Soccer

SSA head soccer coach Mary Lynch talks to team after win on Oct. 9, 2018 against Jeannette.
Shady Side Academy’s Mary Lynch named Regional Coach of the Year
December 6, 2019
Throughout the postseason, a few WPIAL soccer coaches have earned coach of the year honors. Earlier this week another one joined the group.

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Members of the Mars girls soccer team lift the PIAA Class AAA trophy after defeating Villa Joseph Marie 1-0 at Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
Mars’ Blair Gerlach named PSCA Class AAA Girls Soccer Coach of the Year
December 4, 2019
Postseason honors keep piling up for the Mars girls soccer team.

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Deer Lakes’ Michael Sullivan (left) celebrates his game-winning goal in overtime with Tony Wanamaker during their WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal against North Catholic Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, at Seneca Valley High School.
Deer Lakes’ Michael Sullivan named Valley News Dispatch Boys Soccer Player of the Year
November 30, 2019
Valley News Dispatch Boys Soccer Player of the Year

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Burrell’s Allison Vescio works against Deer Lakes’ Elora O’Rourke during their game Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, at Burrell High School.
Burrell’s Allie Vescio named Valley News Dispatch Girls Soccer Player of the Year
Valley News Dispatch Girls Soccer Player of the Year

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Mars’ Taylor Hamlett celebrates as time expires in the girls WPIAL Class AAA championship game against Plum Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Mars’ Taylor Hamlett named Trib HSSN Girls Soccer Player of the Year
To accomplish something as significant as winning a WPIAL and PIAA title in the same season, teams must come together and reach their peak ability.

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Quaker Valley’s Dom Reiter (center) and teammates get set to hoist the PIAA Class AA championship trophy Nov. 15, 2019, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Quaker Valley’s Dom Reiter named Trib HSSN Boys Soccer Player of the Year
Not many people can say they had the type of senior year that Quaker Valley forward Dom Reiter did.

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After colliding with Quaker Valley’s Dom Reiter, New Hope goalkeeper Kyle Campbell scrambles for the ball during their PIAA Class AA boys soccer championship Nov. 15, 2019 at Hersheypark Stadium.
Reiter brothers help write Hollywood ending to Quaker Valley soccer season
November 24, 2019
Dom Reiter will replay the final moments from the PIAA Class AA championship game in his head over and over like a viral video.

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Senior members of the Penn-Trafford girls soccer team include in front, from left, Sarah Nguyen, Megan Giesey, Alexis Buzzard; in back, Hayley Grunberg, Haley Hofmeister, Christina DeLuca and Emma Rain.
Senior class put stamp on Penn-Trafford girls soccer program
November 23, 2019
Sarah Nguyen, Megan Giesey and Emma Rain are familiar faces in the Penn-Trafford girls soccer program.

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Hampton Ali Resch committed to Seton Hill on Nov. 15, 2019, at Hampton.
Hampton’s Resch sees opportunity with Seton Hill soccer
November 22, 2019
Not long ago Hampton senior soccer standout Ali Resch was thinking about hanging up the cleats after high school.

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Franklin Regional’s Anthony DiFalco works between Lower Dauphin’s Josh Koteles (9) and Vaughn Sarago during their PIAA Class 3A semifinal Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, at Mansion Park in Altoona.
Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Honors roll in for Franklin Regional boys soccer
November 16, 2019
Franklin Regional was lauded for its unbeaten regular season and its second straight WPIAL boys soccer championship.

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Mars’ Taylor Hamlett (38) celebrates withGwen Howell after defeating Plum in the girls WPIAL Class AAA championship game Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
PIAA Class AAA girls soccer finals primer: Mars vs. Villa Joseph Marie
November 15, 2019
Villa Joseph Marie (21-2-1) vs. Mars (21-0-1)

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Winchester Thurston’s Beck Buchanan works against Greensburg Central Catholic’s Seth Skowronek during their PIAA Class A state semifinal Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at Peters Twp. High School.
PIAA Class A boys soccer finals primer: Winchester Thurston vs. Moravian Academy
Moravian Academy (23-1) vs Winchester Thurston (19-2)

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Shady Side Academy’s Callie Davis (5) celebrates her first goal with Emory Anderson (21) and Gabby Hill-Junke during their PIAA Class A state semifinal against Greensburg Central Catholic Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at Peters Twp. High School.
PIAA Class A girls soccer finals primer: Shady Side Academy vs. Camp Hill
Camp Hill (24-0) vs. Shady Side Academy (20-1)

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Brett Powers (14) competes for the Brentwood soccer team during the 2019 season.
South Hills soccer, volleyball coaches praise unsung heroes
There usually is at least one of these athletes on every team.

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Logan Nicklas scored 60 goals for Hampton.
Hampton’s Logan Nicklas relishes goal scorer’s role, commits to Gannon
November 14, 2019
Scoring in soccer is often at a premium, so a natural goal scorer is among the most valuable of finds.

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Winchester Thurston’s Beck Buchanan works against Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ethan Boyle in front of the Centurions’ goal during their PIAA Class A state semifinal Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at Peters Twp. High School.
Beck Buchanan’s breakaway goals carry Winchester Thurston past GCC, into state finals
November 13, 2019
Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer coach Tyler Solis watched as his team fired shot after shot at Winchester Thurston, a few that struck the goal posts, bounced the wrong way and somehow stayed out of the net.

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Dom Reiter scored Quaker Valley’s first goal Wednesday night.
Quaker Valley beats Mercyhurst Prep to make 3rd state finals appearance in 4 years
The Quaker Valley boys soccer team is heading back to the PIAA Class AA state championship and they are starting to develop quite a sweet tooth.

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Shady Side Academy’s Gabby Hill-Junke scores past Greensburg Central Catholic goalkeeper Lyndsey Szekely during their PIAA Class A state semifinal Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at Peters Twp. High School.
Shady Side Academy dismisses Greensburg Central Catholic again to reach state finals
Greensburg Central Catholic and Shady Side Academy have been here before.

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Fox Chapel’s Will Carnevale is a Lehigh commit.
Fox Chapel’s Carnevale commits to Lehigh after taking academy route with PA Classics
Since he was a little kid, Fox Chapel’s Will Carnevale has dreamed of playing soccer at the next level.

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Franklin Regional’s Garrett Beaver celebrates with Blake Cooper after scoring the winning goal next to West Allegheny’s Brady Christian during the boys WPIAL Class AAA championship game Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Franklin Regional gets dose of perspective on eve of PIAA soccer semifinal
November 11, 2019
Franklin Regional’s boys soccer team practiced Monday evening under the lights in Murrysville as Veterans Day faded into night.

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