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Previewing the PIAA soccer championships

Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Upper St. Clair's Troy Kiernan (left) celebrates with Doug Hapeman after scoring on a penalty kick during the first half of their PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal against Peters Township on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at Chartiers Valley High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Upper St. Clair's Troy Kiernan (left) celebrates with Doug Hapeman after scoring on a penalty kick during the first half of their PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal against Peters Township on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at Chartiers Valley High School.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - West Allegheny goalkeeper Spencer Wolfe makes a save during the first half of a PIAA Class AA first-round playoff game against Warren on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at Moon High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>West Allegheny goalkeeper Spencer Wolfe makes a save during the first half of a PIAA Class AA first-round playoff game against Warren on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at Moon High School.
Eric Schmadel | For the Tribune-Review - Sewickley Academy midfielder Anthony Stinson breaks past North Star defender Gavin Berzonski en route to the second goal of the game during their PIAA Class A semifinal playoff contest Nov. 12, 2013, at Hempfield.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Eric Schmadel  |  For the Tribune-Review</em></div>Sewickley Academy midfielder Anthony Stinson breaks past North Star defender Gavin Berzonski en route to the second goal of the game during their PIAA Class A semifinal playoff contest Nov. 12, 2013, at Hempfield.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Central Valley's Samantha Fields (left) celebrates her winning goal with Kerri Phillis during the first half of their PIAA Class AA state semifinal against Hopewell on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, at Chartiers Valley High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Central Valley's Samantha Fields (left) celebrates her winning goal with Kerri Phillis during the first half of their PIAA Class AA state semifinal against Hopewell on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, at Chartiers Valley High School.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Greensburg Central Catholic's Fran Crouse (left) moves the ball past Shady Side Academy's Elizabeth Harper during their PIAA Class A state semifinal Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, at Chartiers Valley High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Greensburg Central Catholic's Fran Crouse (left) moves the ball past Shady Side Academy's Elizabeth Harper during their PIAA Class A state semifinal Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, at Chartiers Valley High School.
Jasmine Goldband | Tribune-Review - Upper St. Clair senior Garrett Blake kicks the ball past Moon junior Christian Fletcher during a game Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at Upper St. Clair.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jasmine Goldband  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Upper St. Clair senior Garrett Blake kicks the ball past Moon junior Christian Fletcher during a game Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at Upper St. Clair.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - West Allegheny's Cooper Amos (9) carries the ball past Shady Side Academy's Berk Alper to set up a goal during a game at Ambridge High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>West Allegheny's Cooper Amos (9) carries the ball past Shady Side Academy's Berk Alper to set up a goal during a game at Ambridge High School.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald - Sewickley Academy's J.P. Bowell and Riverview's Danny Milberger battle for the ball during the WPIAL Class A boys soccer quarterfinals Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at Mars.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald</em></div>Sewickley Academy's J.P. Bowell and Riverview's Danny Milberger battle for the ball during the WPIAL Class A boys soccer quarterfinals Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at Mars.
PennLive - Spring-Ford players celebrate after scoring to tie the game at 1-1 in the first half. Spring-Ford defeated Cumberland Valley 2-1 at Hersheypark Stadium, Tuesday, November 5, 2013. HARVEY LEVINE, PennLive
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>PennLive</em></div>Spring-Ford players celebrate after scoring to tie the game at 1-1 in the first half. Spring-Ford defeated Cumberland Valley 2-1 at Hersheypark Stadium, Tuesday, November 5, 2013. HARVEY LEVINE, PennLive
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Peters Township's Emily Franty controls the ball in front of Pine-Richland's Alison Johanson during their WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinal Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at Chartiers Valley High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Peters Township's Emily Franty controls the ball in front of Pine-Richland's Alison Johanson during their WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinal Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at Chartiers Valley High School.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Central Valley senior Amy McDermott moves the ball past Sharon's Lillian Trambley during a game in Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Central Valley senior Amy McDermott moves the ball past Sharon's Lillian Trambley during a game in Center.
Brian F. Henry | Tribune-Review - Greensburg Central Catholic's Bailey Cartwright (right) moves the ball past New Brighton's Celeste Peterson during a WPIAL Class A semifinal playoff game Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at Hampton.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Brian F. Henry | Tribune-Review</em></div>Greensburg Central Catholic's Bailey Cartwright (right) moves the ball past New Brighton's Celeste Peterson during a WPIAL Class A semifinal playoff game Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at Hampton.
PennLive - Spring-Ford's Kristen Baumgartner and Cumberland Valley's Cashlin Copley battle for the ball Nov. 5, 2013, at Hersheypark Stadium.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>PennLive</em></div>Spring-Ford's Kristen Baumgartner and Cumberland Valley's Cashlin Copley battle for the ball Nov. 5, 2013, at Hersheypark Stadium.

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Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, 10:24 p.m.
 

CLASS AAA BOYS

Upper St. Clair vs. Conestoga Valley

When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday

Records: Upper St. Clair (22-1-1), Conestoga Valley (23-2-2)

How they got here: Upper St. Clair def. McDowell, 9-0; def. Peters Township, 3-0; def. Cumberland Valley, 2-1. Conestoga Valley def. WC Henderson, 2-0; def. WC Rustin, 3-1; def. Great Valley, 2-1, in OT.

Notable: Conestoga Valley handed Great Valley its first loss of the season. … Upper St. Clair is the defending PIAA Class AAA champion, while Conestoga Valley didn't make the state playoffs last season. … Five players have scored the Panthers' past five goals. … Joel Hart is Upper St. Clair's leading scorer with 30 goals and nine assists. … Troye Kiernan had 12 goals, while Robbie Mertz has added 19 assists. … The Panthers have 117 goals for an average of 4.9 per game to go with 12 shutouts. … This is the third straight trip to the state final for USC, which won back-to-back titles in 2003-04.

Prediction: Upper St. Clair over Conestoga Valley

CLASS AA BOYS

West Allegheny vs. Holy Ghost Prep

When: 1:30 p.m. Saturday

Records: West Allegheny (21-0-3), Holy Ghost Prep (19-4)

How they got here: West Allegheny def. Warren, 6-0; def. Oley Valley, 4-0; def. Bedford, 1-0. Holy Ghost Prep def. Lansdale Catholic, 4-0; def. Moravian Academy, 3-0; def. Pequea Valley, 1-0.

Notable: This is West Allegheny's first trip to the PIAA final. … Mike Cummings has six goals in three PIAA playoff games, Collin Wurst three and Cooper Amos two. On the season, Wurst has a team-high 22, Cummings 19. GK Spencer Wolfe has allowed just one goal and has 19 shutouts. … Holy Ghost Prep played in four state finals between 1986-1993, winning in '92, but hasn't been back since. … West Allegheny, which has outscored its opponents 79-5, hasn't been scored upon since Oct. 10, a span of eight matches. … Pequea Valley was the defending PIAA champ … HGP has won 19 of 20 since an 0-3 start.

Prediction: West Allegheny over Holy Ghost Prep

CLASS A BOYS

Sewickley Academy vs. Mountain View

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Records: Sewickley Academy (20-3), Mountain View (17-0)

How they got here: Sewickley Academy def. Bishop McCort, 5-1; def. Mercyhurst Prep, 2-1; def. North Star, 5-0. Mountain View def. Schuylkill Haven, 3-1; def. Biglerville, 4-1; def. New Hope-Solebury, 1-0, in PKs.

Notable: This is a rematch of the 2012 Class A state final, which Mountain View won 1-0. … J.P. Bowell leads Sewickley Academy with 27 goals and 12 assists. Anthony Stinson has 16 goals and 10 assists, Steve Munn 11 and 15. … The Panthers won their sixth WPIAL title this season. Sewickley Academy is 2-2 in state championship games, winning in 1997 and 2007. … Senior Colby Thomas has 48 goals for Mountain View, which hasn't lost a game in more than two years. … Sewickley Academy has scored five goals in two of three state playoff games and is averaging four goals per contest.

Prediction: Sewickley Academy over Mountain View

CLASS AAA GIRLS

Neshaminy vs. Spring-Ford

When: 4 p.m. Saturday

Records: Neshaminy (25-0), Spring-Ford (24-2-1)

How they got here: Neshaminy def. Red Land, 3-0; def. Wilson, 2-0; def. Central Bucks East, 2-1, in PKs. Spring-Ford def. Cumberland Valley, 2-1; def. Downingtown East, 1-0; def. Seneca Valley, 1-0, in 2OT.

Notable: Neshaminy defeated Spring-Ford, 2-1, in the quarterfinals of the District 1-AAA tournament. Neshaminy went on to claim its first district championship. … Spring-Ford's Megan Giannopoulos (Pitt) has 20 goals. … Aley Kate McKinley has 17 and notched the game-winner in double OT to top Seneca Valley. … This is the first trip to the PIAA playoffs for Spring-Ford, which also won more than one game in the District 1 tournament for the first time. … Neshaminy forward Megan Schafer has 101 career goals. ... Goalkeeper McKenna Mullin set the Neshaminy record for shutouts in a season this year with 18. … The Redskins are making their first trip to Hershey.

Prediction: Neshaminy over Spring-Ford

CLASS AA GIRLS

Central Valley vs. Trinity (District 3)

When: 11 a.m. Saturday

Records: Central Valley (22-0), Trinity (22-2)

How they got here: Central Valley def. Somerset, 3-2; def. Hickory, 1-0; def. Hopewell, 2-0. Trinity def. Montoursville, 5-0; def. Scranton Prep, 2-0; def. Villa Joseph Marie, 2-0.

Notable: Central Valley, which won its first WPIAL title, is in the state final for the first time. … The Warriors reached the semifinals in 2011 but lost to Villa Joseph Marie. … Carolina Lucci leads Central Valley with 39 goals and eight assists. ... Katie Alexander had 20 and 18, Olivia Pritt 13 and 12. … Ashley Mutkus is a standout defender for Central Valley, which has outscored opponents 112-19 with nine shutouts. … Trinity lost to Northern in the District 3 championship game. … Trinity hasn't given up more than one goal in a game this season. … Addy Fitzgerald has scored in the state quarterfinals and semifinals for the Shamrocks.

Prediction: Central Valley over Trinity

CLASS A GIRLS

Greensburg Central Catholic vs. Southern Columbia

When: 5 p.m. Friday

Records: Greensburg C.C. (20-2), Southern Columbia (22-1-1)

How they got here: GCC def. Karns City, 6-3; def. Wilmington, 9-0; def. Shady Side Academy, 2-0. Southern Columbia def. Schuylkill Haven, 5-3; def. Halifax, 3-1; def. Tulpehocken, 1-0.

Notable: Penn State recruit Fran Crouse has 64 goals this season, including 23 in seven postseason games. With 206 for her career, Crouse is tied with Caitlin Pratt (2006-09, Troy Area) for the PIAA all-time record. … Pitt recruit Malea Fabean has 46 goals this season and 152 for her career but played defense against Shady Side Academy. … GK Olivia Binda has 40 career wins. She's only a junior. … Freshman Bailey Cartwright has 24 goals and 23 assists. … GCC has outscored its three PIAA opponent 17-3. … The Centurions are the defending champs after topping Conwell-Egan, 5-1, in 2012. … This is the first championship game appearance for Southern Columbia.

Prediction: Greensburg C.C. over Southern Columbia

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