Soccer

Upper St. Clair goalkeeper Jill Rocco makes a save next to Peters Twp.’s Alexis Pirosko during their game Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, at Upper St. Clair High School.
Century Soccer nears program record for college recruits
May 11, 2020
Century Soccer is one of the region’s most popular clubs, and it continues to help churn out dozens of college recruits.

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Franklin Regional’s Anthony DiFalco works against South Fayette’s Max Snodgrass during their game Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, in Murrysville.
Westmoreland County notebook: Soccer star DiFalco sticking with Franklin Regional
May 2, 2020
Franklin Regional boys soccer fans can relax. Anthony DiFalco isn’t going anywhere.

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Avonworth goalkeeper Luke Wagner celebrates with teammates after stopping a penalty kick to winthe WPIAL Class A boys soccer championship against Greensburg Central Catholic Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, at Highmark Stadium.
Senior Spotlight: 4-sport Avonworth athlete racked up 13 varsity letters in decorated career
April 30, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Scott Arnold was hired March 30, 2020, as the new Franklin Regional girls soccer coach.
Scott Arnold takes over Franklin Regional girls soccer program
April 1, 2020
Scott Arnold has spent parts of the past 20-plus years coaching various levels of club soccer.

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Belle Vernon’s Isabella Laurita and West Mifflin’s Alyssa Deacon compete during the Paul Sasko tournament Sept. 1, 2018, at Belle Vernon.
Belle Vernon soccer standout Laurita flips college commitment to Georgia State
March 20, 2020
Nearly six months after announcing a verbal commitment to the University of Memphis to play soccer, former Belle Vernon Area star and Pittsburgh Riverhounds ECNL squad member Izzy Laurita flipped her commitment and will now be heading to Georgia State, a member of the Sun Belt Conference.

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Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Rich Garland lands at Mt. Pleasant
February 22, 2020
When Rich Garland left Franklin Regional, he knew his days of coaching girls soccer in the WPIAL were not over.

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Brownsville’s Tessa Dellarose will play in a UEFA Development Tournament for the U.S. U-16 Girls National Team in Loughborough, England.
Brownsville’s Tessa Dellarose set to compete in UEFA development tournament in England
February 18, 2020
Brownsville’s Tessa Dellarose continues to stack up invites to prestigious camps and games all over the country.

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Franklin Regional’s Connor Hudson works against Lower Dauphin’s Buck Diacont during their PIAA Class 3A state semifinal Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, at Mansion Park in Altoona.
Franklin Regional’s Hudson commits to Presbyterian College soccer
February 4, 2020
Connor Hudson found a place to continue his education and play soccer next fall.

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Gateway goalkeeper Maddy Neundorfer (33) makes a save against Kiski Area on Sept. 10, 2019 at Kiski.
Gateway goalkeeper Maddy Neundorfer earns spot at U.S. development program camp
January 12, 2020
Maddy Neundorfer didn’t know who Hope Solo or Briana Scurry was when she began to play soccer.

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Hampton’s Lanie McLaughlin will continue her soccer career at Youngstown State.
Hampton soccer standout Lanie McLaughlin chooses Youngstown State
December 20, 2019
It takes a village to raise a good soccer player. Lanie McLaughlin knows this well — and it’s a big reason why she’ll continue her career after high school.

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Mars’ Taylor Hamlett (38) celebrates with Grace Ingram after receiving their gold medals following the girls WPIAL Class AAA championship game against Plum Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Top 19 of ’19: Trib HSSN breaks down the top stories of the year — No. 18
December 14, 2019
The 2019 high school sports season is nearly in the books.

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Penn Hills soccer player Taylor Clayborn signs a letter of intent to attend Thiel.
Penn Hills’ Clayborn to continue soccer career in college
December 12, 2019
Several Penn Hills girls soccer players have gone on to play at the collegiate level in recent years. Midfielder Taylor Clayborn is the most recent Indian to make her college decision.

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SSA head soccer coach Mary Lynch talks to team after win on Oct. 9, 2018 against Jeannette.
Shady Side Academy’s Mary Lynch named Regional Coach of the Year
December 6, 2019
Throughout the postseason, a few WPIAL soccer coaches have earned coach of the year honors. Earlier this week another one joined the group.

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Members of the Mars girls soccer team lift the PIAA Class AAA trophy after defeating Villa Joseph Marie 1-0 at Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
Mars’ Blair Gerlach named PSCA Class AAA Girls Soccer Coach of the Year
December 4, 2019
Postseason honors keep piling up for the Mars girls soccer team.

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Deer Lakes’ Michael Sullivan (left) celebrates his game-winning goal in overtime with Tony Wanamaker during their WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal against North Catholic Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, at Seneca Valley High School.
Deer Lakes’ Michael Sullivan named Valley News Dispatch Boys Soccer Player of the Year
November 30, 2019
Valley News Dispatch Boys Soccer Player of the Year

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Burrell’s Allison Vescio works against Deer Lakes’ Elora O’Rourke during their game Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, at Burrell High School.
Burrell’s Allie Vescio named Valley News Dispatch Girls Soccer Player of the Year
Valley News Dispatch Girls Soccer Player of the Year

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Mars’ Taylor Hamlett celebrates as time expires in the girls WPIAL Class AAA championship game against Plum Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Mars’ Taylor Hamlett named Trib HSSN Girls Soccer Player of the Year
To accomplish something as significant as winning a WPIAL and PIAA title in the same season, teams must come together and reach their peak ability.

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Quaker Valley’s Dom Reiter (center) and teammates get set to hoist the PIAA Class AA championship trophy Nov. 15, 2019, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Quaker Valley’s Dom Reiter named Trib HSSN Boys Soccer Player of the Year
Not many people can say they had the type of senior year that Quaker Valley forward Dom Reiter did.

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After colliding with Quaker Valley’s Dom Reiter, New Hope goalkeeper Kyle Campbell scrambles for the ball during their PIAA Class AA boys soccer championship Nov. 15, 2019 at Hersheypark Stadium.
Reiter brothers help write Hollywood ending to Quaker Valley soccer season
November 24, 2019
Dom Reiter will replay the final moments from the PIAA Class AA championship game in his head over and over like a viral video.

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Senior members of the Penn-Trafford girls soccer team include in front, from left, Sarah Nguyen, Megan Giesey, Alexis Buzzard; in back, Hayley Grunberg, Haley Hofmeister, Christina DeLuca and Emma Rain.
Senior class put stamp on Penn-Trafford girls soccer program
November 23, 2019
Sarah Nguyen, Megan Giesey and Emma Rain are familiar faces in the Penn-Trafford girls soccer program.

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