A-K Valley boys soccer playoff previews
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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.
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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