Soccer

High school roundup for Oct. 10, 2019: Baldwin soccer clinches playoff spot
October 10, 2019
Cole Thomas scored a pair of second-half goals to lead Baldwin (6-10-1, 5-7) past Bethel Park (5-8-2, 3-8-1) in a critical late season boys soccer match in Section 3-AAAA Thursday night. With the win, Baldwin clinched a berth in the WPIAL playoffs. Joey Moeller also scored for the Highlanders.

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Penn Hills’ Sierra Hankey (14) has recorded three hat tricks this season.
Penn Hills girls soccer team proud of progress
Heading into the season, Penn Hills girls soccer coach Ashley DeVito wanted to see a continued progression with the team from previous years.

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WPIAL Clinched: Girls soccer teams through Wednesday, Oct. 9
October 9, 2019
There is less than one week left in section play in WPIAL girls soccer. 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 all qualify for the postseason.

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Burrell’s Bella Glaister (3) battles for possession against Freeport’s Emma Check (13) during a Section 2-AA girls soccer match Oct. 9, 2019, at Burrell’s Buccaneers Stadium.
Burrell girls soccer races past rival Freeport, moves to cusp of section title
Burrell junior Jordyn Kowalkowski said she expected another close game with Freeport on Wednesday as the first Section 2-AA matchup between the rivals Sept. 18 went down to the wire.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Nathan Saloom heads the ball away from Shady Side Academy’s George Grune (3) and Hazem Hamda during their game Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Playoff hopes still flickering for resilient Mt. Pleasant boys soccer team
Give Mt. Pleasant’s boys soccer players credit: All things considered, they’ll be able to say they stayed in the race until the race was over.

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Banner season for West Allegheny girls soccer team fulfills grade school promise
October 8, 2019
Juniors Mackenzie Taranto and Morgan Shansky sat together six years ago in West Allegheny’s high school gymnasium and scanned the rafters for every section, WPIAL and PIAA banner.

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North Catholic’s Jayden Sharpless celebrates one of her goals with teammates during their game against Avonworth Monday, Sept.16, 2019, in Cranberry. Sharpless scored a hat trick to lead North Catholic to a 4-0 victory.
Attacking style has North Catholic girls soccer in line for share of section title
Emily Karr wasn’t sure what to expect after a year away from the North Catholic girls soccer program.

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Hempfield’s Zach Vanek (left) competes for the ball against Woodland Hills’ Garrett Maitiq earlier this season.
High school roundup for Oct. 8, 2019: Woodland Hills clinches first boys soccer playoff berth in school history
Lewis Rodocker scored a second-half goal to help Woodland Hills (9-5-1, 7-5-1) clinch a boys soccer playoff berth for the first time in school history with a 4-4 tie against Latrobe on Tuesday night. Quinn Fogarty, Mitchell Hills and Gavin Moore also scored for Woodland Hills.

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Yough’s Justine Appolonia carries the ball upfield during a scrimmage against Greensburg Central Catholic Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, at Yough High School.
Appolonia sets goal record for streaking Yough girls soccer
Growing up in a soccer family, Justine Appolonia has been scoring goals since she can remember.

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Belle Vernon’s Morgan Einodshofer competes against Latrobe on Sept. 1, 2019, at Belle Vernon.
WPIAL Clinched: Girls soccer teams through Monday, Oct. 7
October 7, 2019
There is less than one week left in section play in WPIAL girls soccer. 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 all qualify for the postseason.

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Mars’ Samantha King works against Franklin Regional’s Victoria Rothrauff during their game Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, at Mars.
High school roundup for Oct. 7, 2019: Peters Township moves into first-place tie with comeback win
Jillian Martin scored the game-winning goal in overtime as Peters Township (13-1-1, 10-1-1) erased a three-goal deficit to defeat Moon (11-2-1, 10-1-1) and move into a tie for first place in Section 2-AAAA girls soccer Monday night.

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Highlands boys soccer coach Jason Norris goes over some statistics with Declan McIntire during a practice.
Highlands soccer implementing unique analytical approach
Professional sports teams often use anything they can to gain a competitive advantage, and in recent years, different forms of analytics have become a norm across the country.

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Mt. Lebanon boys soccer leading section, proving doubters wrong
Mt. Lebanon’s boys soccer team has been nearly unstoppable this season.

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Section title, WPIAL playoff run in reach for Moon boys soccer
Moon is one the verge of clinching first place on the pitch in Section 2-3A.

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WPIAL Boys Soccer Rankings through Oct. 5
Class AAAA

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Burrell’s Danica Johnson (right) competes against Deer Lakes’ Ashley McAdams last week. Both teams are seeking section titles as the season enters its final stretch.
A-K Valley girls soccer teams jockeying for playoff position
October 6, 2019
Seven seconds.

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High school roundup: McKeesport football shuts out Indiana
Asaad and Devari Robinson scored two rushing touchdowns each to lead McKeesport to a 50-0 nonconference victory over Indiana on Saturday.

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Westmoreland notebook: Belle Vernon freshman’s research project catches eye of WNBA
October 5, 2019
Viva Kreis fell for basketball at a young age.

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Pine-Richland soccer focused on program-building process
October 4, 2019
The Pine-Richland boys soccer team has seen its fair share of ups and downs in head coach Jordan Wiegand’s first season leading the program.

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WPIAL Clinched: Boys soccer through Oct. 3, 2019
October 3, 2019
There are less than two weeks left in section play in WPIAL boys soccer. 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 all qualify for the postseason.

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