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Yough soccer coaches hold WPIAL title aspirations

By Dave Mackall
They were Danny and Ronnie while growing up in Monongahela, two young guys who appeared inseparable. Their love for soccer mirrored their devotion to each …

Freeport falls prey to Montour firepower
By Matt Grubba
Freeport’s stay in the WPIAL girls soccer playoffs was short, but its coaches hope it also was meaningful. Victoria Kocsuta scored four goals, and Jane Schleicher had two to lead No. 5 Montour to a win at home over the 12th-seeded Yellowjackets, 8-1, in the WPIAL Class AA first round …
Roundup: S. Allegheny stuns Carlynton in girls soccer playoffs
By Staff Reports
Nina Tyszkiewicz and Amber Brownsfield scored twice each, and Haley Wackowski added a goal as No. 7 South Allegheny earned a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over …
Second-half adjustments help Burrell boys soccer win in 2OT
By Doug Gulasy
Members of the Burrell boys soccer team came out for the second overtime of their game against West Mifflin on Saturday afternoon with hands on their hips, tired after 95 minutes of play. The Bucs found their second wind quickly. Joey Cox knocked a cross-field pass from Corey Mazary past …
Knoch suffers tough loss to Central Valley in overtime
By George Guido
Knoch took defending state champion Central Valley into overtime in Saturday’s Class A girls soccer opening round. But a goal midway through the overtime period …
VND roundup: Plum ends playoff drought
By Staff Reports
Plum’s girls soccer team spent extra time practicing penalty kicks last week. It’s a good thing, because the Mustangs needed four of them on Saturday to pull a WPIAL Class AAA first-round victory against No. 3 seed Norwin. Fifth shooter Alexa Ferchaw fired in the deciding goal as No. 14 …
Breaking down the WPIAL soccer playoffs
By Bill West
Class AAA boys Defending champion: Peters Township Top seeds: 1. Upper St. Clair (16-0-1), 2. Central Catholic (17-1), 3. Peters Township (14-2), 4. Seneca Valley …
Yough girls ready for ‘second season’
By Jeff Oliver
When Yough hosts Elizabeth Forward at noon Saturday in a WPIAL Class AA first round girls’ soccer playoff game, Lady Cougars coach Dann Appolonia says …
WPIAL releases soccer playoff pairings
By Staff Report
The WPIAL released the playoff pairings for its boys and girls soccer tournaments, which will get under way Saturday with preliminary- and first-round games. The top seeds for the boys are Upper St. Clair (16-0-1) in Class AAA, South Park (18-0) in Class AA and Sewickley Academy (14-1-2) in Class …
TJ boys soccer ready for playoff opener after 6-year absence
By Dave Mackall
It has been six years since the venerable Doc Kulish last took a team to the WPIAL soccer playoffs. He’s glad to be back. Kulish, the longtime Thomas Jefferson boys coach who logged his 300th career victory this season, will take the 11th-seeded Jaguars (12-5-1) into a first-round game in …
Knoch girls soccer team ready for rough road
By Doug Gulasy
The Knoch girls soccer team earned a higher WPIAL playoff seed than coach Rich Kenzie expected. The Knights’ reward? A matchup against the defending WPIAL …
Connellsville boys soccer making playoff debut Monday
By Jason Black
The WPIAL released its playoff soccer pairings Wednesday, and for the first time ever, the Connellsville boys team was part of the bracket. The Falcons will make their postseason debut when they visit Seneca Valley at 8 p.m. Monday. “It’s a pretty big step for us,” Connellsville coach Jason Rice …
Area booters secure high seeds
By Jeff Oliver
When the WPIAL released the playoff brackets for the boys’ and girls’ teams Wednesday, the pairings verified what had been known for some time locally. …
Thomas Jefferson soccer squads prepping for playoffs
By Jennifer Goga
The Thomas Jefferson girls’ soccer team narrowly missed the WPIAL playoffs the past two years, but a 2-1 win last week over West Mifflin secured …
Quaker Valley boys soccer saves playoff streak
By Gary Horvath
Some things never change for the Quaker Valley boys soccer team. A 2-0 win against Section 5-AA opponent Montour on Oct. 9 secured a playoff …
FR girls top Kiski, capture section crown
By Michael Love
In 2011, the Franklin Regional varsity girls soccer team won a section championship, and several seniors on this year’s Panthers squad were starters or significant …
Franklin Regional boys win first section championship since 2008
By Michael Love
The math was simple, but the battle on the field between the Franklin Regional and Kiski Area boys soccer teams was anything but easy. The …
Norwin girls soccer wins 1st section title since 2011, prepares for playoffs
By Nathan Smith
Even though the scoreboard said 1-1 at Penn Trafford’s Warrior Stadium, the Norwin girls soccer team walked away winners. The Knights battled their section rival …
DeBaldo filling the nets for Fox Chapel
By Marty Stewart
Fox Chapel’s Deena DeBaldo, a sophomore midfielder on the girls soccer team, turned her game up a notch last week as Fox Chapel defeated Gateway …
Jeannette boys soccer team looks ahead to next season
By Dave Moio
Vince Lombardi gets all the credit, but he doesn’t deserve it. Not for the quote that made him famous, or at least more famous. The …
Canon-McMillan girls increasingly effective at converting scoring chances
By Bill West
Canon-McMillan girls soccer coach David Derrico recounts with specificity the moments where his team squandered opportunities to stay unbeaten this season. There weren’t many for …
Monessen worn down by AA McGuffey, 3-1
By Jeff Oliver
Monessen found out the difference between Class A and AA soccer Tuesday night. The Greyhounds went to McGuffey for a non-section game and were worn down by the Highlanders, 3-1. The loss was only the second this season for Monessen (14-2-1) as the Greyhounds await their seeding in the upcoming …
Norwin girls confident after retaking Section 1-AAA title from rival Penn-Trafford
By Nathan Smith
Even though the scoreboard said 1-1 at Penn Trafford’s Warrior Stadium, the Norwin girls soccer team walked away a winner. The Knights battled their section …
High school roundup: Upper St. Clair defeats Central Catholic boys
By Staff Reports
In what could have been a preview of a late-round WPIAL boys soccer playoff game, Class AAA No. 1 Upper St. Clair earned a 2-1 nonsection win over No. 3 Central Catholic on Tuesday night. Joe Bell scored on an assist from Garrett Blake in the second half to seal …
Unbeaten Central Catholic soccer team proud of its resilient play
By Bill West
Junior central defender Paul Bence accepts that Central Catholic, undefeated through 17 regular-season games, might not enter the playoffs unbeaten. Bence finds comfort in the …
Connellsville girls soccer team loses to LH, 8-3, in season finale
By Jason Black
Laurel Highlands senior Kaylee Rabatin made sure her high school soccer career ended with a bang. Playing at home on senior night, Rabatin scored five …
Late-season run helps Southmoreland advance to WPIAL tournament
By Kevin Lohman
After getting off to a slow start with a 4-3 record in Section 1-AA, the Southmoreland boys soccer team has since caught fire. The Scotties …
Alle-Kiski Valley soccer teams prep for postseason shootouts
By Doug Gulasy
Throughout the regular season, the Kiski Area boys soccer team works on penalty kicks as one of several pre-practice drills. Those drills are about to …
Valley high school soccer notebook: Area coaches waiting to learn playoff fates
By Doug Gulasy
The WPIAL Soccer  Committee will release the playoff bracket Wednesday, and Alle-Kiski Valley coaches will be waiting to see who their teams draw in the first round. Eleven local teams qualified for the postseason: the boys teams from Burrell, Fox Chapel, Kiski Area, Knoch and Riverview, and the girls teams …
High school roundup: South Park girls shut out USC
By Staff Reports
Jordyn Minda and Jenny Vietmeier each scored as Class AA No. 1 South Park earned a 2-0 victory over Class AAAA Upper St. Clair (11-2-5) …
Rams, ’Hounds prep for playoffs with wins
By Bill Hughes
Regular season soccer comes to an end Tuesday with the WPIAL playoff pairings expected to be released Wednesday. Section play is over but some teams …
Former WPIAL soccer stars leave teams for pro club academies
By Bill West
Enrolled at a fairly large public school near Salt Lake City, Utah, Geoffrey Schuchardt misses the environment he experienced at Sewickley Academy, from the intensive …
Seneca Valley’s Montrose overcomes ACL tear, year absence
By Jerry Clark
While vacationing with family in the summer of 2013, Seneca Valley’s Paige Montrose received a call from her AAU basketball coach. He asked Montrose if …
Knoch girls don’t skip beat after turning to freshman goalkeeper
By Doug Gulasy
The Knoch girls soccer team was in a bind early this season. In the opening minutes of a Section 2-AA match against Valley, freshman Becca …
High school roundup: West Allegheny boys top South Fayette to win Section 5-AA title
By Staff Reports
Michael Roberts’ header with 9 minutes left in overtime helped No. 5 West Allegheny lock up the Section 5-AA title with a 2-1 win over …
Scoreless tie for Yough, BVA
By Jeff Oliver
After 100 minutes of soccer, Belle Vernon Area found out the same thing as every other girls’ team that played Yough this season. You don’t …