Soccer

Quaker Valley’s Weston Grant celebrates his second-half goal against Ambridge on Oct. 8.
Quaker Valley boys soccer using shortened season as motivation for next year
November 22, 2020
This season didn’t end the way the Quaker Valley boys soccer team wanted it to.

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North Allegheny goalkeeper Megan Miller makes a save next to Pennridge’s Tori Angelo during the PIAA Class 4A girls soccer state championship game on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Pennridge edges North Allegheny in double overtime for PIAA Class 4A crown
November 21, 2020
HERSHEY — Sometimes, there’s a bitter side to “The Sweetest Place on Earth.”

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North Catholic’s Lauren MacDonald moves the ball past Bloomsburg’s Kelsey Widom during the first half of the PIAA Class 2A girls soccer state championship game Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, at Hersheypark Stadium.
North Catholic girls soccer falls in first PIAA championship game appearance
North Catholic goalie Andrea Bean did everything she could during the Trojans’ first PIAA championship appearance on Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium.

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Fox Chapel’s Nate Lazzara (10) works against Shaler’s Nathan Ravas during their conference opener Sept. 14 at Fox Chapel.
Fox Chapel’s Nate Lazzara caps high school career with all-state, all-WPIAL recognition
Throughout the 2020 high school soccer season, the Fox Chapel boys soccer team had a player to rely on when a goal was desperately needed.

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North Allegheny’s Tulasi Syamala celebrates the Tigers’ first goal by Anna Bundy (left) next to Norwin goalkeeper Liz Waszkiewicz during a WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal Oct. 29.
PIAA soccer championships preview: Saturday’s games
November 20, 2020
Boys

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Deer Lakes’ Ryan Rodgers scores his second goal against Fairview during a PIAA Class AA state semifinal on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, at Deer Lakes High School. Deer Lakes won, 3-0.
Lancers ready for 2nd PIAA title game appearance after missing out in 2018
November 19, 2020
Making a trip to Hersheypark Stadium on a weekend in mid-November can leave a lasting impact on any high school team.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Mason Fabean (21) dribbles the ball against Brockway’s Joe Hertral (34) during their PIAA semifinal game at Norwin High School on Nov. 17, 2020.
Greensburg Central Catholic soccer teams set for PIAA finals
PIAA soccer championships

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Mars’ Erin Rodgers (17) celebrates her goal with Gwen Howell during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game against Plum on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, at North Allegheny.
Mars soccer teams look to cap undefeated seasons at PIAA championships
The Mars boys and girls soccer teams take their undefeated records into the final game of the season. Each will play for a state championship Friday at Hersheypark Stadium.

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North Allegheny’s Sarah Schupansky works past Norwin’s Alyssa Aquilio during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, at Norwin.
High school roundup for Nov. 17, 2020: Sarah Schupansky lifts North Allegheny into state finals
November 17, 2020
Sarah Schupansky scored the decisive goal in the middle of the second half to send North Allegheny to the PIAA Class 4A championship game with a 1-0 victory over Cumberland Valley at Altoona’s Mansion Park.

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Mars’ Nabil Lahlou had a goal and an assist Tuesday night.
Weather’s no problem for Mars boys soccer in PIAA semifinal victory
Mars boys soccer coach Chris Knauff said the ground was clear at his home five miles from the Mars Athletic Complex, so he was quite shocked to see a snow-covered field upon arrival.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Mason Fabean kicks on net to pick up an assist to help teammate Carlo Denis score on Rockwood in the first half on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020 in PIAA soccer playoffs at Norwin High School.
Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer chasing elusive PIAA title
November 16, 2020
Greensburg Central Catholic has a perennially strong boys soccer program.

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North Allegheny’s Paige Morningstar sets at the net during the first game against McDowell during a PIAA Class 4A quarterfinal on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, at North Allegheny.
PIAA releases sites, times for soccer, volleyball, field hockey semifinals
November 15, 2020
The PIAA has released the sites and times for Tuesday’s semifinal matches in boys and girls soccer, girls volleyball and field hockey.

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Plum’s Dannika Susko blocks a shot during a match on Oct. 20, 2020 at Kiski Area.
Plum celebrates successful fall sports season with 4 section, conference titles
November 14, 2020
Only two WPIAL schools had their football, girls volleyball, boys soccer and girls soccer teams capture section or conference titles during the fall 2020 season.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Tatum Gretz shoots and scores in the WPIAL Class A championship game against Our Lady of the Sacred Heart on Nov. 5.
PIAA soccer playoff preview: Greensburg Central Catholic boys, girls set for quarterfinals
November 13, 2020
Boys

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Deer Lakes’ Michael Sullivan celebrates after scoring the tying goal during the second half opf the WPIAL Class AA championship game against Shady SIde Academy on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, at North Allegheny.
Deer Lakes boys soccer has unfinished business in PIAA playoffs
As the Deer Lakes boys soccer team took the field for practice earlier this week at Lancers Stadium, players were still buzzing from capturing the first WPIAL title in school history.

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Greensburg Central Catholic head coach Tyler Solis presents his team with the WPIAL championship trophy after the Centurions defeated Winchester Thurston in the Class A final Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: GCC coach hopes for homecoming
November 12, 2020
The road to Hershey could lead to a homecoming for Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer coach Tyler Solis.

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Deer Lakes goalkeeper Nick Braun celebrates after making the winning save in penalty kicks during the WPIAL Class AA championship to defeat Shady SIde Academy, 2-1, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, at North Allegheny.
Deer Lakes goalie Nick Braun bursts onto scene in WPIAL title game
Over the past two years, Deer Lakes sophomore goalkeeper Nick Braun has had a strong defense in front of him, led by senior captain Colton Spence.

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Deer Lakes’ Ruger Beer celebrates after scoring on a penalty kick during the WPIAL Class AA championship to defeat Shady SIde Academy, 2-1, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, at North Allegheny.
Deer Lakes boys soccer program’s present, future on display in playoff run
November 11, 2020
Last Thursday, the Deer Lakes boys soccer team captured the first WPIAL title in school history by defeating No. 1 Shady Side Academy for the second time this season.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Bethany Winnor, left, and team captain Samantha Felder, right, come together for a celebration hug after Felder scored on OLSH in the WPIAL Class A girls soccer championship Thursday.
GCC girls soccer in great shape heading into state playoffs
November 10, 2020
When Olivia Kruger took over the girls soccer team at Greensburg Central Catholic, she wanted to “change the shape” of the Lady Centurions’ attack.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Carlo Denis (22) dribbles the ball against Winchester Thurston’s Massimiliano Memoli (10) during their game on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020.
After winning WPIAL title, GCC boys soccer turns focus to condensed state tournament
November 9, 2020
Only district champions make the PIAA soccer playoffs this year, so rematches against other WPIAL teams, practically a staple in the state postseason, is out of the question.

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