Soccer

High school roundup for Sept. 21, 2019: Freeport boys soccer stays hot
September 21, 2019
Hunter Hardin scored the game’s lone goal off an assist from Dan Lynch via corner kick as Freeport earned its fourth straight shutout victory with a 1-0 win over Burrell (3-5-0, 5-6-0) in a Section 2-AA boys soccer game.

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Thomas Jefferson girls soccer captains in 2019 are, from left, are Dalaney Ranallo and Mia Maksin.
Pair of seniors lead Thomas Jefferson girls soccer in different ways
September 20, 2019
The Thomas Jefferson girls soccer team is dealing with a unique situation this season.

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Brentwood’s Shashak Gurung returns for the 2019 season.
Brentwood boys soccer program building momentum
The Brentwood boys soccer team is hoping to build off the success of 2018.

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Quaker Valley players participate in drills during soccer practice at the high school Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019.
Quaker Valley boys soccer continues section dominance
While the players may change on a yearly basis, one thing remains constant for Quaker Valley’s boys soccer team: The Quakers dominate section play.

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Plum’s Marissa Liberto (33) competes against West Mifflin September 18, 2019.
Plum girls soccer uses team-first approach to climb standings
From the first meeting with his players, first-year Plum girls soccer coach Jamie Stewart’s message has been “team first.”

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Shady Side Academy’s Molly Skvorak (middle) is a senior goalkeeper for the Indians.
The Herald Spotlight Athlete: Molly Skvorak, Shady Side Academy
Molly Skvorak, a senior goalkeeper on the Shady Side Academy girls soccer team, is a big reason the Indians are off to a 5-1 start. She has been on the team since her sophomore year. She also plays softball in the spring and is on the squash team in the winter. She is undecided on a college but hopes to major in political science.

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Plum’s DD Flowers controls the ball in front of Knoch’s Adam Walker during a scrimmage on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019.
Plum boys soccer relying on chemistry during hot start
Sometimes, a year of rebuilding and blending a group of players is all it takes. At least that’s the case for the Plum boys soccer team.

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WPIAL sets hearing date for Connellsville, Allderdice to address racial, anti-gay slurs
Representatives from Connellsville and Allderdice will meet next week to address allegations that the schools’ boys soccer teams used racial and anti-gay slurs.

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Hampton’s Gabe Viszlay (16) and Mars’ Luke Harvey (22) compete for a loose ball September 17, 2019 at Mars.
Sophomores spark Hampton boys soccer team
For the Hampton boys soccer team, sophomores are finding out just how much they can grow in two years.

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Fox Chapel’s Amani D’Ambrosio competes against Latrobe and North Allegheny September 19, 2019 at Pittsburgh Field Club.
High school roundup for Sept. 19, 2019: Mt. Lebanon soccer tops Upper St. Clair in OT thriller
September 19, 2019
John Delveaux headed in a corner kick in the final minute of the first overtime to lead Mt. Lebanon (6-1-1, 6-0) to a 3-2 victory boys soccer victory over Upper St. Clair (5-1-2, 3-1-2) in a matchup of unbeaten teams in Section 2-AAAA play. Kieran McDonough and Danny Simboro scored to give Mt. Lebanon a 2-0 halftime lead.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Sam Felder controls the ball in front of Riverview’s Haley Carlino during their game Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Oakmont. No. 1 GCC won, 7-1.
High school roundup for Sept. 18, 2019: No. 1 South Park defends top spot in Class AA girls soccer
September 18, 2019
Maya Wertelet and Danielle DeProspo scored two goals apiece as No. 1 South Park (5-2, 4-1) recorded a 7-0 victory over No. 4 Mt. Pleasant (6-2, 4-2) in a girls soccer battle of top five teams and Section 3-AA contenders Wednesday. Haleigh Finale, Nora Ozimek and Grace Albitz also scored for South Park.

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Belle Vernon’s Maverick Selvoski competes against Ringgold on Sept. 3, 2019, at Belle Vernon.
Belle Vernon soccer emerges as WPIAL contender ahead of schedule
A team this young is not supposed to be this good, this soon. Its best years should lie ahead.

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Shady Side Academy’s Hazem Hamda moves the ball past Mount Pleasant’s Nathan Saloom during their game Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, at Mount Pleasant Area High School.
High school roundup for Sept. 17, 2019: Reiter twins carry Quaker Valley past North Catholic
September 17, 2019
Twin brothers Fritz and Dom Reiter scored goals to help No. 1 Quaker Valley (6-2, 5-0) to a 3-0 win Tuesday, handing No. 3 North Catholic (6-1, 3-1) its first loss of the season in a matchup of Section 4-AA powers. Franky Fernandez also scored for Quaker Valley.

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Freeport senior center back Kylie Hoffman works through a drill Tuesday in advance of Wednesday’s Section 2-AA clash with Burrell.
Freeport girls soccer looks for leg up in tight section race
The Freeport girls soccer team began its season with cautious optimism as youth was served in several areas on the field and paired up with veteran talent.

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WPIAL girls soccer rankings through Sept. 16, 2019
Here’s a look at this week’s WPIAL girls soccer rankings through Monday’s games:

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Norwin’s Paloma Swankler is embraced by teammate Katelyn Kauffman, right, after Swankler scored the first goal of the game against Hempfield on Wednesday night, Sept. 4, 2019 at Hempfield Area High School’s Spartan Stadium during girls’ WPIAL soccer.
Balanced attack leading Norwin girls soccer
Norwin’s girls soccer team is hoping to rediscover its championship recipe this fall.

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Fox Chapel’s Zane Ingram (21) competes against North Allegheny September 14, 2019 at North Allegheny.
With a team-first mentality, Zane Ingram is leading Fox Chapel to fast start
September 16, 2019
Ever since Zane Ingram joined the Fox Chapel boys soccer program as a freshman, he’s always put the team first.

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High school roundup for Sept. 14, 2019: Burgettstown rallies past Summit
September 14, 2019
After trailing by 10 points after the first quarter, Burgettstown scored 44 unanswered points in a 46-12 victory over Summit Academy (0-4) in a nonconference football game Saturday afternoon.

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Norwin’s Megan Dietz runs after a loose ball on an attempted breakaway as Hempfield’s Leah Kern defends on Wednesday night, Sept. 4, 2019 at Hempfield Area High School’s Spartan Stadium during girls’ WPIAL soccer.
Balanced attack leading Norwin girls soccer
September 13, 2019
Norwin’s girls soccer team is hoping to rediscover its championship recipe this fall.

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Shaler’s Jake Klonowski (15) and Seneca Valley’s Mason Baldwin (8) battle for possession September 10, 2019 at Seneca Valley.
Shaler soccer coach preaches patience
September 12, 2019
Adam Hunter doesn’t want the Shaler Area boys soccer team to be too frustrated.

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