Peters Township boys upset Upper St. Clair to win WPIAL championship
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Goalkeeper Max O'Hare, like he did so many times on this night, made the save.
Striker Mario Mastrangelo finished it off by scoring the key goal to make the stunning, 1-0 upset of top-seeded Upper St. Clair possible.
Mastrangelo's strike in the 64th minute gave the seventh-seeded Peters Township boys soccer team all the scoring it would need in the WPIAL Class AAA championship game at Highmark Stadium.
That's because O'Hare, who didn't allow a goal in four WPIAL playoff games, was spectacular.
“I'm only as strong as my defenders,” O'Hare said. “If they keep the harder shots out, it's my job to keep the rest away.”
Peters Township (17-3-2) now has won eight WPIAL titles.
“We know to build toward this,” Peters Township coach Bob Dyer said. “Regular season we keep learning.
“We're playing our best soccer right now.”
Said Mastrangelo: “This is what we've been waiting all season to do.”
Peters Township will play Canon-McMillan, the consolation game winner, Tuesday at Chartiers Valley to open the PIAA playoffs. Upper St. Clair (19-1-1) will play District 10 winner Erie McDowell the same night, site and time to be determined.
O'Hare started the key sequence by diving to his left and making a left-handed stop on Joe Bell in the 63rd minute.
Mastrangelo pushed a shot inside the far post from about 15 yards. Mastrangelo has three goals these playoffs and 18 for the season, but no question this one belonged to O'Hare.
“With the amount of chances we had, we could've won two games,” Upper St. Clair coach Uwe Schneider said.
“(O'Hare) won the game for them.”
Jason Mackey is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @Mackey_Trib.
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