High school roundup: Seneca Valley soccer tops Peters Township in quarterfinals
Cassidy Testa and Emily Wagner scored, as Seneca Valley made sure Peters Township could not win a fourth consecutive PIAA Class AAA title with a 2-0 victory in the state quarterfinals Saturday at Chartiers Valley.
Seneca Valley (20-2-1) advanced to the semifinals and will play Spring-Ford Tuesday, site and time to be determined.
Goalkeeper Jess Neill made three saves for Seneca Valley, which earned its third win over Peters Township (17-6-1) this season.
Testa scored on a sliding chip shot in the 26th minute, Wagner a late header in the 78th.
Neill has not allowed a goal in five playoff contests.
Central Valley 1, Hickory 0 — Freshman Carolina Lucci scored the game-winning goal for Central Valley (20-1) with seven minutes remaining in a PIAA Class AA quarterfinal against Hickory (19-2-1). Lucci has netted 10 goals in six playoff matches. Keeper Lauren Hamilton recorded the shutout. Central Valley moves on to the PIAA semifinals and will face Hopewell in a rematch of this season's WPIAL Class AA championship game.
Hopewell 4, Dallas 3, OT — Abby Losco scored three times, including the game-winner in overtime, as Hopewell (17-5-0) defeated Dallas (22-2-0) in the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals at Hollidaysburg. Kayleen Schwegler scored Hopewell's other goal.
Greensburg Central Catholic 9, Wilmington 0 — Greensburg Central Catholic senior Fran Crouse tied the WPIAL career goals record with a hat trick as the Centurions (19-2) routed District 10 champ Wilmington (13-8-1) in a PIAA Class A quarterfinal at North Allegheny. Crouse has 205 goals, equaling the mark set by Steel Valley's Jess Strom. Malea Fabean added three goals for GCC, and goalkeepers Olivia Binda and Kate Pedder combined for the shutout.
Shady Side Academy 5, Richland 1 — Zoe Schoen scored twice as Shady Side Academy (20-3-0) defeated Richland (12-9-2) in a PIAA Class A quarterfinal at Hempfield. Shady Side Academy will face Greensburg Central Catholic in the semifinals.
West Allegheny 4, Oley Valley 0 — Colin Wurst scored two goals to lead undefeated West Allegheny (20-0-3) past Oley Valley (17-5-2) in a PIAA Class AA quarterfinal. Michael Cummings and Cooper Amos also scored for the Indians. Spencer Wolfe recorded the shutout. West Allegheny has outscored its opponents 78-5 this season and has not allowed a goal in six playoff matchups. West Allegheny will face Bedford in the semifinals.
Sewickley Academy 2, Mercyhurst Prep 1 — Steve Munn and Matt Tietlebaum scored first-half goals to lead Sewickley Academy (20-3-0) to the PIAA Class A quarterfinal victory over Mercyhurst Prep (19-3-0) at Neshannock. Sewickley Academy will face North Star in the semifinals.
North Star 2, Beaver County Christian 1 — Austin Swihura scored two first-half goals to lead North Star (20-2) over Beaver County Christian (16-6) in PIAA Class A quarterfinal action at Hempfield. Gib McCracken scored for Beaver County Christian just one minute into the first half.
Bethel Park 3, Norwin 0 — Stacey Kazalas recorded 16 kills to lead Bethel Park to a 25-20, 26-24, 25-21 sweep in a PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal at Baldwin High School.
“We were pretty well-prepared for them,” coach Shawn Palmer said. “I think we were confident coming in. We had a good three or four days of practice.”
Olivia Schanck added nine kills for the Black Hawks, who battled back from a 24-23 deficit in the key second game.
Catherine Ferragonio led Norwin with 13 kills.
Bethel Park, the WPIAL runner-up, will play District 3 runner-up Hempfield in the PIAA semifinals Tuesday at a site and time to be determined.
Hempfield 3, North Allegheny 1 — District 3 Hempfield (21-2) continued its title defense by toppling North Allegheny (16-1), the top-ranked team in the state, in four sets in the PIAA Class AAA quarterfinals at Altoona High School. Allie Stolz led the Black Knights with a career-high 23 kills and three aces. Anna Wenger added 15 kills. Bri Tankesley contributed 11 digs for Hempfield.
Fort LeBoeuf 3, Freeport 0 — Shorthanded WPIAL champ Freeport was unable to take a set from defending state champ Fort LeBoeuf in the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals Saturday at Slippery Rock High School. Larissa Cass had 10 kills to lead District 10 runner-up Fort LeBoeuf (19-1), which advances to face D-10 champ Conneaut in the semifinals Tuesday. The Yellowjackets (19-2) played without sophomore outside hitter Zoe Pawlak, who led the team in kills this postseason. Alexis Schrecengost, Jessica Kelley and Megan Sweeny each had seven kills to lead Freeport.
Conneaut Lake 3, Indiana 1 — In the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals, Conneaut Lake defeated Indiana, 25-17, 22-25, 25-19, 26-24, at Slippery Rock High School.