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Mars named top seed in Class AA

| Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001

The WPIAL released its soccer playoff brackets Wednesday and Mars girls coach Dale Giovengo couldn't be happier.

The Planets (17-0-2) will get to defend their WPIAL title as the top seed in Class AA.

'Going into the playoffs, I feel pretty good about it,' Giovengo said. 'It's one of the things you work for through the season. Hopefully, it will turn out to be an advantage.'

On the boys side, Class AAA Chartiers Valley (15-1-1), Class AA Thomas Jefferson (17-0-1) and Class A Chartiers-Houston (16-2) received No. 1 seeds. Hampton (16-1-3) earned the top spot in girls Class AAA.

The playoffs begin at 3 p.m. on Saturday with five preliminary games in the girls Class AAA bracket.

Mars, whose record is blemished only by ties with Hampton and Freeport this season, again earned the top spot after it's second consecutive undefeated regular season. The Planets haven't lost a regular-season match since a setback to Mercyhurst in 1999.

'Defense has been a key for us,' Giovengo said. 'We haven't given up many goals.' The Planets have 13 shutouts in 19 games and have allowed six goals this season.

'I think we have an even chance,' Giovengo said. 'You can't ask for more than that.'

Boys

Class AAA

First round

Chartiers Valley (15-1-1) bye; Baldwin (11-5-2) at Central Catholic (14-1-1), 6 p.m., Monday; Norwin (10-6-2) at Shaler (14-2-1), 7 p.m., Tuesday; North Hills (13-5-0) at Mt. Lebanon (15-2-3), 8 p.m., Monday; Fox Chapel (9-5-3) at North Allegheny (15-3-2), 7 p.m., Monday; Peters Township (11-7) at Plum (15-1-4), 7 p.m., Tuesday; Upper St. Clair (12-6-2) at Hempfield (14-3-1), 7 p.m., Tuesday; Laurel Highlands (11-6) at Penn-Trafford (15-1-3), 8 p.m., Monday.

Class AA

First round

Riverside (8-8) at Thomas Jefferson (17-0-1), 6 p.m., Monday; Moon (11-7) at Highlands (13-3-2), 7 p.m., Tuesday; Blackhawk (11-8) at Shady Side Academy (14-2-2), 3 p.m., Tuesday; McGuffey (11-5-2) at Mt. Pleasant (14-0-1), 7 p.m., Tuesday; Deer Lakes (12-5-1) at Ambridge (14-3-1), 7 p.m., Tuesday; Southmoreland (10-5-1) at Beaver (16-3), 7 p.m., Monday; Steel Valley (9-8-2) at Quaker Valley (9-8-1), 8 p.m., Tuesday; Elizabeth Forward (9-7-2) at South Park (16-1-0), 8 p.m., Tuesday.

Class A

First round

Chartiers-Houston (16-2) bye; Neshannock (11-6) at Riverview (12-4-2), 3:30 p.m., Monday; Beth-Center (5-8-1) at South Allegheny (13-2-3), 7 p.m., Monday; Greensburg Central Catholic (14-4-0) bye; Sewickley Academy (12-7-1) bye; Vincentian (14-3-2) at Springdale (10-7), 8 p.m., Monday; South Fayette (13-3-2) at Charleroi (8-8-1), 8 p.m., Tuesday; Carlynton (13-2-2) bye.

Girls

Class AAA

Preliminary round

3 p.m., Saturday

Franklin Regional (11-5-1) at Norwin (15-4-1); Plum (15-5-0) at Ambridge (12-5-2); Mt. Pleasant (12-5-0) at Fox Chapel (12-3-3); Pine-Richland (11-5-3) at Butler (14-5-1); Thomas Jefferson (12-7) at Elizabeth Forward (10-8).

First round

Monday

Peters Township (9-5-4) at Hampton (16-1-3), 7 p.m.; Norwin/Franklin Regional winner at Ringgold (14-4), 8 p.m.; Ambridge/Plum winner at Moon (15-2-2), 7 p.m.; Fox Chapel/Mt. Pleasant winner at Penn-Trafford (17-2), 6 p.m.; Bethel Park (10-6-1) at Upper St. Clair (16-1-3), 7 p.m.; Butler/Pine-Richland winner at Gateway (17-1-2), 8 p.m.; Elizabeth Forward/Thomas Jefferson winner at Seneca Valley (13-2-3) , 7 p.m., Monday or Tuesday; Laurel Highlands (12-5) at Mt. Lebanon (15-2-2), 6 p.m.

Class AA

First round

Monessen (8-8-2) at Mars (17-0-2), 7 p.m., Tuesday; Center (11-6-1) at Chartiers-Houston (13-4-1), 7 p.m., Tuesday; East Allegheny (10-6-0) at Sewickley Academy (15-3-0), 3 p.m., Monday; Canevin (13-5-1) at Jeannette (18-1-0), 6 p.m., Tuesday; Serra Catholic (13-4-0) at Charleroi (16-4), 6 p.m., Tuesday; Greensburg Central Catholic (14-5) at Springdale (13-4), 6 p.m., Monday; Shady Side Academy (11-5) at Quaker Valley (16-2-1), 6 p.m., Tuesday.

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