High school roundup: Seneca Valley girls advance to WPIAL championship
By Staff Reports
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, 10:10 p.m.
Freshman Lexus Lambert scored in the 70th minute, and goalkeeper Jessica Neill had a shutout as No. 2 Seneca Valley (19-1) earned a 1-0 win over No. 3 Bethel Park (19-2) in the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals Wednesday at Chartiers Valley.
Lambert scored after a corner kick by Morgan Williams and a settle and assist from Caroline Miller. Seneca Valley has won 19 in a row since a loss to Hampton in the season opener on Sept. 3. The Raiders will play Peters Township on Saturday in the WPIAL championship game at a site and time to be determined.
Bethel Park, which will play in a consolation game Saturday to determine the WPIAL's third PIAA playoff qualifier, lost for the second time in five games after a 16-0 start.
Peters Township 3, Gateway 0 — Veronica Latsko scored her 31st and 32nd goals of the season, and Emily Franty added a score to give top-seeded Peters Township (19-1) a WPIAL Class AAA semifinal victory at Baldwin.
Mars 2, Belle Vernon 1 — Lydia Dennis and Karli Paracca scored to lead Mars (18-1-1) to a WPIAL Class AA semifinal victory at Gateway. Hayden Pascoe scored for Belle Vernon (17-3-1).
Sewickley Academy 1, Mohawk 0 (OT) — Mackenzie Coles scored on a breakaway nine minutes into overtime to lead Sewickley Academy (20-0-1) to a WPIAL Class A semifinal win over Mohawk (10-9-1) at Ambridge. Maggie Dewitt made one save in the win. No. 2 Sewickley Academy (20-0-1) will play top-seeded Greensburg Central Catholic (18-1) in the championship game Saturday at a site and time to be determined.
Canon-McMillan 2, Peters Township 1 — Jake Wilcox and Ivan Viveros scored as Canon-McMillan earned a WPIAL Class AAA semifinal victory over top-ranked Peters Township (14-2-2) at Baldwin High School. The Big Macs (17-4) advance to the championship game Saturday against Upper St. Clair (18-1-1) at a site and time to be determined. Sean Baxendale scored for Peters Township.
Riverside 2, Serra Catholic 1 (OT) — Sophomore midfielder Trevor Moser chipped a shot past Eagles goalkeeper Anthony Koval with 2:57 remaining in the first overtime at Tony Dorsett Stadium in Hopewell to send the Panthers into the WPIAL Class A final Saturday at a site and time to be determined. Trailing 1-0, Riverside (15-4-1) was credited with the tying goal when Serra Catholic forward Tyler Grebur scored an own-goal with 5:58 remaining in regulation.
Serra Catholic (15-3-1) will play in the third-place consolation match Saturday for an opportunity to earn its first berth in the state tournament.
Fox Chapel 3, Upper St. Clair 0 — Allyson Hess (24 assists, four aces) and Megan Hollingsworth (6 kills, 13 digs, three aces) showcased their all-around skills during the No. 3 Foxes' WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinal win over No. 11 Upper St. Clair (10-4) at North Allegheny High School.
Sarah Bradley had a team-high 10 kills, and Riley Hermann added seven for Fox Chapel (15-3), which will play in the semifinals Thursday at Chartiers Valley High School.
Mt. Lebanon 3, Pine-Richland 2 — The fourth-seeded Blue Devils advanced to the semifinals, where they will meet top-seeded Oakland Catholic at 6 p.m. Thursday at Chartiers Valley.
West Shamokin 3, Shenango 0 — Jill Glover had 16 kills and served three aces to lead No. 4 West Shamokin (11-3) to a WPIAL Class A quarterfinal win over No. 5 Shenango (13-1) at North Allegheny. Alecia Calhoun (nine kills, four blocks) also starred for the Wolves, who won by scores of 25-17, 25-19 and 25-13.
West Shamokin will meet Section 1-A rival and No. 1 seed Greensburg Central Catholic in the semifinals Thursday at North Hills High School. Both the Wolves and Centurions also advance to the PIAA tournament, as the final four teams in Class A qualify.
Bishop Canevin 3, Riverview 1 — No. 3-seeded Bishop Canevin lost the first set but rallied to win the next three and held off No. 6 Riverview (10-4) in a WPIAL Class A quarterfinal match at Chartiers Valley. Outside hitter Ashley Grimm, who had 12 kills, and senior setter Katie Oliverio, who collected 23 assists, led Bishop Canevin (20-1). Riverview 6-foot senior outside hitter Arden Fisher, a Division I Robert Morris recruit, produced 39 kills.
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