Soccer

Pine-Richland’s Ava Boyd
Pine-Richland’s Ava Boyd turns heads at soccer showcase
January 23, 2022
Ava Boyd boarded a plane to Florida knowing she was going to play in a soccer game with some of the best girls in the country.

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Franklin Regional’s Sydney Lindeman plays against Hampton on Oct. 6, 2021, at Hampton High School.
Lindeman, Boyd picked for ECNL all-star showcase
January 6, 2022
A pair of WPIAL girls soccer standouts and Pittsburgh Riverhounds Academy players were selected to play in a national showcase.

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New Castle’s Isaiah Boice (left) celebrates with Jonathan Anderson after defeating Chartiers Valley, 61-45, in the WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Saturday, March 13, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
Trib HSSN Top 21 Stories of 2021: New Castle basketball adds to trophy case
December 26, 2021
The past year wasn’t one giant leap for mankind, but 2021 was one big step back toward “normalcy” for all of us, especially the high school athletes from around the WPIAL.

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Springdale’s Andrew Haus played soccer and football during the 2021 fall season.
A-K Valley senior spotlight: Springdale’s Andrew Haus
December 20, 2021
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Franklin Regional’s Anthony DiFalco plays against Hampton during a WPIAL 3A semifinal on Nov. 1, 2021, at Gateway High School.
Franklin Regional soccer star DiFalco commits to Duquesne
December 17, 2021
The long-awaited college decision of one of the WPIAL’s best soccer players finally came to light Friday.

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Plum’s Luke Kolankowski works the ball upfield during a game against Franklin Regional on Sept. 7.
Plum’s Luke Kolankowski selected as Valley News Dispatch Boys Soccer Player of the Year
December 4, 2021
Luke Kolankowski has always seen himself as a facilitator in the offense for the Plum boys soccer team.

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Steel Valley’s Kelsey Salopek works against Springdale’s Lilly Iadiccco during their WPIAL Class A semifinal on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, at Gateway High School.
Trib HSSN WPIAL girls soccer all-stars: Steel Valley’s Salopek takes game to next level
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Franklin Regional’s Anthony DiFalco plays against Plum on Sept. 7, 2021, at Franklin Regional High School.
Trib HSSN WPIAL boys soccer all-stars: Franklin Regional’s DiFalco caps remarkable career
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Bethel Park’s Lily Gaston (35) competes during the 2021 soccer season.
Bethel Park girls soccer continues resurgence with another playoff season
The turnaround began last year and continued into the 2021 season.

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Quaker Valley goalkeeper Zach Buhr makes a save against Lewisburg during the PIAA Class 2A championship game.
Defense forms backbone of Quaker Valley soccer’s state title team
November 28, 2021
They say defense wins championships in football.

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Quaker Valley seniors celebrate with their gold medals after defeating Lewisburg to win the PIAA Class 2A final.
Quaker Valley reflects on memorable run to another PIAA boys soccer title
Quaker Valley’s soccer legacy climbed a notch higher this season.

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Steel Valley’s Kelsey Salopek works against Springdale’s Lilly Iadiccco during their WPIAL Class A semifinal on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, at Gateway High School.
Kelsey Salopek of Steel Valley wins Moe Rosensteel Award
November 21, 2021
Kelsey Salopek led Steel Valley to its first WPIAL girls soccer championship this season.

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Plum’s Kaitlyn Killinger battles Mars’ Katherine McEnroe for possession during their PIAA Class3A semifinal on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, at Shaler Stadium.
After trip to PIAA semifinals, future looks promising for Plum girls soccer
The Plum girls soccer team accomplished many things in 2021 and finished with 21 victories through the regular season, WPIAL playoffs and PIAA tournament.

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Playoff win, 2nd-half surge highlight Quaker Valley girls soccer season
Quaker Valley strung together a winning record in the second half of the girls soccer season.

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Quaker Valley’s Rowan Kriebel had 32 goals and 19 assists during the regular season.
Kriebel cousins make mark on Quaker Valley soccer programs
They are two of a kind.

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Hampton’s Zach Panza (left) celebrates with Holden Pritts as time expires in the PIAA Class 3A championship game against Archbishop Wood on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Hampton boys soccer claims state championship with shutout
November 20, 2021
HERSHEY — Hampton won the PIAA Class 3A boys soccer title 1-0 over Archbishop Wood on Saturday night at Hersheypark Stadium, capping a successful weekend of WPIAL soccer that saw five state championships for local teams.

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Franklin Regional’s Billy Christafano battles Kiski Area’s Ethan Beck for a header during their WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal Oct. 27.
Franklin Regional boys soccer remains among elite with another superb season
It’s the time of year when postseason games and accolades pile up for the Franklin Regional boys soccer program.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Sara Felder takes a shot against Freedom during a PIAA Class A quarterfinal Nov. 13, 2021, at West Allegheny.
Greensburg C.C.-Southern Columbia PIAA soccer championship capsule for Nov. 20, 2021
November 19, 2021
PIAA Class A girls soccer championship

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Avonworth’s Maura Logan hugs goalkeeper Maggie Pappas after the Lady Lopes’ 2-1 loss to Allentown Central Catholic in the PIAA Class 2A state championship game on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Late rally lifts Allentown Central Catholic past Avonworth in PIAA Class 2A girls soccer final
HERSHEY — The Avonworth girls soccer team was three minutes away from finishing off its first PIAA championship victory in its first appearance in Hershey.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ward sisters, from left, Sydney, Natalie and Sarah. Natalie is a senior defender and Sarah an assistant coach for the Centurions, who will play for a PIAA championship Saturday in Hershey.
Era ending for Ward family dynasty in Greensburg Central Catholic soccer
November 18, 2021
The Ward family name has long been a part of Greensburg Central Catholic soccer. It holds pride and championship clout.

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