High school roundup: Central Valley girls are Hershey bound
The Central Valley girls soccer team's storybook season will have a Hershey ending.
A 2-0 victory over Hopewell in the PIAA Class AA semifinals at Chartiers Valley on Tuesday pushed the Warriors into the state final for the first time in program history.
Afterward, members of the team were handed Hershey's chocolate bars.
“We're thrilled to be going to Hershey,” Warriors coach Mark Perry said. “It's a great situation for our school, great for the girls. We worked really hard this year to do that. Hopefully teams will now give us a little bit of respect.”
Central Valley (22-0) will play District 3 runner-up Trinity at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium.
Samantha Fields finished a rebound in the 24th minute for the first goal of Tuesday's game, which was a rematch of the WPIAL final. Central Valley won that one 2-1.
Freshman Carolina Lucci got her third in as many PIAA playoff games by scoring from about 18 yards in the 56th minute.
“It was luck, I think,” Lucci said. “I went to go shoot it, and it deflected off the defender.”
Central Valley topped Section 3-AA rival Hopewell (17-6) four times this season, the three prior to Tuesday by one goal each.
“We're going to Hershey,” Lucci said. “It's a really good feeling knowing that we beat them four times.”
Spring-Ford 1, Seneca Valley 0, 2OT — WPIAL champion Seneca Valley (20-3-1) had its season end one game short of a trip to the PIAA championship game after Megan Giannopoulos scored the game-winner with 6:31 left in double overtime for District 1 fifth-place finisher Spring-Ford (24-2-1) in a Class AAA state semifinals match at Chambersburg.
Upper St. Clair 2, CumberlandValley 1 — Joel Hart scored the eventual game-winner off a feed from Shane Sibley in the second half to lead Upper St. Clair (22-1-1) to a PIAA Class AAA semifinal victory at Hollidaysburg.
Hart recorded a helper on the first goal by Robbie Mertz, which tied the game 1-1 before the half. The Panthers will face District 3 champion Conestoga Valley in the finals at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium.
West Allegheny 1, Bedford 0 — Cooper Amos scored with 1:29 to go in the first half, and WPIAL champion West Allegheny (21-0-3) held on to defeat District 5 champ Bedford in the PIAA Class AA semifinals at Hempfield High School.
The Bison (21-1-2) are the eighth straight opponent the Indians have held scoreless.
West Allegheny will play District 1 champion Holy Ghost Prep in the state championship game at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey.
Hempfield 3, Bethel Park 0 — The WPIAL runner-up Black Hawks' season came to an end after falling to District 3 runner-up Hempfield, 27-25, 25-19, 25-18, in the semifinals of the PIAA Class AAA playoffs at Altoona.
Bethel Park (19-4) was led by Stacey Kazalas, who finished with 19 kills, and Olivia Schanck, who recorded 12 kills and 11 digs.
Sarah Storino ended with 27 digs for Bethel Park.