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A-K Valley boys soccer playoff previews

| Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Erica Dietz | Valley News Dispatch
Burrell's Tom Spagnolo attacks the ball against East Allegheny's Tyson Nguyen during the soccer game at Burrell High School on Tuesday, September 24, 2013.
Erica Dietz | Valley News Dispatch
Kiski Area's Matt Dziadosz runs onto the ball during the first half of the soccer game Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at Davis Field in Vandergrift.
Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch
St. Joseph's Tyler Protivnak, left, and Riverview's Cole Wilson, jockey for position to play the ball during boys soccer action at Riverside Park in Oakmont on Monday Oct. 1, 2013.

Soccer capsules

Class AAA First round

No. 14 Franklin Regional (9-6-1) at No. 3 Fox Chapel (11-6-1)

8 p.m. Monday

Winner plays: Winner of No. 6 Norwin/ No.11 Canon-McMillan

Free kicks: Fox Chapel, which received a No. 10 seed the last three years, won its first-round game in 2011 and 2012. The Foxes lost to Upper St. Clair in the quarterfinals three of the last four seasons — they wouldn't meet the Panthers until the finals this year. … Franklin Regional won a first-round game as the lower seed in either overtime or a shootout the last two times it made the playoffs. … Fox Chapel, led by midfielder Jack Dickens, outscored its opponents, 70-8, in the regular season.

First round

No. 12 Kiski Area (11-6-1) at No. 5 Bethel Park (13-4-1)

8 p.m. Monday

Winner plays: Winner of No. 4 Central Catholic/No. 13 Ringgold

Free kicks: Kiski Area won its first-round game each of the last three years. The Cavaliers' last six playoff games were decided by one goal or in a shootout. … Bethel Park has made the postseason each of the last 10 years and won Class AAA titles in 2006 and 2007. … Four of Kiski Area's losses and its tie occurred during a five-game stretch. All-WPIAL selections Matt Dziadosz (midfielder) and Brandon Smail (goalkeeper) lead the Cavaliers.

Class AA First round

No. 8 Burrell (10-5-2) vs. No. 9 Deer Lakes (11-2-3)

6 p.m. Monday, at Fox Chapel

Winner plays: Winner of No. 1 West Allegheny/winner of Yough-Mt. Pleasant prelim

Free kicks: Burrell has made the playoffs every year since 2005, but it has won its first-round game just three times during the streak. Its last playoff win came against another Alle-Kiski Valley team, as the Bucs beat Knoch in 2010. … Deer Lakes is in the playoffs for the first time since 2003, when it reached the quarterfinals. … Senior Tom Spagnolo is the star scorer for Burrell, which won just one of its final six regular-season games. … Deer Lakes, anchored defensively by Justin Sutter and goalkeeper Austin Barneycastle, owns a win over No. 4 seed Shady Side Academy.

Class A First round

No. 8 Monessen (12-5) vs. No. 9 Riverview (11-4-2)

6 p.m. Monday, at Thomas Jefferson

Winner plays: No. 1 Sewickley Academy

Free kicks: Riverview last won a playoff game in 2008, and Monessen's only postseason victory came in 2011. … The Raiders, who started the year 0-4, are unbeaten in their last 13 games and have eight shutouts during the streak. Forward Cole Wilson and midfielder Christian Snyder are key contributors in a balanced offense, sweeper Billy Futules controls the defense, and German foreign exchange student Ludger Oelck excels as goalkeeper. … Monessen won its first seven games and went 5-5 the rest of the way. The Greyhounds, who had 37 goals during their seven-game win streak, failed to score only twice in the regular season.

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