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Previewing the WPIAL soccer championships

By Bill West
CLASS AAA BOYS No. 1 Upper St. Clair vs. No. 3 Peters Township When: 8:15 p.m. Friday Records: Upper St. Clair (19-0-1), Peters Township (17-2) …

Karns City blanks DuBois Central Catholic, captures District 9 soccer championship
By George Guido
It was a fitting way to finish Karns City’s drive to the District 9 boys soccer Class A championship. Senior reserve Austin Haid, who insisted on playing the day after his uncle died, scored his first career goal with 3:51 left to cement the Gremlins’ first district title in seven …
Trib Cup: Canon-McMillan girls ready for Halloween at Highmark
By Brian Graham
The Canon-McMillan girls soccer players will not have the opportunity to go door-to-door in Canonsburg and yell “trick or treat” Friday evening. Instead, the Big Macs’ players will be playing for a WPIAL Class AAA championship against Seneca Valley at 6 p.m. at Highmark Stadium in Station Square. “I don’t …
Karns City girls extend D-9 girls soccer dominance
By George Guido
Two goals in the first four minutes of play Thursday night propelled the Karns City girls soccer team to another District 9 championship. Senior Emily LoPresti scored three goals and sophomore Megan McCartney two as the Gremlins secured the crown with a 6-0 victory over DuBois Central Catholic at Clarion …
High school roundup: Penn-Trafford earns PIAA tourney berth
By Staff Reports
A pair of goals from Taylor Karan clinched Penn-Trafford’s first PIAA tournament berth since 2011 as the No. 5 Warriors defeated Moon, 5-2, in the …
Yough’s season ends with 7-0 whitewash
By Jeff Oliver
The final score read: South Park 7, Yough 0. Ironic that a season that began in historic fashion with shutouts ended with a shutout on …
Sewickley Academy boys soccer heading back to Highmark
By Gary Horvath
Over the past few seasons, members of the Sewickley Academy boys soccer team have learned how to have fun. They’ve also learned how to win, …
Geibel boys soccer season ends with loss to Vincentian
By Jason Black
The most successful season in the history of the Geibel boys soccer program came to an end Wednesday. The 13th-seeded Gators, playing for the right to compete in the PIAA Class A playoffs, dropped a 1-0 decision to Vincentian Academy in the WPIAL Class A consolation final at Peters Township. …
Carlynton girls soccer stunned by early playoff exit
By Nathan Smith
It was a shocking end to the season for the Carlynton girls soccer team. The Cougars fell to South Allegheny, 5-4, in the first round …
Scoring droughts hurt Norwin boys soccer squad
By Alex Oltmanns
Boasting a 12-3 record with just three regular season games remaining, the Norwin boys soccer team had a WPIAL Section 1-AAA title and extended WPIAL …
Herald Spotlight Athlete: SSA keeper played key role in run to quarterfinals
By Marty Stewart
Phil King has been stellar in the net all season for the Shady Side Academy boys soccer team. His play was a big factor in SSA’s run to the quarterfinals in the WPIAL Class AA playoffs. For his efforts, he is The Herald Spotlight Athlete of the Week. He has …
Plum girls soccer team battles through to reach quarterfinals
By Michael Love
The Plum varsity girls soccer team dealt with the adversity of a midseason coaching change and then the spector of possibly missing the WPIAL playoffs …
Penn-Trafford boys have ‘enjoyable’ season of improvement
By Alex Oltmanns
After missing the playoffs each of the previous two seasons, not only did the Penn-Trafford boys soccer team qualify for the postseason in 2014, but …
Hilton lone Gateway player on Section 3-AAA all-star team
By Michael Love
Gateway senior forward Maggie Hilton is one of 19 players to earn Section 3-AAA girls soccer all-star honors as voted on by the section’s eight …
Plenty on the line for Yough, South Park girls
By Jeff Oliver
Two days ago, there were many who thought Yough and South Park would be meeting in a battle of unbeatens in the WPIAL Class AA …
Big 1st half propels Mars girls soccer team past Yough, 3-0
By Bill West
Yough’s girls soccer team made shutdown defense its claim to fame on the way to an unbeaten regular season. Mars forced the Cougars offense to …
Geibel boys soccer team loses 5-0 in WPIAL Class AA semifinals
By Jason Black
The Geibel boys soccer team had a chance to knock off three consecutive higher-seeded teams in this year’s WPIAL Class A playoffs. However, a slow …
Upper St. Clair back in familiar territory; will vie for 1st WPIAL title since 2011
By Ed Phillipps
Despite finding itself in an unfamiliar position at the beginning of the season, the Upper St. Clair boys soccer team now feels right at home. …
Seneca Valley girls soccer team tops Penn-Trafford in shootout for 3rd straight WPIAL final berth
By Ray Judy
The Seneca Valley girls soccer team is headed back to the WPIAL championship. The top-seeded Raiders needed penalty kicks to eliminate Penn-Trafford, 2-1, in a …
High school roundup: Montour girls upset South Park in semis
By Staff Reports
Rachel Wheeler scored off a corner kick in the first half and Jane Schleicher did the same in the second half to give No. 5 …
Geibel soccer enjoying playoff ride, set to face Sewickley Academy in semifinals Monday
By Jason Black
Geibel’s boys soccer team is having a season like no other in the program’s history, and team members are enjoying the ride. The 13th-seeded Gators …
Butler girls soccer program making steady progress
By Joe Sager
The Butler girls soccer team was hoping for a breakthrough this fall. The Golden Tornado wanted to get back to the WPIAL playoffs for the …
Geibel rallies past Greensburg Central Catholic in quarterfinals
By Jason Black
It took 14 years for the Geibel boys soccer program to earn its first playoff victory. The wait was much less for the Gators’ second …
Riverview boys soccer falls to Winchester Thurston in WPIAL quarterfinals
By Dave Yohe
The Riverview boys soccer team came in with a thoughtful game plan and executed it well. But it didn’t get the result it had hoped for. Riverview slowed No. 2-seeded Winchester Thurston but dropped its bid to play in the WPIAL Class A final four with a 1-0 loss Thursday …
South Park boys soccer team makes quick work of Knoch
By George Guido
Knoch got an up-close look at one of the WPIAL’s elite soccer teams Thursday. Top-seeded South Park tallied four goals in the game’s first 17 minutes and cruised to a 5-0 victory in a Class AA quarterfinal at Canonsburg Memorial Stadium. Justin Minda scored three goals, and Duquesne-bound Brandon Walbert …
Thomas Jefferson boys soccer team ousted by West Allegheny
By George Guido
Coming off a win over Ringgold on Monday night, Thomas Jefferson was in an upbeat mood coming into Thursday’s WPIAL quarterfinal against West Allegheny. But the defending Class AA champion Indians had other ideas. A goal off a direct kick just 42 seconds into the match by Collin Wurst set …
Central Catholic boys seal spot in WPIAL semifinals
By Ray Judy
Central Catholic coach Claudio Morini has said his 2014 Vikings are one of the best teams he has coached. They lived up to the hype …
Greensburg Salem girls made strides this season
By Andrew John
Every team’s goal is to make it to the playoffs and hopefully have a deep run with the possibility of winning a championship. The Greensburg …
After preliminary-round win, Hempfield girls fall to Seneca Valley in 1st round
By Kevin Ritchart
The predominant theme for Jeff Palm in his first year coaching the Hempfield girls soccer team has been about finding ways to finish. Whether that …
Led by new coach, Hempfield boys advanced to playoffs for 1st time since 2011
By Ed Phillipps
The hiring of Tom Sochacki as Hempfield’s boys soccer coach had the players hanging their heads. Not in disappointment, but rather to look down at their smartphones to do some sleuthing. “We didn’t know much about him when he first came to the school, so we kind of did a …
High school roundup: Quaker Valley boys advance to semifinals
By Staff Reports
Quaker Valley proved its first-round upset over No. 2 Mars was no fluke as the No. 15 Quakers defeated No. 10 Shady Side Academy, 1-0, on Thursday at Hampton to advance to the WPIAL Class AA boys soccer semifinals. Senior forward Landon Narkevic scored the game’s lone goal on a …
Penn-Trafford’s Mastrogiacomo scores in OT to secure win
By Nathan Smith
For the second time this postseason, Penn-Trafford needed late-game heroics from Maggie Mastrogiacomo to stay alive. Just four days after recording the tying goal in …
Belle Vernon Area girls ousted by Montour
By Bill Hughes
In a battle of section champions, Belle Vernon Area saw its season come to an end Wednesday night at the hands of Montour, 2-1, in …
Yough girls advance with overtime win
By Jeff Oliver
Going into the WPIAL Class AA playoffs, Yough girls’ soccer coach Dann Appolonia wondered how his team would react after it gave up its first …
Shady Side Academy blanks South Allegheny to reach WPIAL girls soccer semifinals
By Dave Mackall
Shady Side Academy was just a little quicker, a little faster, a little better. And it didn’t hurt that the Indians had Elizabeth Harper on …
Passionate approach on the pitch promotes success
By Ray Fisher
There are 11 players on a soccer field — normally two forwards, four midfielders, four defenders and one goalkeeper. The forwards, also known as attackers …