Soccer

Norwin senior Sydney Willig
Norwin soccer player tackles challenges presented by cystic fibrosis
September 29, 2020
While most students are still sleeping, hours away from their phone alarm sounding to get them up for school, Sydney Willig is up before the sun, wide awake and confronting a disease.

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Westmoreland girls soccer notebook: Loaded with underclassmen, Latrobe on the rise
Latrobe has senior leadership on the soccer field but don’t sleep on the underclassmen who have blended in well and could spell a bright future for the program.

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Burrell’s Leah Brockett (right) scores her first goal next to Deer Lakes’ Abigail Boulos during the first half of a Section 2-AA game Sept. 23, 2020, in West Deer. Burrell won, 4-2.
A-K Valley girls soccer notebook: Burrell looking forward to homecoming
The Burrell girls soccer team has hit the road in the early part of the season, waiting to play on the new turf field at Buccaneers Stadium.

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Deer Lakes midfielder Mike Sullivan looks to control the ball while being challenged by Burrell midfielder Cameron Wagner
Deer Lakes boys soccer gets back on track with much-needed section win over Burrell
September 28, 2020
The Deer Lakes boys soccer team was looking to rebound from its first loss of the season, and its Section 2-2A contest against Burrell on Monday was exactly what the Lancers were looking for.

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Shady Side Academy’s Hazem Hamda moves the ball past Mt. Pleasant’s Nathan Saloom last season.
Shady Side Academy boys soccer attacking season with championship aspirations
September 26, 2020
Just like every year, the Shady Side Academy boys soccer team is considered one of the top teams in WPIAL Class 2A this season and rightfully so.

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Norwin’s Paloma Swankler dribbles the ball midfield against Hempfield on Wednesday night, Sept. 4, 2019 at Hempfield Area High School’s Spartan Stadium.
Norwin notebook: Girls soccer team’s long section winning streak comes to close
Norwin girls soccer coaches and players were not altogether thrilled when the WPIAL two-year realignment cycle brought some change to their section. They couldn’t have been.

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Shady Side Academy’s Caleb Massie (left) and North Hills’ Nate Adamietz play during a scrimmage last year.
Young North Hills boys soccer team looking to build
With almost two dozen sophomores and freshmen on the roster, North Hills boys soccer coach Jared Steigerwald has focused this fall on teaching fundamentals.

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North Allegheny’s Kensly Owens works past North Hills defender Juan Reyes Oyono Mikue during their game on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in McCandless.
WPIAL committee to meet to discuss potential tweaks to soccer playoff format
September 25, 2020
The WPIAL soccer playoffs could look similar to previous years, but that is not a certainty as a condensed, 32-day regular season winds into late September.

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North Allegheny’s Kensly Owens collides with North Hills goalkeeper Blake Nicholas during their game on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in McCandless.
High school roundup for Sept. 24, 2020: Kensly Owens powers No. 2 North Allegheny
September 24, 2020
Kensly Owens scored four goals to lead No. 2 North Allegheny (3-1-1, 2-1-1) to an 8-0 victory over rival North Hills (0-3, 0-3) in a Section 1-4A boys soccer match Thursday night.

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Norwin’s Riley Zimmerman heads the ball over Penn-Trafford’s Logan Swartz on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 at Norwin High School.
Norwin boys soccer uses quick-strike offense to top Penn-Trafford
Scoring early has become a trend for the Norwin boys soccer team.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Nathan Kubasky works out during practice on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at Vikings Stadium.
Mt. Pleasant boys soccer dominates out of the gates
September 23, 2020
In soccer, defense often leads to offense. But there are cases where the opposite is true.

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Plum senior Abby Lewis sharpens her footwork during a drill at practice on Sept. 15, 2020.
Plum girls soccer ready to stare down challengers
Plum girls soccer coach Jamie Stewart said his players understand they have bigger targets on their backs this season after making a run last year that produced a trip to the WPIAL Class AAA championship game at Highmark Stadium and the program’s first berth in the PIAA tournament.

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South Side’s Jayson Crooks battles Sewickley Academy’s Sean Donahue for a header during their game Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at Nichols Field in Edgeworth.
High school roundup for Sept. 22, 2020: Peters Township blanks Upper St. Clair
September 22, 2020
Andrew Massucci scored twice and Derek Ligouri recorded the shutout as Peters Township (3-0-1, 2-0-1) stayed unbeaten with a 2-0 boys soccer victory Tuesday over Upper St. Clair (2-1, 2-1) in Section 2-4A.

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Norwin’s Katelyn Kauffman works against Fox Chapel’s Carly Barnett during last year’s WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinals.
Westmoreland County girls soccer notebook: Norwin tackling tough section schedule
Norwin girls soccer coaches and players were not altogether thrilled when the WPIAL two-year realignment cycle brought some change to their section.

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Southmoreland sophomore Olivia Cernuto keeps an eye on the ball while dribbling between teammates Tuesday at Southmoreland High School.
Southmoreland the surprise of WPIAL girls soccer
Southmoreland is by no means a girls soccer powerhouse.

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Fox Chapel’s Britta Lagerquist (4) scores her first goal against Penn-Trafford last Tuesday.
WPIAL boys and girls soccer rankings for Sept. 21, 2020
September 21, 2020
WPIAL soccer rankings

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Shaler’s Lance Woessner makes a save during a game on Sept. 14, 2020, at Fox Chapel.
Shaler boys soccer adapting to change early on this season
September 20, 2020
Peering at the scoreline of the Shaler Area boys soccer team’s season opener,coach Adam Hunter doesn’t find what he anticipates seeing all season.

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High school roundup for Sept. 19, 2020: North Allegheny girls soccer trips up Norwin in OT
September 19, 2020
Lucia Wells and Abigail Stager scored to lead No. 5 North Allegheny (2-0, 1-0) to a 2-1 overtime victory in a nonconference matchup of ranked girls soccer teams Saturday. Lacey Bernick scored for No. 1 Norwin, which lost its second straight game.

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Plum senior Abby Lewis sharpens her footwork during a drill at practice on Sept. 15, 2020.
Plum girls soccer ready to stare down challengers
Plum girls soccer coach Jamie Stewart said his players understand they have bigger targets on their backs this season after making a run last year that produced a trip to the WPIAL Class AAA championship game at Highmark Stadium and the program’s first-ever berth in the PIAA tournament.

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Norwin’s Riley Zimmerman battles Seneca Valley’s Zachary LaValle for the ball during the WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinals last season.
Norwin boys soccer ready for another playoff run
After a lengthy first-round playoff drought, Norwin broke through and reached at least the WPIAL boys soccer quarterfinals two years in a row.

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