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Riverview boys have title aspirations

By Doug Gulasy
Riverview is getting aggressive in its pursuit of a WPIAL championship this season. Backed by a potentially explosive offense featuring two returning all-WPIAL players, the …

Valley girls soccer team building winning mentality
By Doug Gulasy
In past seasons, the Valley girls soccer team came into games hoping not to lose by too many goals. This year, the Vikings are playing …
South Allegheny girls soccer team seeks elusive PIAA berth
By Dave Mackall
A long winning streak in Section 2-A has fueled South Allegheny’s success during a run of recent years — 27 victories, to be exact. The …
New coach set to lead Greensburg Salem girls soccer
By Andrew John
It’s a new year and a new head coach for the Greensburg Salem girls soccer team. After making the playoffs for the first time in two seasons, the girls soccer team infused some new and young coaching. The Golden Lions (12-6-1, 8-3-1) finished third behind Yough and Mt. Pleasant in …
Hempfield boys soccer adjusting to style change
By Ed Phillipps
The Hempfield boys soccer team was in need of some tough love, and new coach Tom Sochacki is there to provide it. Admittedly a squad that found itself playing sloppy last year, the Spartans went 7-6-3 overall and 5-5-2 in Section 1-AAA. In the offseason, the players realized they could …
Greensburg Salem boys look to replace 8 starters
By Andrew John
Last season, the Greensburg Salem boys soccer team took a step forward, capturing five more wins than the previous season. However, the Golden Lions (8-7-2, 6-5-1) will have to continue their progression without the services of eight starters because of graduation. The Golden Lions were in the same position at …
GCC boys soccer begins new season with young, ambitious coach
By Brian Graham
The Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer team’s dismal fourth-place finish in Section 1-A and 7-10 record led to offseason changes with hopes of turning the …
Thomas Jefferson boys coach anticipating ‘breakout year’ for Dhaubhadel
By Ed Phillipps
Two left feet isn’t what most athletes strive for, but Thomas Jefferson soccer standout Mahesh Dhaubhadel thinks it can take him to the next level. …
Lots of high hopes for Mon Valley boys soccer teams
By Bill Hughes
The boys’ soccer season is about to get under way with area teams showing promise for the upcoming season. Belle Vernon Area hopes to return …
Fox Chapel girls soccer under new leadership
By Marty Stewart
Peter Torres will take over as the coach of the Fox Chapel girls soccer team and is confident that the recent success of the program …
Numerous returnees raises excitement for Plum girls soccer team
By Michael Love
The Plum varsity girls soccer team returns numerous starters and letter winners from last year’s squad that went 9-3 in Section 3-AAA and qualified for …
Plum boys soccer seeks return to AAA playoffs
By Michael Love
When the new Section 3-AAA boys soccer alignment was released in the offseason, 2013 playoff qualifiers Pittsburgh Central Catholic and Allderdice were moved out, and …
Baldwin boys soccer determined to gain playoff berth
By Ray Fisher
There are three playoff berths in Section 4-AAA in boys’ soccer. Head coach Adam Obranovich and the Baldwin Highlanders aim to finish in one of …
Jeannette girls soccer team is young, ready to go
By Dave Moio
Youth — what everyone envies and wants more of, except maybe soccer coaches. Jeannette girls soccer head Coach Brian Snively will deal with the challenges …
Jeannette boys soccer adopts team-first mindset
By Dave Moio
During his first season as Jeannette boys soccer head coach, Mitchell Steele could rely on Bailey Chishko to score goals almost at will. That luxury …
Fit, fast Franklin Regional girls soccer team looks to return to playoffs
By Doug Gulasy
Rich Garland noticed one thing right away when members of the Franklin Regional girls soccer camp reported to camp earlier this month: They were fit. …
Large soccer squad prepares to compete in Ligonier
By Peter Turcik
The Ligonier Valley High School boys soccer team will take the pitch at Weller Field for the first home game of the season Tuesday against …
Balsam back to lead Baldwin girls soccer’s defensive corps
By Ray Fisher
The Baldwin girls’ soccer team is looking for its defense to carry it through the early part of the 2014 season. The Lady Highlanders, the …
Gateway boys soccer team aiming for postseason
By Michael Love
The Gateway varsity boys soccer team finished with four victories overall and three in Section 3-AAA in 2013, but a three-game stretch to close the campaign gave the returning Gators players a boost as they headed into the offseason. Gateway was 2-0-1 in that stretch with a 1-0 win over …
Gateway girls soccer coach cautiously optimistic about season
By Michael Love
Gateway girls soccer head coach Kevin Sanders mixes enthusiasm for his team’s chances coming into the season with the knowledge that his team has a …
Penn-Trafford boys soccer aiming for playoffs
By Doug Gulasy
The Penn-Trafford boys soccer team came agonizingly close to making it back to the WPIAL playoffs last season before ultimately falling short. Heading into 2014, …
Norwin girls looking to continue success under new coach
By Doug Gulasy
As an alumna of the Norwin girls soccer program, Lauren Czapor knows all about the Knights’ winning tradition. After carrying on the tradition as a …
‘Very quality’ seniors to lead way for Franklin Regional boys soccer
By Doug Gulasy
The moment Jake Roberge has been waiting for is finally here. For three years, he and his classmates on the Franklin Regional boys soccer team …
Playoff loss motivates Penn-Trafford girls soccer team
By Doug Gulasy
The Penn-Trafford girls soccer team closed all of its practices the same way during the first week of preseason camp: with penalty kicks. After the …
Norwin boys hoping to break into WPIAL elite
By Doug Gulasy
Norwin’s Scott Schuchert knows the power in WPIAL boys soccer currently lies south of Pittsburgh. He’d like to bring some of that power east. With …
Even after PIAA title streak ends, Peters Township still a targeted program
By Bill West
Peters Township girls soccer coach Pat Vereb yearns to see his team ranked anything other than first in the WPIAL by newspapers and websites. Unfortunately …
Ligonier Valley boys soccer sets sights high
By Kevin Lohman
Ligonier Valley boys soccer coach Kip Crumrine has been around the game long enough to know that a team can fall short of its goals for a variety of reasons. This season, however, Crumrine believes that his Rams have no cause to underwhelm. “In the past we have had talent …
New head coach focusing on team depth for Latrobe boys soccer
By Kevin Ritchart
It takes 11 players to start a game, but it takes a whole team to finish. That’s the philosophy Latrobe boys soccer coach Tom Kennedy …
Former player set to lead Derry soccer
By Alex Oltmanns
Entering the 2014 season, Derry will look to one of its alums to help lead the boys soccer team to new heights. David Nicholson, a 1999 Derry graduate, ascends to the position after spending the last two years as a volunteer assistant on the Trojans sideline. “It’s kind of exciting …
Questions abound for area girls’ soccer teams
By Bill Hughes
The 2014 soccer season begins this weekend, and the local teams all have questions. Can Belle Vernon Area make it a “Baker’s Dozen” by making …
Boys soccer preview: Upper St. Clair looks for PIAA 3-peat with interim coach Mike Blatz
By Bill West
The man who coached Upper St. Clair to PIAA Class AAA soccer titles the past two years, Uwe Schneider, cannot roam the sidelines this fall. …
Girls soccer preview: Defending PIAA champ Central Valley downplays wealth of returning talent
By Bill West
After watching his players finish a humbling scrimmage at Moon last Tuesday, Central Valley girls soccer coach Mark Perry discussed the possibility of a “state …
GCC girls soccer confident it will contend for 3rd PIAA title despite graduations
By Bill West
Senior forward Megan Shearson imagines what the Class A teams around the WPIAL whisper about Greensburg Central Catholic’s chances of three-peating as PIAA girls soccer …
Defending section champ Norwin boys to lean on skill, strategy
By Bill West
Like most of the players on Norwin’s soccer team, Bobby Svec considers it a bit too early in the season to speculate about how well …
Hempfield girls soccer team conditioned for victories
By Ed Phillipps
Whether the soccer season is a race or a marathon, the Hempfield girls are conditioned for both. Under the guidance of first-year coach Jeff Palm, …
Geibel girls soccer team seeks improvement
By Jason Black
Although the Geibel girls soccer team has yet to play a game that counts, one thing appears to be working in the team’s favor compared …