Soccer

Plum goalkeeper Megan Marston collides with Mars’ Breanna Goerl during the WPIAL Class 3A girls championship game Saturday.
A-K Valley PIAA girls soccer playoff capsules for Nov. 9, 2021
November 8, 2021
Class 3A

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Southmoreland’s Olivia Cernuto battles Avonworth’s Eden Schleis for a header during their WPIAL Class 2A semifinal on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, at West Allegheny High School.
Southmoreland girls soccer pushes through injuries all the way to state tournament
Southmoreland girls soccer players wore blankets on the sideline Thursday night during the WPIAL consolation game against Shady Side Academy at Norwin.

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Yough’s McKenzie Pritts is a Robert Morris recruit and an All-WPIAL selection. The junior scored 26 goals this season.
Despite WPIAL quarterfinal exit, Yough girls soccer proud of season
Yough girls soccer fell short of their ultimate goal in 2021, but coach Dann Appolonia likes the makeup of his team going forward.

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Franklin Regional’s Jake Kimmich talks with Kiski Area’s Owen Zimmerman after their WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, at Franklin Regional High School.
After historic season, Kiski Area boys soccer ready to reload
Sean Arnold had high hopes for his Kiski Area boys soccer team this year.

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Franklin Regional’s Joey Bayne (left) celebrates his goal with Anthony DiFalco and Colton Hudson during their WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal against Kiski Area.
State playoffs familiar territory for Franklin Regional boys soccer team but a 1st for its coach
November 7, 2021
Thomas Louisy hasn’t experienced the PIAA soccer playoffs as a high school coach. His Franklin Regional boys are teaching him something new with each step they take in the postseason.

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Gateway junior forward Colton Corrie sharpens his 
footwork during a practice Sept. 22, at Gateway’s Antimarino Stadium.
Behind young roster, Gateway boys soccer looks forward to promising future
It wasn’t the way the Gateway boys soccer team wanted to close out its 2021 season.

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Gateway rising junior Madi Jesih helped the Pittsburgh Hotspurs U16 girls soccer team reach the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships in Florida.
Gateway’s Madi Jesih commits to play soccer at Robert Morris
In less than two years, Gateway junior Madi Jesih will trade Gators black and gold for Robert Morris red, white and blue.

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Hampton’s Zach Panza celebrates as time expires in the WPIAL Class 3A championship game against West Allegheny on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at Highmark Stadium.
Clutch plays from Zach Panza lift Hampton past West Allegheny in Class 3A WPIAL finals
November 6, 2021
It’s not often that a player scores the game-winning goal and makes a huge save in the same game, but Zach Panza managed to pull off both accomplishments Saturday.

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Finalists announced for girls soccer’s Moe Rosensteel Award
Three finalists have been announced for the third Moe Rosensteel Player of the Year Award, which recognizes the top player in WPIAL girls soccer.

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The Avonworth girls soccer team celebrates after Fiona Mahan scored in double overtime to defeat North Catholic, 2-1, in the Class 2A girls championship game on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at Highmark Stadium.
Freshman’s OT goal lifts Avonworth past North Catholic in classic WPIAL girls soccer final
After splitting two regular season meetings and playing evenly through 80 minutes of regulation, it was going to take something special to separate Avonworth and North Catholic.

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Hampton’s Sophie Kelly celebrates her goal with teammates late in the second half against Franklin Regional on Oct. 6.
Hampton girls soccer team came a long way during another playoff season
A girls soccer season that began with the program’s most lopsided loss in a decade ended with the players’ heads held high.

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Winchester Thurston’s Jordan Poller-Prince (second from right) celebrates his winning goal with teammates during the WPIAL Class A boys championship game against Greensburg Central Catholic on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at Highmark Stadium.
Winchester Thurston uses big 2nd half to deny Greensburg C.C. its 3rd straight boys soccer title
November 5, 2021
At halftime, the WPIAL Class A boys soccer final looked to be on the same script as the past two seasons.

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Steel Valley’s Therese Doering (center) is mobbed by teammates after scoring the winning goal in overtime of the WPIAL Class A girls championship game against Greensburg Central Catholic on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at Highmark Stadium.
Freshman Doering scores OT winner as Steel Valley beats GCC for 1st WPIAL soccer title
Therese Doering was in the right place to win it for Steel Valley, but earlier this season, it seemed like she might not be on the field at all.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s first year head coach Olivia Kruger, at right, is handed the championship trophy by player Jessica Nemeth, left, after defeating Our Lady of the Sacred Heart on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020 in the WPIAL Class A girls soccer championship at Gateway Senior High School.
Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer coach goes into labor on championship game day
The Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer team will be without its head coach Friday night for the WPIAL Class A championship.

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Moon head coach Bill Pfeifer celebrates with goalkeeper Serayah Leech after defeating Seneca Valley, 4-0, in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, at Highmark Stadium.
Quick-strike offense, airtight defense carry Moon to WPIAL title win over Seneca Valley
November 4, 2021
The Moon girls soccer team got off to a quick start and didn’t slow down.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Kyler Miller (17) celebrates a goal with Jacob Gretz during their WPIAL Class A first round playoff game against Chartiers-Houston on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
WPIAL title game shaping up to be classic between Greensburg CC, Winchester Thurston boys
If there is one thing Rob Fabean wasn’t afraid to do when he took over the Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer team, it was experimenting.

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Plum’s Marissa Liberto heads the ball against Oakland Catholic on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, at Plum High School.
Familiar postseason foes Mars, Plum meet again for WPIAL Class 3A soccer title
For the third consecutive season, the Mars and Plum girls soccer teams will meet in the WPIAL Class 3A championship, with the latest installment taking place at 1:15 p.m. Saturday at Highmark Stadium.

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Franklin Regional and Plum meet in the WPIAL Class 3A boys soccer third-place match Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021.
With state playoff berth on the line, Franklin Regional tops Plum in shootout
November 3, 2021
A quickly scribbled together crib sheet that coaches drew up during the second overtime helped Franklin Regional extend its season.

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Freedom’s Renae Mohrbacher, shown in a 2019 playoff game, scored four goals in the WPIAL Class A consolation game Wednesday night.
High school roundup for Nov. 3, 2021: Freedom girls, Ambridge boys make states
Renae Mohrbacher scored four goals to lead No. 5 Freedom to a 6-0 victory over No. 2 Springdale in the WPIAL Class A girls soccer consolation game Wednesday night at North Allegheny.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ryan Appleby scores against Chartiers-Houston during a WPIAL Class A first-round playoff game Oct. 26.
WPIAL boys soccer championship preview: North Catholic, GCC have shot at history
A pair of WPIAL schools will be playing for the triple crown this week.

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