Fox Chapel soccer teams grab top-four seeds
It's a fine time to play soccer at Fox Chapel.
Both the boys and girls soccer teams received top-four seeds in the WPIAL Class AAA brackets, which, along with all of the other classifications, came out Wednesday afternoon.
The Foxes (15-1) grabbed the No. 3 spot, and the Lady Foxes (16-1-1) received the No. 4 seed.
In the past week, Fox Chapel's boys team became the first team to beat Section 3-AAA rival Central Catholic this season — Central Catholic consequently received the No. 4 seed — and scored 10-plus goals in a game for the first time since 2009, as it defeated Penn Hills, 13-0.
“It's interesting, because I'm not a huge fan of the big blowouts,” boys coach Erik Ingram said. “We played about 28 different guys that night. … We started subbing guys out probably about midway through the first half, and that rhythm we had never went away.”
Ingram said a complete lineup contributed to the Central Catholic win and Fox Chapel's other recent achievements. Injuries of all kinds limited the Foxes potential throughout the season.
“I think we're peaking at the right time,” said Ingram, whose team will host Franklin Regional (9-6-1) at 8 p.m. Monday in the first round.
Fox Chapel's girls are unbeaten in their last 15 games — a 0-0 tie with Gateway on Oct. 7 is the lone non-win.
Since their 2-1 loss to Hampton on Sept. 7, the Lady Foxes have outscored their opponents, 66-6.
“Scoring is just contagious at times here,” girls coach Erik Duffy said. “We've had four girls score at least 10 goals this year — we've never had that before.”
They will begin the playoffs at 2 p.m. Saturday at home against Mt. Lebanon (9-7-2).
Fox Chapel also is the location for an all-Alle-Kiski Valley first-round Class AA boys matchup.
No. 8 Burrell (10-5-2), champion of Section 1, will play Section 3 runner-up Deer Lakes (11-2-3), the No. 9 seed, at 6 p.m. Monday.
“I am pumped we're playing more of a local team,” Bucs coach T.J. Trozzi said. “We want to represent our local area and represent our section, just try to get as much respect as possible.”
There's a fourth playoff game involving an Alle-Kiski Valley team that will take place at Fox Chapel: Riverview's girls (7-10) will meet Mohawk (9-9) there at 4 p.m. Saturday and must win to advance and play No. 1 seed Greensburg Central Catholic (14-1).