A-K Valley girls soccer preview capsules: Games of Monday, Oct. 28, 2019
Sunday, October 27, 2019 | 5:36 PM
3-West Allegheny (15-2) vs. 2-Plum (16-1-1)
8 p.m. Monday at Mars
Winner plays: Winner of 1-Mars (16-0-1)/5-Belle Vernon (16-3) in the championship at Highmark Stadium (time, date TBD).
Coaches: Dave Tissue, West Allegheny; Jamie Stewart, Plum
Players to Watch: Mackenzie Taranto, Jr., F, West Allegheny; Kaitlyn Killinger, Fr., F, Plum
Corner kicks: Plum and West Allegheny are seeking their first WPIAL titles. … Plum extended its winning streak to 14 games with its 4-2 win over Hampton in Thursday’s quarterfinals. The Mustangs have scored 92 goals through 18 games and have surrendered just 15 with eight shutouts. Plum is in the postseason for the eighth straight season. The Mustangs have advanced to semifinals for the first time in program history. … West Allegheny, the Section 4 champion, advanced to the semifinals with a 3-1 victory over No. 6 Kiski Area on Thursday. The Indians are on a six-game winning streak and have outscored their opponents 17-4 during that stretch. They doubled up Oakland Catholic, Section 3 co-champion with Plum, 4-2 in the regular season. West Allegheny is in the semifinals for the first time in only their second trip to the playoffs in program history.
8-Freeport (16-4) vs. 5-Yough (16-1-1)
6 p.m. Monday at Mars
Winner plays: Winner of 2-North Catholic (12-4)/3-South Park (13-3-1) in the championship at Highmark Stadium (time, date TBD).
Coaches: Brittni Grenninger, Freeport; Dann Appolonia, Yough
Players to Watch: Akina Boynton, Fr., M, Freeport; Natalie Vilchek, Jr., M, Yough
Corner kicks: Freeport and Yough are seeking their first WPIAL championships. The teams met in the 2016 Class AA quarterfinals with Freeport scoring a 3-0 win. … The Yellowjackets are in the semifinals for the third time in four seasons. They beat Waynesburg to advance to the 2016 title game but lost to Waynesburg in the 2017 semifinals. Freeport upended No. 1 Hopewell, 2-1, in the quarterfinals Thursday on a goal by freshman Akina Boynton with 23 seconds left in regulation. Senior Sidney Shemanski has a team-best 37 on the season. Freeport has won four in a row. … Yough also advanced to the semifinals in 2017 but was denied a spot in the finals with a 3-0 loss to Freedom. The Cougars, the Section 3 co-champion, defeated No. 4 Burrell 1-0 in the quarterfinals Thursday, giving the Bucs their first loss of the season. Senior Justine Appolonia, Yough’s all-time leading scorer and a Youngstown State recruit, was limited to one shot in the game, but Amber Biros came through with the game-winner off a first-half corner kick from Vilchek. Yough has won six in a row since tying Section 3 co-champion South Park on Oct. 2.
Michael Love is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Michael by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter .
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