Soccer

Highlands girls soccer coach Paul Matisz watches Mia Ruediger in a footwork drill during a workout July 22, 2021, at Highlands’ Golden Rams Stadium.
Highlands turns to familiar face to lead girls soccer program
July 23, 2021
Paul Matisz was hired last week as coach of the girls soccer program at Highlands. There was no need for an introduction to the Golden Rams players.

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Norwin girls soccer coach Diane Metzger
Norwin alum Metzger expects smooth transition as new coach of girls soccer team
July 18, 2021
When she begins her new job, Diane Metzger said she will not have to focus on fixing something that isn’t broken.

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Penn Hills girls soccer coach Ashley DeVito and her team finished 9-8 in 2020.
Penn Hills girls soccer eager to get to work in offseason
Seventh-year Penn Hills girls soccer coach Ashley DeVito is always up for an opportunity to keep her team engaged in the offseason.

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Maggie Behun and Rachel Loudermilk will be co-head coaches for the Quaker Valley girls soccer team for the 2021 season. From left are Anna Licastro, Loudermilk, Behun, Chase Kriebel, Eleanore Burns and Clare Elste.
Behun, Loudermilk to lead Quaker Valley girls soccer as co-head coaches
Former Quaker Valley girls soccer coach Jamie Birmingham knew he was going to step down at the end of last season, so he approached assistants Maggie Behun and Rachel Loudermilk and asked them if they wanted to step up into the role.

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Baldwin grad Alina Stahl competes for West Virginia women’s soccer during the 2021 season.
Baldwin grad Alina Stahl looks forward to senior season at WVU
Alina Stahl has been an accomplished student-athlete since her freshman year at Baldwin.

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The Pittsburgh Hotspurs 2005 Blue girls soccer team will test its mettle at the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships in Sarasota and Bradenton, Fla. Team members are Kaley Simqu (Plum), McKenzie Pritts (Yough), Sofia Decerb (Latrobe), Emily Mannion (Gateway), Ashley Ornowski (Norwin), Ava Weleski (Plum), Kaitlyn Killinger (Plum), Gabriella Folino (Oakland Catholic), Cami Collins (Plum), Casey Gorman (Mt. Lebanon), Alyssa Aquillio (Norwin), Regan Reilly (Latrobe), EmilyRae Graeca (DuBois), Madisyn Jesih (Gateway) and Ava Lorenzi (Latrobe).
Plum soccer players head to national tournament with Pittsburgh Hotspurs
July 16, 2021
Plum rising junior Cami Collins said the Pittsburgh Hotspurs 05 Blue girls soccer season has been one to remember, and the goal is to bring home the gold from next week’s U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships in Bradenton and Sarasota, Fla.

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New Deer Lakes varsity boys soccer coach Aaron Smith instructs during a workout July 14, 2021, at Lancers Stadium.
New Deer Lakes soccer coach Aaron Smith steps in to ‘higher-end program’
July 15, 2021
Aaron Smith spent the past 11 years on the sidelines for the Valley girls soccer team.

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Southmoreland’s Olivia Cernuto plays against Mt. Pleasant on Jan. 14.
Westmoreland County Girls Athlete of the Year: Olivia Cernuto, Southmoreland
July 10, 2021
Unless she takes a summer vacation or a few random days off, Olivia Cernuto gets little rest during the sports year.

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Diane Metzger to take over Norwin girls soccer team
July 1, 2021
Diane Metzger is the new girls soccer coach at Norwin.

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Winners of the first Kaitlyn "Moe" Rosensteel Scholarship Foundation $2,000 scholarships Hannah Nelson (left) and Sydney Willig.
Inspirational soccer standouts honored with ‘Moe’ Rosensteel scholarships
May 25, 2021
The Kaitlyn “Moe” Rosensteel Scholarship Foundation planned to award one scholarship to a deserving WPIAL girls soccer player in the name of the late Ringgold and travel soccer standout and West Virginia Wesleyan recruit who was killed in June of 2019 by a lightning strike at Mammoth Park in Mt. Pleasant Township.

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Norwin’s Emma Rigone (3) celebrates the Lady Knights’ first goal with Anna Durmis during the second half of their game against Penn-Trafford Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, at Norwin.
Westmoreland notebook: Youngstown State right fit for Norwin’s Rigone
May 18, 2021
Emma Rigone had interest from a number of Division I women’s soccer programs but went with the one that checked all the boxes.

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Norwin girls soccer coaches Lauren Karcher (left) and Lesley Kaminski talk to their team before practice Monday, Aug. 27, 2018.
Norwin soccer coach Lauren Karcher resigns after 7 successful seasons
May 14, 2021
Pregnant with her second child who is due to arrive in mid-September, Lauren Karcher knows she won’t be able to dedicate all of her attention to the girls soccer program at Norwin.

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Gateway senior Joelle Jenkins has commited to the women’s soccer team at Cal (Pa.). With Jenkins is Gateway athletic director Don Holl.
Gateway soccer standout seizes opportunity with Cal (Pa.)
April 18, 2021
In December, Gateway senior Jayson Jenkins set in stone his decision to kick in college for the Robert Morris football team.

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Fundraiser for former Franklin Regional soccer coach Kurt Landsberg at $29,000 and counting
April 12, 2021
Local avid soccer enthusiast and former coach Kurt Landsberg is battling Glioblastoma, an aggressive type of cancer in his brain.

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Deer Lakes’ Colton Spence controls the ball during the WPIAL Class AA championship game against Shady Side Academy on Nov. 5, 2020, at North Allegheny.
Deer Lakes defender Colton Spence commits to Robert Morris
April 2, 2021
For the past two seasons, Deer Lakes senior defender Colton Spence has been the backbone of the Lancers defense on the soccer field and now he’s taking his talents to Robert Morris.

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Deer Lakes coach Dan Yates celebrates with his team after defeating Shady Side Academy, 2-1, in penalty kicks, to win the WPIAL Class AA championship Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, at North Allegheny.
Dan Yates resigns as Deer Lakes boys soccer coach after successful 2-year run
April 1, 2021
After leading the Deer Lakes boys soccer program to its first WPIAL title, back-to-back WPIAL championship game appearances, and its second PIAA championship game in three years, coach Dan Yates is moving on to the collegiate level.

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Thomas Louisy is the new Franklin Regional boys soccer coach.
Louisy eager to take over Franklin Regional boys soccer program
March 20, 2021
Thomas Louisy had pondered coaching high school soccer in the past.

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Mars’ Aly Cooper battles Plum’s Jamie Seneca for possession during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, at North Allegheny.
Plum senior soccer players to continue careers at next level
March 15, 2021
Plum girls soccer coach Jamie Stewart knew that at the end of the 2020 season he would be losing another strong senior class that had accomplished a great deal on and off the field.

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David Teorsky spent eight seasons coaching the Freeport boys soccer team.
Dave Teorsky resigns as Freeport boys soccer coach
March 2, 2021
Freeport boys soccer coach Dave Teorsky resigned this week after eight seasons at the helm of the program.

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Belle Vernon head coach Rob Miele during soccer practice at James Weir Stadium, in Belle Vernon, on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018.
Successful Belle Vernon boys soccer coach Miele resigns
January 18, 2021
Rob Miele said the adage is true. When it comes to the tail end of coaching stop, you just know.

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