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Previewing the WPIAL soccer semifinals

| Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, 9:37 p.m.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Upper St. Clair's Emma Hasco (24) pressures Fox Chapel's Theresa Scheiffarth during their WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinal Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at Chartiers Valley High School.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
West Allegheny's Garrett Powell battles Mt. Pleasant's Zachary D'Amico for the ball next to Brandon Leeder during their WPIAL Class AA playoff game Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, in North Fayette.
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Greensburg Central Catholic's Frannie Crouse fights Springdale's Brittany Smadja Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at Highmark Stadium in Station Square.
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Greensburg Central Catholic's Frannie Crouse brings the ball upfield against Mohawk on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013.


Class AAA

No. 1 Seneca Valley (16-2-1) vs. No. 12 Upper St. Clair (11-5-2)

When/where: 6 p.m. Monday at Baldwin

Notable: Sophomore Emma Hasco has goals in each of the Panthers' playoff wins, 3-1 over Baldwin and 2-1 over Fox Chapel. … Seneca Valley went 3-0 against teams from Section 5-AAA. … Seneca Valley beat Upper St. Clair, 2-0, to claim the 2007 WPIAL Class AAA championship.

Prediction: Seneca Valley over Upper St. Clair

No. 2 Peters Township (15-4-1) vs. No. 6 Bethel Park (17-2-1)

When/where: 6 p.m. Monday at Chartiers Valley

Notable: Tatiana Ruzzini leads Bethel Park with 26 goals. … Peters Township has reached the WPIAL final five consecutive years. … Bethel Park handed Peters Township its first loss of the 2013 season, 3-2 on Sept. 7.

Prediction: Peters Township over Bethel Park

Class AA

No. 8 Hopewell (14-4) vs. No. 5 South Park (15-3-2)

When/where: 6:15 p.m. Monday at North Allegheny

Notable: Mars' loss means there will be a new WPIAL Class AA champion for the first time since 2009. … South Park has reached the WPIAL semifinals 13 of the past 17 years. … Jenny Vietmeier had 19 goals during the regular season for the Eagles.

Prediction: South Park over Hopewell

No. 2 Central Valley (17-0) vs. No. 3 Moon (19-1)

When/where: 6 p.m. Monday at West Allegheny

Notable: Central Valley's Carolina Lucci (35 goals) has seven goals in two playoff games. … Moon, the defending PIAA champion, has allowed seven goals, two since a 2-1 loss at Quaker Valley on Sept. 18. … These two met at this stage last year, and Moon walked away with a 2-1 overtime win.

Prediction: Moon over Central ValleyClass A

No. 1 Greensburg C.C. (16-1) vs. No. 12 New Brighton (11-6-1)

When/where: 6 p.m. Monday at Hampton

Notable: Maya Watkins has all six of New Brighton's goals this postseason. … Penn State recruit Fran Crouse has 11 goals in two games for the Centurions. … Pitt recruit Malea Fabean, who has three goals this postseason, is Crouse's equal, and freshman Bailey Cartwright is a dominant player for stacked GCC. … GCC, the two-time defending champion, has scored 141 goals in 17 games, an average of 8.3 per contest.

Prediction: GCC over New Brighton

No. 7 Sewickley Acad. (11-6-3) vs. No. 3 S.S. Academy (16-3)

When/where: 6 p.m. Monday at Moon

Notable: SSA's Maggie Scott has six goals in two playoff games, giving her 42 on the season. … Shady Side Academy topped Sewickley Academy, 1-0, to win the inaugural Class A title in 2010. … Shady Side Academy hasn't lost to a Class A team other than GCC this season.

Prediction: Shady Side Academy over Sewickley Academy


Class AAA

No. 1 Upper St. Clair (18-0-1) vs. No. 5 Bethel Park (15-4-1)

When/where: 8 p.m. Monday at Baldwin

Notable: The Panthers are trying to reach the WPIAL final for the fourth time in five years. … Joel Hart leads the Panthers with 31 goals. … Bethel Park's leading scorer, junior Nick Schindehette, was a JV player for much of the 2012 season.

Prediction: USC over Bethel Park

No. 7 Peters Township (15-3-2) vs. No. 11 Canon-Mac (16-2-2)

When/where: 8 p.m. Monday at Chartiers Valley

Notable: Canon-McMillan topped the Indians, 2-1, in the WPIAL semifinals last season, then again in the first round of the PIAA playoffs. … Peters Township reached the finals seven times between 2003-12. … Brothers Nicco and Mario Mastrangelo have combined for more than 30 goals, including one for Mario on Thursday in a quarterfinal-round win over Seneca Valley.

Prediction: Peters Township over Canon-McMillan

Class AA

No. 1 West Allegheny (16-0-3) vs. No. 4 S.S. Academy (14-3)

When/where: 8 p.m. Monday at Moon

Notable: West Allegheny last reached the semifinals in 2009. … West Allegheny opened the season with a 2-0 victory over Shady Side Academy at the Ambridge Tournament. … Collin Wurst led West Allegheny with 17 regular-season goals.

Prediction: West Allegheny over Shady Side Academy

No. 2 South Park (19-0-1) vs. No. 3 South Fayette (16-2-2)

When/where: 8 p.m. Monday at North Allegheny

Notable: Brian Coyne has 23 goals for South Fayette. … South Park's Justin Minda had a WPIAL-best 40 goals during the regular season. … The Lions upset the Eagles, 1-0, via penalty kicks in the 2012 WPIAL quarterfinals.

Prediction: South Fayette over South Park

Class A

No. 1 Sewickley Academy (15-3) vs. No. 4 Serra Catholic (14-3-1)

When/where: 8 p.m. Monday at West Allegheny

Notable: J.P. Bowell leads the Panthers with 23 goals. … Tyler Grebur scored 24 goals during the regular season for Serra Catholic. … Sewickley Academy has won eight straight since a 4-0 loss to Mercyhurst Prep on Sept. 8, outscoring opponents 32-4. ... The Eagles are coming off a thrilling 2-1 win over OLSH, after Nate Andrews scored early in the first overtime.

Prediction: Sewickley Academy over Serra Catholic

No. 2 Seton-La Salle (16-2-1) vs. No. 6 Beaver County Christian (14-4)

When/where: 8 p.m. Monday at Hampton

Notable: The Rebels have won four of the past seven WPIAL Class A titles. … Abel Carleton has 19 goals and has scored in each of BCC's two playoff wins. … Seton-La Salle's only two losses are to Class AA No. 3 South Fayette (4-0) and Class A No. 1 Sewickley Academy (5-0).

Prediction: Seton-La Salle over Beaver County Christian

— Jason Mackey

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