Soccer

Belle Vernon’s Daniel Sassak ended his high school career with 99 goals.
Belle Vernon soccer optimistic about future
November 1, 2021
Belle Vernon boys soccer, like so many teams throughout high school sports in the region, continued to feel the impact of the pandemic in 2021, even as play returned to normal.

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Peters Twp.’s Jillian Marvin works against Moon’s Madison Felton during their game on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, at Moon Area High School.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for Nov. 1, 2021: Soccer semifinals get underway
October 31, 2021
The day after Halloween is one several district soccer teams hope is filled with golden treats instead of sour tastes.

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Fox Chapel goalkeeper Molly McNaughton is mobbed by teammates after making the winning save in penalty kicks to defeat North Allegheny in their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
Fox Chapel girls soccer riding momentum as they prep for WPIAL semis vs. Seneca Valley
Molly McNaughton ranged to her left, got a hand on the ball and pushed it away from the goal.

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Franklin Regional’s Colton Hudson battles Kiski Area’s Aaron Witt for possession during their WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, at Franklin Regional High School.
Westmoreland WPIAL soccer playoff capsules for Monday, Nov. 1, 2021
Monday’s WPIAL soccer playoff games

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Resilient Springdale girls soccer team eager for WPIAL Class A semifinal vs. Steel Valley
Grace Gent led Springdale in scoring during the regular season with 23 goals.

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Even after playoff loss, things looking up for Penn Hills girls soccer
How the Penn Hills girls soccer team closed the season didn’t put a damper on the experience for coach Ashley DeVito.

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Pine-Richland girls soccer players show growth on, off the field
Success was measured both on the pitch and off for the Pine-Richland girls soccer program this season, one that saw the Rams finish 5-10 after a WPIAL first-round playoff exit at the hands of No. 6 Peters Township on Oct. 25.

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Pine-Richland’s Colin Zvejnieks celebrates a goal against North Allegheny.
Pine-Richland boys soccer team misses playoffs but makes major strides
As his third season as the Pine-Richland boys soccer coach wrapped up, Jordan Wiegand could sense his players fully bought into the family-like culture he’s been trying to build.

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Gateway junior Emily Mannion, at left, defends while junior Hallie Grant attempts to push the ball upfield during a practice Aug. 24, at Gateway’s Antimarino Stadium.
Gateway girls soccer team reflects on trip to postseason
The Gateway girls soccer team hoped for a longer stay in the WPIAL Class 3A playoffs, but coach Kelly Bender said she was happy with her team’s effort in the 3-0 first-round loss to South Fayette on Oct. 25.

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Senecav Valley’s Connor Oros (left) celebrates with Nathan Prex after Prex’s first goal during their game against Franklin Regional Oct. 19. Oros and Prex connected for the winning goal against Allderdice on Saturday.
High school roundup for Oct. 30, 2021: Defending champ Seneca Valley fights off Allderdice upset bid
October 30, 2021
Top-seeded Seneca Valley (16-0-1), the defending WPIAL and PIAA champ, fended off an upset bid in the Class 4A boys soccer quarterfinals Saturday, securing a 1-0 victory over No. 9 Allderdice (14-5-1). Nathan Prex scored a late goal, assisted by Connor Oros. Ryan Krumenacker recorded the shutout for the Raiders, who will meet No. 5 Fox Chapel in Tuesday’s semifinals.

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Former Fox Chapel soccer coach Jim Perry
Coach who laid groundwork for Fox Chapel’s soccer success discusses sport’s growth
With Fox Chapel in the WPIAL boys soccer playoffs for the 22nd consecutive season, it’s a good time to have a conversation with the man who was instrumental in putting the program on the map.

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Saidi Issa and Fox Chapel defeated Canon-McMillan, 3-0, earlier in the season. The Foxes and Big Macs meet Saturday in the WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinals.
A-K Valley WPIAL boys soccer playoff capsules for Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021
October 29, 2021
Saturday’s games

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Franklin Regional’s Anthony DiFalco celebrates with Billy Christafano and Dylan Tomb (22) after Christafano scored against Kiski Area during their WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, at Franklin Regional High School.
14 WPIAL boys soccer players earn all-state recognition
Fourteen WPIAL players were announced Friday as Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association all-state selections.

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Fox Chapel goalkeeper Molly McNaughton is mobbed by teammates after making the winning save in penalty kicks to defeat North Allegheny in their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
High school roundup for Oct. 28, 2021: Fox Chapel knocks off No. 1 North Allegheny in shootout
The Fox Chapel girls soccer team has advanced to the WPIAL Class 4A semifinals without scoring a goal in regulation.

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South Fayette goalkeeper Kaylee Hendricks makes a save during a playoff game against Franklin Regional last season.
Goalkeepers take center stage as South Fayette tops Franklin Regional in Class 3A shootout
October 28, 2021
South Fayette goalkeeper Kaylee Hendricks met her counterpart, Aris Lamanna of Franklin Regional, face-to-face, eye-to-eye.

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Peters Township and Latrobe line up before their WPIAL Class 4A girls soccer playoff game Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021.
Postseason prowess pays off as Peters Township ousts Latrobe in Class 4A quarters
A truck carrying a ladder drifted into the lane occupied by the Peters Township girls soccer bus as the team traveled to its playoff game Thursday night.

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Plum’s Ava Weleski (center) scored two goals in a 3-1 victory against Hampton in the WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinals Thursday.
Weleski powers Plum past Hampton, into WPIAL Class 3A semifinals
Plum took another step toward a possible third consecutive WPIAL girls soccer final Thursday night with a Class 3A quarterfinal victory over Hampton at Mustangs Stadium.

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West Allegheny’s Johnny Dragisich, who scored two goals Wednesday night, celebrates a goal last season.
High school roundup for Oct. 27, 2021: West Allegheny dethrones Mars
October 27, 2021
Mason Day had two goals and three assists to lead first-seeded West Allegheny to a 6-0 victory over No. 8 Mars (13-5-2), the defending WPIAL and PIAA champion, in a Class 3A boys soccer quarterfinal Wednesday night.

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Plum’s Tyler Schrecengost leaps to play the ball in front of Thomas Jefferson’s Ray Schrello as Plum’s Ethan Rose looks on during a WPIAL Class 3A playoff match Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021.
Plum shakes off nerves, shuts out Thomas Jefferson in WPIAL quarterfinals
Before a WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal matchup against Thomas Jefferson started Wednesday night, Plum coach Rafal Kolankowski noticed his team was a bit stiff.

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Franklin Regional’s Anthony DiFalco celebrates after scoring against Kiski Area during a WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, at Franklin Regional High School.
Franklin Regional rallies from 2-goal deficit, beats Kiski Area in WPIAL 3A quarterfinals
An early two-goal deficit can stun some teams in the WPIAL soccer playoffs.

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