Soccer

Mars’ Erin Rodgers (17) celebrates her goal with Gwen Howell during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game against Plum on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, at North Allegheny.
Mars soccer teams look to cap undefeated seasons at PIAA championships
November 19, 2020
The Mars boys and girls soccer teams take their undefeated records into the final game of the season. Each will play for a state championship Friday at Hersheypark Stadium.

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North Allegheny’s Sarah Schupansky works past Norwin’s Alyssa Aquilio during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, at Norwin.
High school roundup for Nov. 17, 2020: Sarah Schupansky lifts North Allegheny into state finals
November 17, 2020
Sarah Schupansky scored the decisive goal in the middle of the second half to send North Allegheny to the PIAA Class 4A championship game with a 1-0 victory over Cumberland Valley at Altoona’s Mansion Park.

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Mars’ Nabil Lahlou had a goal and an assist Tuesday night.
Weather’s no problem for Mars boys soccer in PIAA semifinal victory
Mars boys soccer coach Chris Knauff said the ground was clear at his home five miles from the Mars Athletic Complex, so he was quite shocked to see a snow-covered field upon arrival.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Mason Fabean kicks on net to pick up an assist to help teammate Carlo Denis score on Rockwood in the first half on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020 in PIAA soccer playoffs at Norwin High School.
Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer chasing elusive PIAA title
November 16, 2020
Greensburg Central Catholic has a perennially strong boys soccer program.

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North Allegheny’s Paige Morningstar sets at the net during the first game against McDowell during a PIAA Class 4A quarterfinal on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, at North Allegheny.
PIAA releases sites, times for soccer, volleyball, field hockey semifinals
November 15, 2020
The PIAA has released the sites and times for Tuesday’s semifinal matches in boys and girls soccer, girls volleyball and field hockey.

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Plum’s Dannika Susko blocks a shot during a match on Oct. 20, 2020 at Kiski Area.
Plum celebrates successful fall sports season with 4 section, conference titles
November 14, 2020
Only two WPIAL schools had their football, girls volleyball, boys soccer and girls soccer teams capture section or conference titles during the fall 2020 season.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Tatum Gretz shoots and scores in the WPIAL Class A championship game against Our Lady of the Sacred Heart on Nov. 5.
PIAA soccer playoff preview: Greensburg Central Catholic boys, girls set for quarterfinals
November 13, 2020
Boys

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Deer Lakes’ Michael Sullivan celebrates after scoring the tying goal during the second half opf the WPIAL Class AA championship game against Shady SIde Academy on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, at North Allegheny.
Deer Lakes boys soccer has unfinished business in PIAA playoffs
As the Deer Lakes boys soccer team took the field for practice earlier this week at Lancers Stadium, players were still buzzing from capturing the first WPIAL title in school history.

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Greensburg Central Catholic head coach Tyler Solis presents his team with the WPIAL championship trophy after the Centurions defeated Winchester Thurston in the Class A final Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: GCC coach hopes for homecoming
November 12, 2020
The road to Hershey could lead to a homecoming for Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer coach Tyler Solis.

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Deer Lakes goalkeeper Nick Braun celebrates after making the winning save in penalty kicks during the WPIAL Class AA championship to defeat Shady SIde Academy, 2-1, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, at North Allegheny.
Deer Lakes goalie Nick Braun bursts onto scene in WPIAL title game
Over the past two years, Deer Lakes sophomore goalkeeper Nick Braun has had a strong defense in front of him, led by senior captain Colton Spence.

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Deer Lakes’ Ruger Beer celebrates after scoring on a penalty kick during the WPIAL Class AA championship to defeat Shady SIde Academy, 2-1, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, at North Allegheny.
Deer Lakes boys soccer program’s present, future on display in playoff run
November 11, 2020
Last Thursday, the Deer Lakes boys soccer team captured the first WPIAL title in school history by defeating No. 1 Shady Side Academy for the second time this season.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Bethany Winnor, left, and team captain Samantha Felder, right, come together for a celebration hug after Felder scored on OLSH in the WPIAL Class A girls soccer championship Thursday.
GCC girls soccer in great shape heading into state playoffs
November 10, 2020
When Olivia Kruger took over the girls soccer team at Greensburg Central Catholic, she wanted to “change the shape” of the Lady Centurions’ attack.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Carlo Denis (22) dribbles the ball against Winchester Thurston’s Massimiliano Memoli (10) during their game on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020.
After winning WPIAL title, GCC boys soccer turns focus to condensed state tournament
November 9, 2020
Only district champions make the PIAA soccer playoffs this year, so rematches against other WPIAL teams, practically a staple in the state postseason, is out of the question.

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Mars’ Erin Rodgers celebrates her goal with Ellie Coffield during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game against Plum on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, at North Allegheny.
Girls soccer standouts named finalists for Moe Rosensteel Player of the Year Award
Three finalists have been selected by a panel of media members and coaches for the second Moe Rosensteel Player of the Year Award, given to the top girls soccer player in Western Pennsylvania.

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Franklin Regional’s Zach Johnston battles Indiana’s Aaron McKelvy for a header during their WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in Murrysville.
Westmoreland notebook: Franklin Regional teams have fall season to remember
November 8, 2020
It has been quite a fall sports season for Franklin Regional, which has found success while also working together as a district to combat covid-19 challenges.

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Seneca Valley’s Beaux Lizewski celebrates his game-winning goal in double overtime with Zack LaValle during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Peters Twp. on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, at North Allegheny.
Let’s geaux Beaux: Sophomore powers Seneca Valley past Peters Township in Class 4A finals
November 7, 2020
With just under five minutes to go in the second overtime of the Class 4A WPIAL championship match Saturday, Beaux Lizewski found the ball bouncing in the box in traffic.

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North Catholic players celebrate defeating Avonworth in the WPIAL Class 2A girls soccer championship game Nov. 7, 2020.
Clutch goal from Jayden Sharpless lifts North Catholic past Avonworth in Class 2A title game
In the early portion of Saturday’s WPIAL Class 2A championship game, North Catholic standout junior Jayden Sharpless said she was a little too amped up when she fired a free kick well over the goal from 30 yards out.

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Hampton’s Corey Scherer celebrates his goal during a WPIAL Class 3A first-round playoff game against Kiski Area on Oct. 24.
Hampton notebook: Strong boys soccer season ends in OT loss to No. 1 Mars
Hampton senior Corey Scherer needed some time to ease the sting of a 1-0 double-overtime playoff loss to nemesis Mars.

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Plum’s Gina Proviano possesses the ball in a WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal against Thomas Jefferson on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020.
Success on home field propels Plum girls soccer into WPIAL finals
As the No. 2 seed for the WPIAL Class 3A playoffs, the Plum girls soccer team enjoyed the comforts of home as it made its run to a second consecutive championship game appearance.

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Mars’ Ellie Coffield works against Plum’s Andrea D’Incau during last year’s WPIAL Class 3A championship game.
WPIAL Class 3A girls soccer championship preview: No. 1 Mars vs. No. 2 Plum
November 6, 2020
Class 3A

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