Soccer

PIAA soccer playoffs roundup: Seneca Valley boys advance after double-overtime win
November 6, 2018
Keegan McVicker scored in double overtime to lift the Seneca Valley boys soccer team to a 3-2 victory over District 3's Hempfield in the opening round of the PIAA Class AAAA playoffs Tuesday night at Hempfield Area's Spartan Stadium. Jackson Wotus and Luke Rupert scored in regulation for the WPIAL

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Franklin Regional boys pepper Bellefonte with 54 shots in PIAA 1st-round victory
With the wind whipping at their backs, giving their shots a turbo boost, Franklin Regional raided Bellefonte with shots in the first half. One would have expected the wind to work against the Panthers in the second half when the teams flipped sides. Instead, the WPIAL champions breezed to victory

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Greensburg Central Catholic boys overcome injuries to defeat Iroquois in PIAA 1st round
ERIE -- Battered, bruised and battling heavy winds and a surging opponent, Greensburg Central Catholic faced all kinds of adversity Tuesday night. The Centurions showed their guts and got the glory. WPIAL runner-up Greensburg Central Catholic took a three-goal lead and withstood a pair of key injuries and a furious

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Norwin boys soccer team hitting reset button as PIAA playoffs begin
November 5, 2018
After a disappointing end to its quest for a WPIAL Class AAAA title, the Norwin boys soccer team is pushing reset on the season. The Knights walked away from Highmark Stadium as WPIAL runners-up after dropping a 5-2 decision to Seneca Valley on Saturday. But not all is lost for

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Westmoreland PIAA boys soccer capsules for Nov. 6, 2018
Boys soccer Class AAAA Norwin (17-3-1) vs. State College (12-5-2) 6 p.m. Tuesday at Bald Eagle High School, Wingate Winner plays: Winner of Cumberland Valley/Radnor Players to watch: Carter Breen, Norwin (Sr., F); Daniel Bennett, State College (Sr. F) Corner kicks: Norwin has not qualified for the state playoffs since

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Deer Lakes boys’ next goal: A PIAA victory
November 4, 2018
After firing more than two dozen shots without one finding the back of the net in a WPIAL semifinal loss, Deer Lakes felt some measure of relief to see Michael Sullivan's attempt find its home early in the Class AA consolation game. And then the Lancers just kept adding on.

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PIAA girls soccer matchups finalized
The WPIAL girls soccer champions and other state qualifiers from the WPIAL have been determined, and those teams are set for what they hope are successful journeys in the PIAA playoffs that begin Tuesday at sites all throughout the state. Sixteen teams are ready for first-round matchups in each of

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WPIAL boys soccer teams ready to begin PIAA playoffs
The WPIAL boys soccer playoff tournaments have concluded, and the teams which remain alive are gearing up for what they hope are successful runs in the PIAA playoffs that begin Tuesday at sites all throughout the state. Sixteen teams are set for first-round matchups in each of the four classifications.

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Westmoreland lookahead for Week of Nov. 5, 2018
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: TUESDAY Boys soccer Three area teams open play in the PIAA playoffs. WPIAL Class 3A champion Franklin Regional (18-0-1) will play District 6 champion Bellefonte (12-2-1) at 5 p.m. at Norwin. Greensburg Central Catholic (17-2), the WPIAL Class A runner-up,

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Seneca Valley boys beat Norwin for 1st WPIAL boys soccer title
November 3, 2018
The Seneca Valley boys soccer team knew it had to strike early if it wanted to capture gold. And it did. The Raiders took the lead in the first minute and never looked back as it topped Norwin, 5-2, in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game at Highmark Stadium in

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Seneca Valley girls defeat Peters Township in WPIAL 4A final
Somewhere the Seneca Valley girls soccer team must keep a voodoo doll for when it runs into Peters Township. The Raiders' 2-1 overtime win during the WPIAL Class AAAA championship Saturday at Highmark Stadium was sealed with late magic. Senior forward Lauren Sileo knocked a corner kick in 1 minute,

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Shady Side Academy boys upset Quaker Valley in thriller to win WPIAL soccer title
Quaker Valley was 37 seconds away and a few inches short of its ninth WPIAL Championship. There was just one problem -- Shady Side Academy was about to have a set piece, and coach Ed Ellsworth had the entire Indians team fill the box to try to tie the game

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Freedom offense dominates Bentworth for WPIAL Class A girls soccer title
Freedom put together a highlight reel of goals on the least likely of stages -- the WPIAL Class A championship game. The Bulldogs captured their second WPIAL title in three years and its first in Class A - this year's team was led in the playoffs by Myla and Jayden

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Freshman Ozimek nets 1st varsity goal to give South Park girls their 5th WPIAL title
Never let it be said that Nora Ozimek doesn't have a flair for the dramatic. A freshman midfielder, Ozimek had been waiting all season to score her first goal for the South Park girls soccer team. She couldn't have picked a better time. Ozimek buried a goal from just beyond

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Oakland Catholic girls edge Mars in overtime to claim 1st WPIAL championship
November 2, 2018
For Oakland Catholic's Caitlyn Berl, Friday's WPIAL Class AAA girls soccer championship game with Mars went from a nail-biter to a nail-breaker. It was midway through the first overtime, and Berl, a junior middle fielder, lined up for a corner kick with the two teams deadlocked in a scoreless tie.

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Future looks promising for Franklin Regional girls soccer
The Franklin Regional girls soccer team's season didn't go according to plan, but evidence of a positive future came to fruition. The Panthers (7-9-2, 4-8-2) finished sixth in Section 1-AAA and showed flashes throughout the year by posting shutouts in blowout fashion. After starting the year winning two of three,

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Despite challenging schedule, Fox Chapel boys cap season in playoffs
Despite a loss to No. 4 seed Canon-McMillan in the WPIAL playoffs, Fox Chapel boys soccer coach Erik Ingram felt that it was a gratifying season. andquot;We finished 11-7-1 with the most competitive schedule in program history,andquot; he said. The Foxes competed in Section 1-AAAA with Allderdice, Butler, Central Catholic,

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Familiar foes Seneca Valley, Peters Township to square off in WPIAL girls soccer final
Girls soccer WPIAL championship Class 4A No. 1 Seneca Valley (15-2) vs. No. 3 Peters Township (16-3) 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Highmark Stadium Coaches: Mark Perry, Seneca Valley; Pat Vereb, Peters Township Players to watch: Breana Valentovish, Jr., F, Seneca Valley; Hannah Stuck, Sr., F/M, Peters Township Corner kicks: Peters Township

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Quaker Valley, Shady Side Academy to meet for 3rd straight season in boys soccer final
Boys soccer WPIAL championship Class AA No. 1 Quaker Valley (18-3) vs. No. 11 Shady Side Academy (11-6-1) 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Highmark Stadium Coaches: Andrew Marshall, Quaker Valley; Ed Ellsworth, Shady Side Academy Players to watch: Dom Reiter, Sr., F, Quaker Valley; Wally Navid, Sr., M, Shady Side Academy Corner

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Freedom, Bentworth set to face off for WPIAL Class A title
Girls soccer WPIAL championship Class A No. 1 Freedom (19-1) vs. No. 3 Bentworth (17-2) 11 a.m. Saturday, Highmark Stadium Coaches: Colin Williams, Freedom; Tyler Hamstra, Bentworth Players to watch: Jayden Sharpless, Fr, F, Freedom; Jocelyn Timlin, Jr., F, Bentworth Corner kicks: For the first time since Class A was

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