Soccer

Franklin Regional’s Nolan Scholze works against Blackhawk’s Justin Zubroski during the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals.
Franklin Regional blocks out hype, sets sights on next PIAA opponent
November 9, 2019
There is only one way to deal with all of the hype and pressure that comes with being a nationally ranked soccer team, one that sits three wins away from its first state title.

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Springdale’s Matt Taliani (top) battles Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ricco Ciccarelli for a header during their WPIAL Class A semifinal Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at Hampton High School.
Springdale has plenty of motivation heading into PIAA quarterfinal match with GCC
November 8, 2019
Heading into Saturday’s PIAA quarterfinal matchup with WPIAL Class A champion Greensburg Central Catholic, the Springdale boys soccer team won’t lack competitive fire.

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North Allegheny’s Sarah Sarah Schupansky (17) celebrates her goal with teammates during the girls WPIAL Class 4A championship game Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
North Allegheny girls soccer continues to find success
November 7, 2019
Facing a team with more experience in the PIAA Class AAA playoffs wasn’t a big issue for the North Allegheny girls soccer program.

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Hampton goalkeeper Thomas Bradfield (0) looks to make a save against Mars’ Dane Beller (27) September 17, 2019 at Mars.
Mix of old, young help Hampton boys soccer to best season since ’11
If this season is any indication of what lies ahead for the Hampton soccer program, parents should start packing their bags for the state playoffs. But not this year.

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Freedom’s Julia Mohrbacher (44) defends against Greensburg Central Catholic’s Natalie Ward (20) during a WPIAL Class A semifinal Oct. 28.
GCC girls expect test in rematch with Freedom
Greensburg Central Catholic is responsible for the only blemish on the Freedom girls soccer team’s record this year.

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Deer Lakes’ Colton Spence battles North Catholic’s Brendan Shantz for the ball during their WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, at Seneca Valley High School.
Defense fuels Deer Lakes on second straight state tournament run
Throughout the postseason, the Deer Lakes boys soccer team has displayed a gift for possessing the ball, passing around opponents and finding a way to put the ball into the back of the net.

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Plum’s Abby Lewis moves the ball upfield during the girls WPIAL Class AAA championship game against Mars on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Plum pleased with progress after historic girls soccer season
November 6, 2019
When Plum girls soccer team members gathered for summer workouts and then came together for official preseason practices in August, a buzz surrounded the talented but youthful group.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Nate Ward celebrates his first goal against Iroquois during the Centurions’ PIAA Class A first round state playoff game Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at Hampton High School.
GCC gets matching hat tricks from Nate Ward, Carlo Denis to pummel Iroquois
November 5, 2019
Senior Nate Ward and freshman Carlo Denis were harbingers of promising things to come in the first round of the PIAA Class A boys soccer playoffs.

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Plum’s Gina Proviano (right) competes against Gateway’s Jenna Shuman during a WPIAL Class AAA first-round game October 21, 2019 at Plum High.
First PIAA-playoff appearance is ‘great opportunity’ for Plum girls soccer
November 4, 2019
The Plum girls soccer team fell short Saturday in its quest for a WPIAL Class AAA championship in its first title-game appearance.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ryan Reitler (27) battles Springdale’s Duncan Caltagarone for a header during their WPIAL Class A semifinal Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at Hampton High School.
Springdale boys soccer looks to avenge playoff losses
It only has been two years since the Springdale boys soccer team made a run to the PIAA Class A tournament.

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Quaker Valley’s Matt Kublinski (5) battles Deer Lakes’ Mike Sullivan for a header during the WPIAL Class AA championship game Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Deer Lakes boys soccer turns attention to PIAA tournament
Friday night brought a disappointing end to Deer Lakes’ quest for a WPIAL soccer championship.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Dylan Sebek (3) and Ricco Ciccarelli celebrate with the student section after the Centurions defeated Winchester Thurston in the boys WPIAL Class A championship game Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
PIAA soccer playoffs sites and times set for Westmoreland teams
November 3, 2019
Two WPIAL boys champions and three girls runners-up from Westmoreland County will open the PIAA soccer playoffs Tuesday.

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Yough’s Amber Biros (2) celebrates her goal off a corner kick with teammates during their WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal against Burrell Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Yough, North Catholic ready for first WPIAL girls soccer championship appearance
November 1, 2019
Yough and North Catholic’s girls soccer teams had a sense of relief after winning Monday’s WPIAL Class AA semifinals.

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Plum’s DD Flowers controls the ball in front of Knoch’s Adam Walker on Aug. 22, 2019.
Plum soccer reached goals despite dramatic playoff loss
If someone had told Plum boys soccer coach Raf Kolankowski before the season that his team would have been leading in a WPIAL Class AAAA semifinal with five-plus minutes remaining, he would’ve taken it in a heartbeat.

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Franklin Regional’s Anthony DiFalco celebrates after scoring on a penalty kick against South Fayette earlier this season.
Franklin Regional defense will get test from West Allegheny in WPIAL title rematch
Anthony DiFalco plays soccer with a low-key demeanor, but his advanced skills are unintentionally flashy at times.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ricco Ciccarelli (8) celebrates his goal with teammates during their WPIAL Class A semifinal against Springdale on Oct. 26, 2019, at Hampton High School.
Greensburg CC boys soccer eager for another shot at Winchester Thurston
October 31, 2019
In Greensburg Central Catholic’s last boys soccer game, Ricco Ciccarelli took a delicate pass off the foot of teammate Carlo Denis and ripped a shot past the Springdale goalkeeper for the go-ahead score.

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Carlynton’s Demetrius Howe (12) competes against Aquinas Academy October 8, 2019 at Wildwood Sports Complex.
Strong season gives jolt of energy to Carlynton soccer program
When Nick Showman took over the Carlynton boys soccer team three years ago, something was missing.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Natasha Yanief sends the Jaguars to the WPIAL championship game with a kill over South Fayette’s Rachel Phoennik (18) and Alisa Gealey during their Class 3A semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, at North Allegheny High School.
High school roundup for Oct. 30, 2019: Haleigh Finale scores four to lead South Park girls soccer to states
October 30, 2019
Haleigh Finale scored four goals to propel No. 2 South Park to a 4-1 win over eighth-seeded Freeport in the WPIAL Class AA girls soccer consolation game at Mars.

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Mt. Lebanon, Canon-McMillan square off for WPIAL Class AAAA boys soccer championship
WPIAL Class AAAA Boys Soccer Championship

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Nate Ward (12) and Avonworth’s Addison Dexter (8) chase down a loose ball during a WPIAL Class A quarterfinal game Oct. 23, 2019 at Fox Chapel High.
Westmoreland County high school soccer notes: GCC’s Nate Ward double-booked for Friday night
Greensburg Central Catholic senior Nate Ward not only is one of the top soccer players in the WPIAL, but he also is the kicker for the Centurions football team.

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