Soccer

WPIAL Clinched: Boys soccer through Oct. 3, 2019
October 3, 2019
There are less than two weeks left in section play in WPIAL boys soccer. The top four teams in each section qualify for the district playoffs. All teams tied for a playoff spot in which head-to-head does not break the tie all qualify for the postseason.

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Franklin Regional’s Mauriana Dorsch battles Mars’ Erin Rodgers for the ball during their game Monday, Sept.16, 2019, in Murrysville.
WPIAL girls soccer playoff clinchings through Oct. 2, 2019
There are less than two weeks left in section play in WPIAL girls soccer. The top four teams in each section qualify for the district playoffs. All teams tied for a playoff spot in which head-to-head does not break the tie all qualify for the postseason.

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Burrell’s Kaitlyn Postupack (10) competes against Deer Lakes October 2, 2019 at Deer Lakes.
Burrell blanks Deer Lakes, maintains hold on section lead
October 2, 2019
The Burrell girls soccer team broke through 12 minutes into the first half of Wednesday’s Section 2-AA clash with rival Deer Lakes.

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Burrell’s Allie Vescio (17) competes against Deer Lakes’ Elora O’Rourke (12) October 2, 2019 at Deer Lakes.
High school roundup for Oct. 2, 2019: Hopewell tops North Catholic, moves into first-place tie
Raychel Speicher and Marlee Mancini scored goals as Hopewell knocked off North Catholic in WPIAL girls soccer Wednesday night. The win pulled Hopewell (8-2, 7-2) into a tie with North Catholic (8-4, 7-2) in the race for the top spot in Section 1-AA.

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Coach Tyler Solis works out with the team during soccer practice at Greensburg Central Catholic on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019.
Strong freshman class boosts Greensburg Central Catholic soccer
An influx of freshmen can raise a number of concerns for soccer coaches at the high school level.

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Freeport’s Daniel Lynch dribbles around the net while Derry defender Elysiah Lopez closes in during WPIAL boys’ soccer on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 at Derry Area High School.
Freeport boys soccer in thick of playoff conversation
With just four games remaining on its regular season schedule, the Freeport boys soccer team is in the thick of the playoff race.

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Norwin’s Brendan Ash works against Penn-Trafford’s Lukas Johnson in front of the goal during their game Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at Norwin.
WPIAL boys soccer playoff clinchings through Oct. 1, 2019
There are less than two weeks left in section play in WPIAL boys soccer. The top four teams in each section qualify for the district playoffs. All teams tied for a playoff spot in which head-to-head does not break the tie all qualify for the postseason.

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Freeport’s Hunter Hardin makes a shot on net against Derry during WPIAL boys’ soccer on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 at Derry Area High School.
High school roundup for Oct. 1, 2019: Fox Chapel, Seneca Valley battle to draw
October 1, 2019
Zane Ingram had two goals for Fox Chapel (9-3-1, 8-2-1) and Luke Rupert scored twice for Seneca Valley (11-1-1, 10-0-1) as two of the top boys soccer teams in Section 1-AAAA played to a 3-3 tie Tuesday night. Eli Yofan also scored for Fox Chapel. Jonathan Pruce had a goal for Seneca Valley.

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Hopewell girls soccer coach Bill Pfeifer
Coach Bill Pfeifer boosts Hopewell girls soccer program, sets state wins record
Winning follows Bill Pfeifer.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Hannah Gesinski (12) moves the ball over Southmoreland’s Ashley Barnhart during their game Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, at Mt. Pleasant.
Mt. Pleasant girls soccer turns attention to defense in second half
The first half of section play was good for Mt. Pleasant’s girls soccer team.

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Deer Lakes’ Lily Litrun pressures Burrell’s Megan Malits during their game on Sept. 9, 2019, at Burrell.
Title implications heighten Burrell-Deer Lakes girls soccer clash
It’s been three weeks and two days since the first meeting between the Burrell and Deer Lakes girls soccer teams.

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WPIAL girls soccer rankings through Sept. 30, 2019
Class AAAA

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Thomas Jefferson’s Dalaney Ranallo battles for possession with South Park’s Nora Ozimek (right) on Sept. 28, 2019, at Thomas Jefferson.
South Park girls soccer sets sights on section title, return trip to WPIAL finals
South Park is the defending section and WPIAL Class AA champion in girls soccer.

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Peters Twp.’s JillianMarvin heads the ball over Cece Scott and Upper St. Clair’s Jen McKenzie during their game Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, at Upper St. Clair High School.
Peters Township a force to be reckoned with in WPIAL girls soccer
Pat Vereb has been coaching in the Peters Township girls soccer program since 2007.

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Peters Twp.’s Cece Scott works against Upper St. Clair’s Brooke Meinert during their game Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, at Upper St. Clair High School.
High school roundup for Sept. 30, 2019: Upper St. Clair knocks off Peters Township
September 30, 2019
Mackenzie Dupree and Carson Bogan scored as Upper St. Clair (7-4, 6-3) handed Peters Township (10-1-1, 7-1-1) its first loss of the season in a Section 2-AAAA girls soccer matchup Monday. Hannah Stuck scored on a penalty kick for Peters Township.

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WPIAL Clinched: Girls Soccer through Monday
There are less than two weeks left in section play in WPIAL girls soccer. The top four teams in each section qualify for the district playoffs. All tied teams for a playoff spot in which head-to-head does not break the tie all qualify for the postseason.

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Woodland Hills goalkeeper A.J. Hill lines up to prevent a shot on net by Hempfield’s Jale Ballantyne (6) on Sept. 5, 2019 at Hempfield Area High School.
In midst of special season, Woodland Hills boys soccer no longer an easy out
They aren’t a ranked team, and they aren’t going to win their section, but something special is happening this year with Woodland Hills boys soccer.

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Deer Lakes senior AJ Dorman poses with his football pads, saxophone and soccer goal.
Some high school athletes take on two sports in same season
In recent years, high school athletes have started to specialize in one sport in hopes of improving their chances at playing in college.

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WPIAL Boys Soccer Rankings through Sept. 28
Class AAAA

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Plum sophomore Marissa Liberto has seven goals this season.
Plum girls soccer prepares for showdown with Oakland Catholic
September 29, 2019
The Plum girls soccer team last captured a section championship in 2016 when it tied Fox Chapel for the top spot of Section 3-AAAA.

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