Soccer

Gateway junior Kira Pivik scored six goals during the 2020 regular season.
Gateway girls soccer navigates tough stretch of schedule to make playoffs
October 24, 2020
The Gateway girls soccer team finished its regular season with seven games in 11 days as a stretch of time off because covid issues within the school district created a stretch run more compact than normal.

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Strong finish lifts Gateway boys soccer into playoffs
The Gateway boys soccer team last week finished its mission of returning to the WPIAL playoffs for the first time since 2016.

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Shaler girls soccer looking to future after pair of positive late-season results
The back half of Section 1-4A play didn’t go how Shaler Area girls soccer coach Craig Wilkins hoped it would go.

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Chartiers Valley’s Tatiana Adzima participates in a team drill last season. Chartiers Valley’s Tatiana Adzima participates in a team drill Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 at Chartiers Valley Stadium.
Chartiers Valley soccer teams aiming for return to playoffs in 2021
The Chartiers Valley soccer programs were riding high four years ago.

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Bishop Canevin’s Jack Staley (left) battles with Seton LaSalle’s John Pete during a game last season.
Optimism abounds for Bishop Canevin boys, Carlynton girls soccer programs
Sometimes in sports, a small snow ball rolls to the point it becomes an avalanche.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Emily Kane competes against Baldwin on Oct. 17, 2020, at Baldwin.
Thomas Jefferson girls ride momentum into WPIAL soccer playoffs
Thomas Jefferson posted a sparkling 10-2 record in league play in Sean Richter’s first season as head coach.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Jack Sella competes against Greensburg Salem on Sept. 14, 2020, at Thomas Jefferson.
Scoring surge lifts Thomas Jefferson boys soccer team into WPIAL playoffs
Thomas Jefferson’s boys soccer team exudes confidence. One reason behind it is the offensive punch displayed by the Jaguars in 2020.

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Penn-Trafford’s Maya Roman defends Norwin’s Katelyn Kauffman last season.
Penn-Trafford girls soccer team plays through challenging season
It has been a challenging and unusual season for the Penn-Trafford girls soccer team.

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Franklin Regional goalkeeper Gianni Diacopoulos makes a save against Plum during their Sept. 28 match. The Panthers open the WPIAL playoffs against Knoch.
Westmoreland WPIAL soccer playoff capsules
October 23, 2020
WPIAL soccer playoffs preview

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Plum defender Kyle Ryan leaps in front of Franklin Regional’s Blake Cooper in front of the net during their game on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Murrysville.
Plum boys soccer riding 11-game winning streak heading into WPIAL playoffs
For the second straight year, the Plum boys soccer team is playing its best soccer when it matters most.

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Seneca Valley’s Connor Schmidt (left) battles North Allegheny’s Jonathan Swann for possession during their game on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, in McCandless. The Raiders won, 2-1.
Breaking down the 2020 WPIAL boys soccer playoffs
October 21, 2020
Here’s a look at the 2020 WPIAL boys soccer playoffs:

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Deer Lakes’ Michael Sullivan celebrates his first goal next to Shady Side Academy’s Sam Farner on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at Deer Lakes.
Deer Lakes boys, Plum girls earn No. 2 seeds in WPIAL soccer playoffs
When the WPIAL soccer playoff brackets were announced Wednesday, not one A-K Valley soccer team found itself named a No. 1 seed.

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Franklin Regional’s Anthony DiFalco works past Plum’s Luke Kolankowski on Sept. 28, 2020, in Murrysville.
Franklin Regional boys soccer eyes WPIAL 3-peat
Franklin Regional arranged some objectives early in the boys soccer season, like it was laying out a new outfit for the first day of in-person school.

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Shady Side Academy’s Sam Farner heads the ball in front of the Deer Lakes goal on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at Deer Lakes.
WPIAL releases 2020 soccer playoff pairings
The WPIAL soccer playoff brackets are set.

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Greensburg Central Catholics’ Max House makes a diving save against Trinity Christian on Sept. 30.
WPIAL Clinched: Final boys soccer playoff spots decided
October 20, 2020
Section play in the regular season is in the books as the field for the 2020 WPIAL boys soccer playoffs is now set. The top four teams in each section qualify for the district playoffs. All teams tied for a playoff spot in which head-to-head does not break the tie also qualify for the postseason.

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Southmoreland’s Olivia Cernuto (10) battles Mt. Pleasant’s Emma Mckee for a header during their game on Oct. 13.
WPIAL Clinched: Girls soccer playoff field set
Section play in the 2020 regular season is complete and the field is set for the WPIAL girls soccer playoffs. The top four teams in each section qualify for the district playoffs. All teams tied for a playoff spot in which head-to-head does not break the tie also qualify for the postseason.

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Plum’s Megan Bologna scores against Kiski Area’s Brook Endress during their match Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, at Kiski Area High School. Plum won, 3-1.
High school roundup for Oct. 20, 2020: Seneca Valley boys soccer wins playoff tune-up
Beaux Lizewski and Nathan Eastgate scored and Class 4A No. 2 Seneca Valley (11-1-1, 10-1-1) took a 2-0 victory from Class 3A No. 2 Franklin Regional (13-2, 13-1) in a nonsection playoff tune-up for two of the WPIAL’s top boys soccer teams Tuesday night. Adam Davies recorded the shutout.

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Ligonier Valley girls soccer team not apologizing for unique path to playoffs
When a clerical error made Apollo-Ridge ineligible for the WPIAL Class A girls soccer playoffs, there was a wide-eyed newcomer waiting to fill the vacancy.

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Westmoreland girls soccer notebook: Latrobe clinches playoff spot in style
Latrobe earned a hard-fought, 2-1 victory over Penn-Trafford last Thursday night to clinch a spot in the WPIAL girls soccer playoffs from Section 3-4A.

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Southmoreland’s Taylor Klingensmith (17) battles Mt. Pleasant’s Riley Gesinski for possession during their game on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, at Vikings Stadium.
Trib HSSN WPIAL boys and girls soccer rankings for Oct. 19, 2020
October 19, 2020
Here’s a look at this week’s Trib HSSN WPIAL boys and girls soccer rankings. Records are through Saturday’s games.

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