Soccer

Mt. Lebanon’s Leah Kessler works against Bethel Park’s Marena Chernicky last Wednesday.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Sept. 28, 2022: Top 4A girls soccer teams look to break logjam
September 27, 2022
It has become crowded at the top of Section 2-4A in WPIAL girls soccer.

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Undefeated Mt. Pleasant girls soccer team in rare form
A 3-5-2 formation is somewhat rare in high school girls soccer.

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Plum’s Benjamin Pittman battles Franklin Regional’s Nikolas Rupnik for a header during their WPIAL Section 4-3A game Sept. 1 in Murrysville.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Sept. 27, 2022: Plum, Franklin Regional renew rivalry
September 26, 2022
The second half of section play around WPIAL boys soccer begins for many teams Tuesday with 47 section matches on the schedule.

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Plum’s Owen Zalewski plays against Gateway Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022 at Gateway High School.
Key early-season wins have Plum boys soccer off to another strong start to season
September 25, 2022
The Plum boys soccer team is right where it hoped it would to be as it laid out its goals and expectations before the season.

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Gateway’s Daniel Garner plays against Plum Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022 at Gateway High School.
Gateway boys soccer team confident entering season’s 2nd half
Gateway boys soccer coach Bernie Stiles has a feeling of confidence as his team enters the stretch run to what he hopes is a WPIAL playoff spot.

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With Haley Kostorick back, Shaler girls soccer has new enthusiasm
A year off has served Shaler soccer player Haley Kostorick well.

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Thomas Jefferson’s boys soccer team competes during the 2022 season.
Thomas Jefferson soccer teams start season on right foot
Thomas Jefferson’s boys soccer team has been near unbeatable in 2022.

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Sewickley Academy’s Ashley Close (left) and Kirsten Close are members of the 2022 tennis team.
Led by Close sisters, Sewickley Academy girls tennis in prime position
Sewickley Academy’s Ashley Close took the first step toward what’s expected to be another compelling playoff run this season.

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Roundup: Luke Halberg leads Norwin to 6th straight win
September 24, 2022
Luke Halberg scored both his team’s goals to power Norwin to a 2-1 nonsection boys soccer victory over Penn-Trafford on Saturday. The Knights (6-4) have won six in a row. Daniel Carr scored for the Warriors (6-6).

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Mt. Pleasant sophomore Rylin Bugosh
Westmoreland high school athletes of the week: Week ending Sept. 25, 2022
Rylin Bugosh

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Bethel Park midfielder Eva Blatz (3) is a member of the 2022 girls soccer team.
Experienced Bethel Park girls soccer team off to strong start
The Bethel Park girls soccer team has climbed into WPIAL elite territory this season.

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High school roundup for Sept. 22, 2022: Bethel Park boys knock off Thomas Jefferson
September 22, 2022
Adam Thompson, Cody Hendrych-Bohndra and Forrest Shaw scored as Bethel Park (7-3, 6-2) won 3-1 to hand Thomas Jefferson (9-2, 7-1) its first loss in Section 3-3A boys soccer play Thursday. Jake Shoemaker scored for TJ.

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Organizers and band members meet at midfield for Senior Night festivities before Greensburg Salem hosted Jeannette in a boys soccer game Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, at Offutt Field in Greensburg.
Greensburg Salem boys soccer team trounces Jeannette
Maybe it was the energy from Senior Night or the realization this year is far from over, but Greensburg Salem decided to play its best soccer game of the season.

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Freeport senior Akina Boynton controls the ball during a drill in practice Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, at Freeport High School.
Freeport girls soccer team uses grit to chase section title
September 20, 2022
In the first game of the year on the first day of this month, the Freeport girls soccer team faced a sizeable deficit to rival Deer Lakes.

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Latrobe’s Robin Reilly brings the ball upfield past Plum’s Cami Collins during their game on Sept. 7, 2022, at Plum High School.
Section-opening loss drives Latrobe girls to find higher gear
When Latrobe was tripped up by top-ranked Plum, 4-2, in its Section 3-3A girls soccer opener, the sky was falling, but only briefly.

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Owen Crawford is an Apollo-Ridge senior who plays soccer for Leechburg via a co-op
A-K Valley Senior Spotlight: Leechburg’s Owen Crawford
Owen Crawford is an important part of the success of the Leechburg boys soccer team.

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Deer Lakes’ Nate Litrun (29) celebrates his goal with Collin Rodgers and Ryan Hanes after scoring in the final seconds of double overtime against Shady Side Academy on Sept. 6 in Fox Chapel.
Buzzer-beating goal highlights strong start for Deer Lakes boys soccer
For a high school athlete who plays both soccer and basketball the first buzzer-beater typically comes on the hardwood.

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Central Catholic’s Rocco Salvitti hits his approach on No. 10 during last year’s WPIAL Class 3A boys golf championship at Nemacolin Country Club.
High school roundup for Sept. 19, 2022: Central Catholic’s Rocco Salvitti shoots 65 at section tournament
September 19, 2022
Central Catholic’s Rocco Salvitti shot a 7-under par 65 to earn medalist honors by seven shots at the WPIAL Section 4-3A qualifier Monday at Willowbrook Country Club.

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Plum’s Ava Weleski (second from right) celebrates her goal with teammates during their game against Franklin Regional on Monday.
Plum girls soccer team gets tough win against Franklin Regional
The Plum and Franklin Regional girls soccer teams met Monday for the first time since 2018 as they battled for a first-place spot atop Section 3-3A.

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What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Sept. 19, 2022: Boys soccer teams thriving in new sections
A drop down in classification has helped a pair of district boys soccer teams that are shooting for first place in their respective sections on a busy night of WPIAL boys soccer.

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