Soccer

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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Springdale’s Ephrain Duku works against Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ethan Boyle during their boys PIAA Class A state quarterfinal Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, at Peters Twp. High School.
Springdale boys soccer set to build on successful season
Over the course of the past three seasons, the Springdale boys soccer team has proved itself to be one of the best in WPIAL Class A.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Nate Ward celebrates his goal against Iroquois during the Centurions’ PIAA Class A first round state playoff game Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at Hampton High School.
Nate Ward shakes off defenders, leads GCC on deep playoff run
Nate Ward doesn’t fear contact. Maybe that is because the senior soccer player at Greensburg Central Catholic who will take his talents to NCAA Division I Indiana University next season can give it right back.

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Greensburg Central Catholic goalkeeper Lyndsey Szekely makes a save during the Centurions’ PIAA Class A girls state quarterfinal against Freedom Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, at Peters Twp. High School.
Greensburg Central Catholic works to overcome Shady Side Academy intimidation
November 10, 2019
Shady Side Academy represents more to Greensburg Central Catholic than a longtime section and playoff rival. More than its next playoff opponent on the pathway to Hershey. More than ordinary.

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Quaker Valley’s Matt Kublinski (5) battles Deer Lakes’ Michael Sullivan for a header during the WPIAL Class AA championship game Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Deer Lakes falls short but promises to come back stronger
After coming up just short in the PIAA Class AA state championship last season, the Deer Lakes boys soccer team came into 2019 with unfinished business.

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Mercyhurst Prep’s Jarrett Harry nets hat trick to propel Lakers past Deer Lakes.
November 9, 2019
The Deer Lakes boys soccer team wanted an opportunity to avenge its WPIAL Class AA championship loss to Quaker Valley.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Nate Ward celebrates his game-winning goal in overtime of a boys PIAA Class A state quarterfinal against Springdale Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, at Peters Twp. High School.
Ward golden for Greensburg Central Catholic boys in PIAA quarterfinals
It looked like Springdale had rendered Greensburg Central Catholic senior standout Nate Ward powerless for the better part of 82 minutes Saturday afternoon.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Samantha Nemeth (7) celebrates her goal with Natalie Ward during their girls PIAA Class A quarterfinal against Freedom Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, at Peters Twp. High School.
Nemeth’s goal the difference as GCC clips Freedom in PIAA Class A quarters
Somehow, Sam Nemeth managed to hoof the ball into the net.

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North Catholic’s Jayden Sharpless controls the ball in front of Yough’s Nicole Croushore during the girls WPIAL Class AA finals.
High school roundup for Nov. 9, 2019: Jayden Sharpless leads North Catholic girls soccer into PIAA semifinals
Jayden Sharpless had a goal and two assists to lead WPIAL champion North Catholic to a convincing 5-0 PIAA Class AA girls soccer quarterfinals victory over Bald Eagle Area on Saturday.

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Franklin Regional’s Nolan Scholze works against Blackhawk’s Justin Zubroski during the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals.
Franklin Regional blocks out hype, sets sights on next PIAA opponent
There is only one way to deal with all of the hype and pressure that comes with being a nationally ranked soccer team, one that sits three wins away from its first state title.

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