Soccer

Allderdice girls soccer workouts suspended amid positive covid-19 test
August 14, 2020
The Allderdice girls soccer team will not hold conditioning workouts for two weeks after one of its players tested positive for covid-19.

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Belle Vernon’s Jillian Butchki competes during the Paul Sasko tournament Sept. 1, 2018, at Belle Vernon.
Belle Vernon soccer teams cancel Paul Sasko Kickoff Classic
August 3, 2020
With the start of the WPIAL season pushed to Sept. 14, Belle Vernon was left scrambling to find a time and date for one of its marquee events, the Paul Sasko Kickoff Classic.

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Coach Rand Hudson has led Franklin Regional to back-to-back WPIAL titles.
Covid-19 scare turns out to be Lyme disease for Franklin Regional soccer coach
August 1, 2020
Rand Hudson had a scorching fever. He felt achy, his joints hurt and he was tired.

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Franklin Regional’s Anthony DiFalco gets his gold medal from head coach Rand Hudson after defeating West Allegheny, 1-0, in the WPIAL Class AAA boys soccer championship Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, at Highmark Stadium. DiFalco scored the only goal.
Soccer coaches learn to work with sport-specific coronavirus protocols
Soccer isn’t considered a full-fledged contact sport — some teams would beg to differ, based on playing styles — but the game has had to adjust to safety guidelines just like others to help slow the spread of covid-19.

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Deer Lakes’ Mike Sullivan (9) dribbles down the sideline during the Lancers’ PIAA first round matchup with District 6 champion Juniata on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 at Bald Eagle Area High School
A-K Valley soccer players help Pittsburgh Hotspurs claim NPSL Member’s Cup
July 31, 2020
The Pittsburgh Hotspurs beat Erie Commodores FC, 3-0, to capture the 2020 NPSL Member’s Cup in Erie on Wednesday.

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Central Catholic’s Matt Altsman celebrates with the student section after beating Pine-Richland in the WPIAL Class 6A Championship game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2019 at Heinz Field.
PIAA emphasizes ban on spectators comes from Gov. Wolf — not PIAA
July 30, 2020
The PIAA released a statement Thursday emphasizing that the current ban on spectators at high school sports events was imposed by Gov. Tom Wolf — not the PIAA.

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North Catholic’s Jayden Sharpless celebrates after scoring the winning goal in double overtime next to Yough defenders during the girls WPIAL Class AA championship game Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
North Catholic striker Jayden Sharpless makes verbal commitment to Georgia State
July 22, 2020
Last November, rising junior Jayden Sharpless was helping North Catholic win its first WPIAL title with a golden goal free kick in double-overtime.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Nate Ward celebrates his goal against Iroquois during the Centurions’ PIAA Class A first round state playoff game Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at Hampton High School.
Westmoreland County boys athlete of the year: GCC’s Nate Ward showed will to win in 4 sports
June 27, 2020
Nate Ward scored goals in soccer, kicked extra points and caught passes in football, hit 3-pointers on the basketball court and carried the baton around the track oval. With each sport, he made his mark.

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Canon-McMillan girls soccer coach David Derrico resigns after 2 decades
June 26, 2020
Canon-McMillan girls soccer coach David Derrico, who won a state title with the Big Macs, resigned this week after two decades with the team.

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Franklin Regional’s Anthony DiFalco (left) is expected to be one of the region’s top recruits the next two seasons.
Westmoreland high school notebook: 2022 recruiting resumes
June 21, 2020
With excessive early commitments in Division I women’s soccer sweeping the country in recent years, the NCAA opted to make a rule change in 2019.

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East Allegheny’s Amani Johnson vs. North Allegheny’s Rachel Martindale
Trib HSSN June Madness semifinal: Amani Johnson, East Allegheny vs. Rachel Martindale, North Allegheny
June 19, 2020
Over the course of the next week, June Madness will determine who fans believe is the WPIAL Athlete of the Century.

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Mars’ Ellie Coffield works against Plum’s Andrea D’Incau during the girls WPIAL Class AAA championship game Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Mars’ Ellie Coffield named Gatorade Pa. Girls Soccer Player of the Year
June 17, 2020
After helping the Mars girls soccer team win WPIAL and PIAA Class 3A titles last fall, junior Ellie Coffield has received another honor.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Marshall Richter competes against Keystone Oaks on Oct. 9, 2018.
Thomas Jefferson’s Richter puts focus on soccer future at FC Cincinnati Academy
June 15, 2020
Marshall Richter just finished his sophomore year at Thomas Jefferson, albeit from home like his classmates and many others across the country who were walled off by the coronavirus outbreak.

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North Allegheny’s Rachel Martindale vs. South Park’s Nikki Doria
Trib HSSN June Madness quarterfinals: Rachel Martindale, North Allegheny vs. Nikki Doria, South Park
Over the course of the next few weeks, June Madness will determine who fans believe is the WPIAL Athlete of the Century.

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East Allegheny’s Amani Johnson celebrates with C’Keiyah Marshall during the Class 3A WPIAL girls basketball final March 3, 2018 at Petersen Events Center.
Amani Johnson recalls busy East Allegheny athletics career
June 11, 2020
Trib HSSN has been fortunate to cover a lot of great athletes the last two decades. While the ‘Best of the Century’ contest continues, HSSN now feature some of these high school stars from the last two decades Mondays and Thursdays on the Rebel Yell podcast.

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Steel Valley’s Jess Strom vs. South Park’s Maura Huwalt
Trib HSSN June Madness quarterfinals: Jess Strom, Steel Valley vs. Maura Huwalt, South Park
Over the course of the next few weeks, June Madness will determine who fans believe is the WPIAL Athlete of the Century.

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Clairton’s Tyler Boyd (Bengals) vs. Plum’s Pat McAfee (Colts)
Trib HSSN June Madness: Tyler Boyd, Clairton vs. Pat McAfee, Plum
June 10, 2020
Over the course of the next few weeks, June Madness will determine who fans believe is the WPIAL Athlete of the Century.

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East Allegheny’s Amani Johnson vs. Quaker Valley’s Tabitha Bemis
Trib HSSN June Madness quarterfinals: Amani Johnson, East Allegheny vs. Tabitha Bemis, Quaker Valley
June 9, 2020
Over the course of the next few weeks, June Madness will determine who fans believe is the WPIAL Athlete of the Century.

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Laurel Highlands’ Breehana Jacobs vs. South Park’s Nikki Doria
Trib HSSN May Madness: Breehana Jacobs, Laurel Highlands vs. Nikki Doria, South Park
May 28, 2020
Over the course of the next month and a half, May Madness will determine who fans believe is the WPIAL Athlete of the Century.

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Plum’s Pat McAfee (West Virginia) vs. Woodland Hills’ Steve Breaston (Michigan)
Trib HSSN May Madness: Pat McAfee, Plum vs. Steve Breaston, Woodland Hills
May 27, 2020
Over the course of the next month and a half, May Madness will determine who fans believe is the WPIAL Athlete of the Century.

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