A-K Valley boys soccer matchups for the first round of the WPIAL playoffs
Friday, October 18, 2019 | 5:27 PM
12-Woodland Hills (9-8-1) at 5-Fox Chapel (11-3-3)
Noon Saturday at Fox Chapel High School
Winner plays: 3-Canon-McMillan on Wednesday
Coaches: Erik Ingram, Fox Chapel; Delroy “Lucky” Russell, Woodland Hills
Players to watch: Erik Ingram, Sr. MF, Fox Chapel; AJ Hill, Sr., GK, Woodland Hills
Corner kicks: Woodland Hills turned in its first winning record since 2015 when it missed the playoffs by four points. The Foxes finished their season with an 11-2 win over Penn Trafford. The Wolverines started their season with a 1-0 win over the Warriors. Fox Chapel finished second in Section 1. The Wolverines finished fourth in Section 3. Fox Chapel is led by a large group of seniors, but sophomore Eli Yofan has led the Foxes in goals through a majority of the season.
9-Kiski Area (11-5-2) at 8-Trinity (13-4)
2 p.m. Saturday at Trinity High School
Winner plays: Winner of 1-Franklin Regional (15-0-1)/16-Laurel Highlands (8-9) on Wednesday
Coaches: Sean Arnold, Kiski Area; Ryan Julian, Trinity
Players to watch: Owen Anderson, Sr., D, Kiski Area; Elijah Cincinnati, F, Jr., Trinity
Corner kicks: Trinity’s Elijah Cincinnati netted 37 goals this season. The Hillers are making their first playoff appearance since 2017 when they lost to Chartiers Valley in the first round. The Cavaliers are making their second straight playoff appearance after missing out in 2017 for the only time in Sean Arnold’s tenure. Trinity’s goalkeeper Colby Thomas finished the season with nine shutouts. The Cavaliers finished with eight. Both teams finished their seasons on four-game win streaks.
15-Steel Valley (8-7) vs. 2-Deer Lakes (13-4)
Noon Saturday at Hampton High School
Winner plays: Winner of 7-North Catholic (12-3-2)/10-Elizabeth Forward (9-8-1) on Wednesday
Coaches: Daniel Yates, Deer Lakes; Mark Perhacs, Steel Valley
Players to watch: Mike Sullivan, Jr. F, Deer Lakes; Jamison Mays, Sr. MF, Steel Valley
Corner kicks: A year after making a trip to the first PIAA state championship game in Deer Lakes history, the Lancers are looking to repeat their success this year and capture their first WPIAL title. Steel Valley is a three-time WPIAL champ, winning titles in 1994, 1995 and most recently in 2007. The Ironmen have come a long way since 2015, when they won just one game and allowed 115 goals while only scoring eight. The Lancers captured their second straight Section 2-AA title this year. Steel Valley finished fourth in Section 1.
8-Keystone Oaks (11-1-1) vs. 9-Freeport (11-5-2)
6 p.m. Saturday at Mars High School
Winner plays: Winner of 1-Quaker Valley (16-2)/16-Beth-Center (9-8-1) on Wednesday
Coaches: Sotiri Tsourekis, Keystone Oaks; Dave Terosky, Freeport
Players to watch: Isaac Wetzel, F, Fr., Freeport; Ryan Vargo, MF, Sr., Keystone Oaks
Corner kicks: The Golden Eagles just missed out on capturing their second straight Section 1-AA title this year and finished second. Freeport is led by its defense with 11 shutouts. The Yellowjackets offense has been led by Wetzel, who burst onto the scene as a freshman. Keystone Oaks has not lost since its first game of the season, which was a 3-0 game against South Park.
12-Burrell (10-5) vs. 5-Charleroi (17-1)
Noon Saturday at Franklin Regional
Winner plays: Winner of 4-Shady Side Academy (12-2-1)/13-Waynesburg (9-8) on Wednesday
Coaches: Andrew Kariotis, Burrell; Jon Ducoli, Charleroi
Players to watch: Jake Guerrini, F, Jr., Burrell; Cullin Woytovich, F, Sr., Charleroi
Corner kicks: Charleroi’s Cullin Woytovich is turning in one of the best individual seasons in the WPIAL with 48 goals and 23 assists. The Bucs made their last playoff appearance in 2014. With 10 seniors on the roster, Charleroi only has three players with double-digit goals, but all three have 23 or more. The Bucs only have one senior on their roster and have six shutouts this season.
11-Chartiers-Houston (11-5-2) vs. 6-Springdale (13-3)
2 p.m. Saturday at Fox Chapel
Winner plays: Winner of 3-Riverside (13-3)/14-Bishop Canevin (9-6-2) on Wednesday
Coaches: Cesareo Sanchez, Springdale; Alex Nikolopoulos, Chartiers-Houston
Players to watch: Mike Mitchell, MF, Sr., Springdale; Spencer Kane, MF, Sr., Chartiers-Houston
Corner kicks: The Buccaneers came into the playoffs on a five-game winning streak, including three straight shutouts to end the season. Springdale had a big challenge of replacing goalkeeper Mike Zolnierczyk, who graduated last season, but sophomore Andrew Haus has stepped up in a big way and has only allowed nine goals while recording nine shutouts. The Dynamos split the Section 3-A title with Carlynton after losing to them twice this season. Chartiers-Houston finished third in Section 4.
Greg Macafee is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Greg by email at email@example.com or via Twitter .
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