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WPIAL playoff soccer capsules

| Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, 12:51 a.m.
Valley News Dispatch
Highlands goalkeeper Samantha Kovach, shown here on Sept. 18, 2012, will lead her team against Quaker Valley on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, at Hopewell in the first round of the WPIAL Class AA soccer playoffs. Bill Shirley | For the Valley News Dispatch
Highlands' Sammy Ohl (No. 22) makes a play on the ball against Freeport's Dava Jack during a match at Highlands High School on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. Bill Shirley | For the Valley News Dispatch
Deer Lakes' Tom Handerhan (No. 22) and Knoch's Josh Burd (No. 16, right) go head-to-head during a soccer game at Knoch High School on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. Erica Hilliard | Valley News Dispatch
Pine Creek Journal
Hampton forward Jeremy Taylor, shown here in September 2012, is more than just a talent on the field; he helps guide the young players down the right path. Louis Raggiunti | Pine Creek Journal
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Springdale's Casey Hughes (right) controls the ball in front of Riverview's Nikki Polens during a match at Riverside Park in Oakmont, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. Bill Shirley | For the Valley News Dispatch
Christopher Horner
Mars' Bethany Perri controls the ball in front of Hampton's Colleen Brodman during their game on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, in Adams. Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review

SATURDAY'S GAMES

Class AA BOYS

Knoch (8-8-1) vs. Beaver (7-8-1)

When/where: 2 p.m. at Seneca Valley

Throw-ins: All eight of Knoch's wins came in Section 2-AA play. Its tie is against No. 2 seed Mars. ... Beaver, led by junior midfielder Dillon McLaughlin, has lost three straight.

CLASS AAA GIRLS

No. 9 Hampton (10-7-1) vs. No. 8 seed Fox Chapel (16-2)

When/where: 2 p.m. at Fox Chapel

Throw-ins: Fox Chapel posted 11 shutouts, including one against Hampton. Both of the Foxes' losses are to No. 5 Gateway. ... Hampton has eight shutouts, but the Talbots lost four of five to close the regular season.

No. 15 Plum (9-6-2) vs. No. 2 Seneca Valley (16-1)

When/where: 4 p.m. at Seneca Valley

Throw-ins: Plum hasn't made the WPIAL playoffs since 2002. Junior forward Aaliyah Odom leads the offensive charge. ... Section 2 champion Seneca Valley also has a double-digit goal-scorer in senior forward Morgan Williams.

CLASS AA GIRLS

No. 9 Highlands (15-3) vs. No. 8 Quaker Valley (15-2-1)

When/where: 2 p.m. at Hopewell

Throw-ins: Highlands lost to Quaker Valley, 3-0, in its season opener. Highlands is led by senior and 19-goal scorer Natale Richards. ... Quaker Valley finished second to Section 5-AA champion Moon, the No. 2 seed.

No. 14 Knoch (11-7) vs. No. 3 Central Valley (14-0-2)

When/where: 4 p.m. at Central Valley

Throw-ins: Knoch advanced to the second round last season. The Knight have dropped three straight but all against playoff teams. ... Central Valley reached the semifinals last season before losing to runner-up South Park.

CLASS A GIRLS

No. 9 Springdale (8-10) vs. No. 8 Charleroi (9-7-2)

When/where: 4 p.m. at Gateway

Throw-ins: Perennial contender and returning WPIAL and PIAA runner-up Springdale hasn't had a losing season since 2006, the year before coach Jerry Concannon arrived. ... Six of Section 2 runner-up Charleroi's losses are by shutout.

No. 15 Riverview (9-8-1) vs. No. 2 Sewickley Academy (17-0-1)

When/where: 4 p.m. at Moon

Throw-ins: Riverview is on a four-game winning streak. The Raiders made the playoffs despite losing standout Roya Fashandi to a knee injury early in the season. ... Sewickley Academy has 13 shutout wins and has surrendered four goals all season.

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