Soccer

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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Rick Kabbert was hired to coach the North Hills girls soccer team prior to the 2020 season.
Under new leadership, North Hills girls soccer optimistic for success
Rick Kabbert was leery he’d face some skepticism.

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Hampton girls soccer coach Bill Paholich led the Talbots to a 12-6-1 record last season.
Rebuilding Hampton girls eye 5th straight postseason berth
Emmy Chismer got a head start on what 2020 would bring.

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Hampton’s Max Saltrelli brings the ball upfield during a game at Freeport.
Saltrelli’s return to midfield bolsters Hampton boys soccer team
Max Saltrelli is a starting center midfielder for the Hampton boys soccer team and a 40-goal scorer for the school’s lacrosse program.

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Fox Chapel’s Makayla Mulholland heads the ball next to Penn-Trafford’s Avery Hofmeister during their game Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Harrison City.
Fox Chapel girls soccer enters new section with deep, talented roster
With 11 seniors and seven returning starters leading the way for the 2020 season, the Fox Chapel girls soccer team has its sights set on big things in Section 3-AAAA and beyond.

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Fox Chapel’s Nate Lazzara works against Shaler’s Nathan Ravas on Sept. 14 at Fox Chapel.
Fox Chapel boys soccer prepares to take another step forward with cohesive lineup
In the first game of their season, the Fox Chapel boys soccer team shut out Shaler, 3-0, in a conference battle.

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Riverview’s Kayona Perkins (right) was one of 12 seniors from the girls soccer team who graduated.
Low numbers force Riverview soccer teams to cancel seasons
The Riverview boys and girls varsity soccer teams were unable to overcome a numbers game that halted plans for the 2020 season, but boys coach Mickey Namey and girls coach Sean Abraham, along with athletic director Mario Rometo, are hopeful the teams and their players can return to competition in 2021.

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Franklin Regional’s Caroline Tragesser plays against Penn-Trafford on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 at Murrysville Golf Club.
High school roundup for Sept. 17, 2020: Bethel Park’s Mia Gorman wins elusive section tennis title
September 17, 2020
After falling in the final each of the past two seasons, Bethel Park’s Mia Gorman claimed her first section championship with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Mt. Lebanon’s Lauren Mastellar in the Section 4-AAA championship match at Bethel Park.

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Belle Vernon’s Jillian Butchki competes against Latrobe on Sept. 1, 2019, at Belle Vernon.
Belle Vernon looks to rebound after section streak ends
September 16, 2020
Belle Vernon is not that bad. It remains to be seen if Connellsville is that good.

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Canon-McMillan’s Joey Fonagy (7) celebrates after scoring the winning goal in overtime during the boys WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Mt. Lebanon last season.
WPIAL boys soccer preview: Long list of contenders eye up Canon Mac in Class 4A
September 15, 2020
Class 4A

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Samantha Nemeth (7) celebrates her goal with Jessica Nemeth during their girls PIAA Class A quarterfinal against Freedom Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, at Peters Twp. High School.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Penn-Trafford, Hempfield football games will play as scheduled
September 13, 2020
The status of a pair of local Week 2 football games is no longer up in the air.

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Gateway junior Jenna Shuman controls the ball before a scrimmage Sept. 8 against Woodland Hills at Gateway’s Antimarino Stadium.
Gateway girls soccer aims to peak early in season
September 10, 2020
The Gateway girls soccer team came within penalty kicks of ousting No. 2 Plum in the first round of last year’s WPIAL Class AAA playoffs.

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Carlynton’s Demetrius Howe (12) competes against Aquinas Academy last season.
Signal Item boys soccer preview: Carlynton has championship potential
The 2020 high school sports season is underway. A season once thought to be in jeopardy of being canceled or possibly moved to the spring has kicked off for athletes playing football, field hockey, volleyball, golf, tennis, cross-country and soccer.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Luke Giger (35), a sophomore forward (at right), attempts to block the pass of a Baldwin opponent on Sept. 7, 2019, during a nonsection game at TJ.
Thomas Jefferson boys soccer to rely on depth, defense in move to Section 3-3A
The overriding factor in all facets surrounding the Thomas Jefferson boys soccer program — as at all area schools — is the coronavirus pandemic.

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Molly McGuire is one of Penn Hills’ captains this season.
Return of rivalries energizes Penn Hills girls soccer program
The Penn Hills girls soccer program is optimistic heading into the season as the Indians look to see how their mix of seasoned veterans with an influx of young talent will fare against new competition.

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Lenny Duncan led Penn Hills with eight goals last season.
Interest in Penn Hills boys soccer on the rise
The Penn Hills boys soccer team might not have experienced success in recent years in the win column. However, the Indians believe they’ve turned the corner as interest in the program is at its highest in recent times.

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Burrell’s Annie Weimer dribbles the ball during a team drill Sept. 8, 2020 at Bon Air Elementary School in Lower Burrell.
Alle-Kiski Valley girls soccer preview: Burrell back for more
September 9, 2020
The Burrell girls soccer team made program history last year with an undefeated regular season and its first section title since 2005.

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