Soccer

Hampton’s Zach Panza (left) celebrates with Holden Pritts as time expires in the PIAA Class 3A championship game against Archbishop Wood on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Hampton boys soccer claims state championship with shutout
November 20, 2021
HERSHEY — Hampton won the PIAA Class 3A boys soccer title 1-0 over Archbishop Wood on Saturday night at Hersheypark Stadium, capping a successful weekend of WPIAL soccer that saw five state championships for local teams.

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Franklin Regional’s Billy Christafano battles Kiski Area’s Ethan Beck for a header during their WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal Oct. 27.
Franklin Regional boys soccer remains among elite with another superb season
It’s the time of year when postseason games and accolades pile up for the Franklin Regional boys soccer program.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Sara Felder takes a shot against Freedom during a PIAA Class A quarterfinal Nov. 13, 2021, at West Allegheny.
Greensburg C.C.-Southern Columbia PIAA soccer championship capsule for Nov. 20, 2021
November 19, 2021
PIAA Class A girls soccer championship

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Avonworth’s Maura Logan hugs goalkeeper Maggie Pappas after the Lady Lopes’ 2-1 loss to Allentown Central Catholic in the PIAA Class 2A state championship game on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Late rally lifts Allentown Central Catholic past Avonworth in PIAA Class 2A girls soccer final
HERSHEY — The Avonworth girls soccer team was three minutes away from finishing off its first PIAA championship victory in its first appearance in Hershey.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ward sisters, from left, Sydney, Natalie and Sarah. Natalie is a senior defender and Sarah an assistant coach for the Centurions, who will play for a PIAA championship Saturday in Hershey.
Era ending for Ward family dynasty in Greensburg Central Catholic soccer
November 18, 2021
The Ward family name has long been a part of Greensburg Central Catholic soccer. It holds pride and championship clout.

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Hampton goalkeeper Thomas Bradfield celebrates after defeating West Allegheny in a shootout in a PIAA Class 3A semifinal on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, at North Allegheny.
Clutch goalkeeping sends Hampton past West Allegheny, into state finals
November 17, 2021
When Zach Panza’s attempt hit the crossbar and put Hampton on the brink of elimination in round four of penalty kicks, Talbots goalkeeper Thomas Bradfield admitted he thought his high school career was over.

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Nathan Prex celebrates Seneca Valley’s WPIAL championship. He scored against Peters Township in the PIAA Class 4A semifinals Tuesday night.
High school roundup for Nov. 16, 2021: Seneca Valley keeps repeat bid alive
November 16, 2021
Max Marcotte scored the winning goal with less than seven minutes left in regulation as defending state champion Seneca Valley earned a return trip to Hershey with a 2-1 win over Peters Township in the PIAA Class 4A semifinals Tuesday night.

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Plum goalkeeper Megan Marston collides with Mars’ Breanna Goerl during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game Nov. 6.
Plum girls soccer gets another crack at nemesis Mars, this time in state semifinals
November 15, 2021
The Plum girls soccer team had to endure a pair of 170-mile round trips — two excursions to Hollidaysburg’s Tiger Stadium, near Altoona — for the first two rounds of the PIAA Class 3A playoffs.

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Seneca Valley’s Max Marcotte battles Peters Twp.’s Dylan Shaw for possession during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at Highmark Stadium.
PIAA announces sites, times for state soccer semifinals
November 14, 2021
The WPIAL will have at least seven soccer teams in the state finals, and the league could have a finalist in all eight championship games. The PIAA on Sunday announced sites and times for the state semifinals with seven all-WPIAL matchups among them.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Tatum Gretz battles Freedom’s Renae Mohrbacher for possession during their PIAA Class A quarterfinal on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, at West Allegheny High School.
Greensburg Central Catholic girls slam door on Freedom in PIAA quarterfinals
November 13, 2021
Greensburg Central Catholic and Freedom combined for 21 goals in their previous two matchups this season.

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Plum girls soccer team tops Mechanicsburg in PIAA quarters
The record-setting season for the Plum girls soccer team continues.

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Hampton’s Zach Panza (second from left) celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy with teammates Luke Staggers, Holden Pritts and Dylan Beranek.
‘Special group’ brings WPIAL boys soccer championship to Hampton
Hampton’s journey to the 2021 WPIAL boys soccer championship began when many of the players were still in elementary school.

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Plum’s Kaitlyn Killinger heads the ball during the Class 3A girls championship game against Mars on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at Highmark Stadium.
Plum girls soccer not satisfied as they head into state quarterfinals
November 12, 2021
The Plum girls soccer team is in uncharted territory, but at the same time, it has set its course for a familiar destination.

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Plum’s Emily Berrott works against Mars’ Reese Dunaway during the Class 3A girls championship game Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at Highmark Stadium.
A-K Valley PIAA soccer quarterfinal capsule for Nov. 13, 2021
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Mars goalkeeper Megan Boddy makes a save on Red Land’s Carlee Collier during their PIAA Class 3A first round playoff game on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, in Adams.
PIAA releases sites, times for boys, girls soccer quarterfinals
November 10, 2021
It was a nearly flawless start for WPIAL soccer teams in the opening round of the PIAA playoffs on Tuesday.

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Deer Lakes goalkeeper Nick Braun retrieves the ball after East Allegheny scored in overtime to win their WPIAL Class 2A first round playoff game on Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, at Deer Lakes High School.
After early playoff exit, Deer Lakes boys soccer team turns attention to next season
The ink wasn’t even dry on the 2021 season and a disappointed Deer Lakes boys soccer team was eager to dive right into offseason workouts.

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Mars’ Piper Coffield battles Red Land’s Lily Nagy for possession during their PIAA Class 3A first round playoff game on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, in Adams.
High school roundup for Nov. 9, 2021: Mars girls soccer opens PIAA defense with shutout win
November 9, 2021
Addison Girdwood and Piper Coffield scored a goal apiece and WPIAL champion Mars began its defense of its PIAA Class 3A girls soccer championship with a 2-0 first-round victory over Red Land on Tuesday.

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Franklin Regional’s Colton Hudson is a member of the 2021 soccer team.
Westmoreland County boys athlete of the week: Franklin Regional’s Colton Hudson
Colton Hudson

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Seneca Valley’s Cole Kamarec works against Peters Township’s Connor Hoye during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game Saturday.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Nov. 9, 2021: State soccer playoffs kick off
November 8, 2021
Even though the district-champion-only format for the PIAA playoffs in 2020 cut the state soccer playoffs from four rounds to three, it turned out to be a historic postseason for the WPIAL.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Sara Felder battles Steel Valley’s Krystal Phouthavong for possession during the WPIAL Class A girls championship game Friday.
Westmoreland County PIAA soccer playoff capsules for Nov. 9, 2021
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