Penn-Trafford earned a 2-0 win over Connellsville in Section 1-AAA boys soccer Thursday night. The Warriors (4-0, 2-0) have outscored opponents 8-0. Latrobe 4, Albert Gallatin 0 — Dylan Guidera and Joe Russo combined for …
Shutouts against Plum, Gateway have Franklin Regional girls off to strong start
By Michael Love
The Franklin Regional varsity girls soccer team got pretty defensive over its first three Section 3-AAA soccer games. The Panthers outscored Penn Hills, Plum and …