Soccer

WPIAL soccer playoff capsules for games of Tuesday, Oct. 27
October 26, 2020
Here are WPIAL soccer playoff preview capsules for Tuesday’s games involving teams from Westmoreland County and the A-K Valley:

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Burrell midfielder Ian Smola looks to control the ball during Burrell’s section 2-AA matchup with Deer Lakes on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020.
WPIAL soccer playoff capsules: Oct. 26
October 25, 2020
Boys

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Indiana reacts after defeating Belle Vernon in the first round of WPIAL boys soccer playoffs Oct. 24, 2020, at Belle Vernon.
Penalty kick gives Indiana boys soccer 1st-round win over Belle Vernon
October 24, 2020
Josh Glaser said three words ran through his head as he set up for the final penalty kick.

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North Catholic boys varsity soccer team cleared to play in first round of playoffs
After having to quarantine for 14 days because of a coronavirus exposure during one of their final matches, the North Catholic boys varsity soccer team has been cleared to play in a WPIAL Class 2A first-round matchup against Leechburg on Monday.

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Penn Hills boys soccer ends season on strong note
After a tough loss to powerhouse Franklin Regional on Oct. 12, coach Ryan Hankey challenged his Penn Hills boys soccer team by creating a short season in its final three games.

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Quaker Valley’s Blaise Burns battles Ambridge’s Austin Merlina for possession during their game on Oct. 8, 2020, in Leetsdale.
Quaker Valley soccer teams kept out of WPIAL playoffs
The Quaker Valley boys soccer team didn’t lose often this season, but one opponent kept the Quakers out of the WPIAL playoffs — the coronavirus.

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Freeport’s Christopher Doerr (12) works against Hampton’s Liam Nichols during their game Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, at Freeport.
Longtime friends, teammates Nichols, Viszlay lead Hampton soccer into postseason
Hampton’s Liam Nichols and Gabe Viszlay are dynamic teammates on the field and the best of friends away from it.

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Gateway junior Kira Pivik scored six goals during the 2020 regular season.
Gateway girls soccer navigates tough stretch of schedule to make playoffs
The Gateway girls soccer team finished its regular season with seven games in 11 days as a stretch of time off because covid issues within the school district created a stretch run more compact than normal.

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Strong finish lifts Gateway boys soccer into playoffs
The Gateway boys soccer team last week finished its mission of returning to the WPIAL playoffs for the first time since 2016.

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Shaler girls soccer looking to future after pair of positive late-season results
The back half of Section 1-4A play didn’t go how Shaler Area girls soccer coach Craig Wilkins hoped it would go.

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Chartiers Valley’s Tatiana Adzima participates in a team drill last season. Chartiers Valley’s Tatiana Adzima participates in a team drill Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 at Chartiers Valley Stadium.
Chartiers Valley soccer teams aiming for return to playoffs in 2021
The Chartiers Valley soccer programs were riding high four years ago.

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Bishop Canevin’s Jack Staley (left) battles with Seton LaSalle’s John Pete during a game last season.
Optimism abounds for Bishop Canevin boys, Carlynton girls soccer programs
Sometimes in sports, a small snow ball rolls to the point it becomes an avalanche.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Emily Kane competes against Baldwin on Oct. 17, 2020, at Baldwin.
Thomas Jefferson girls ride momentum into WPIAL soccer playoffs
Thomas Jefferson posted a sparkling 10-2 record in league play in Sean Richter’s first season as head coach.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Jack Sella competes against Greensburg Salem on Sept. 14, 2020, at Thomas Jefferson.
Scoring surge lifts Thomas Jefferson boys soccer team into WPIAL playoffs
Thomas Jefferson’s boys soccer team exudes confidence. One reason behind it is the offensive punch displayed by the Jaguars in 2020.

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Penn-Trafford’s Maya Roman defends Norwin’s Katelyn Kauffman last season.
Penn-Trafford girls soccer team plays through challenging season
It has been a challenging and unusual season for the Penn-Trafford girls soccer team.

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Penn Hills’ Kari Holt (right) practices last season.
Penn Hills girls soccer makes major strides to return to postseason
Coach Ashley DeVito has preached to her Penn Hills girls soccer team the importance of playing the game as a team.

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Franklin Regional goalkeeper Gianni Diacopoulos makes a save against Plum during their Sept. 28 match. The Panthers open the WPIAL playoffs against Knoch.
Westmoreland WPIAL soccer playoff capsules
October 23, 2020
WPIAL soccer playoffs preview

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Plum defender Kyle Ryan leaps in front of Franklin Regional’s Blake Cooper in front of the net during their game on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Murrysville.
Plum boys soccer riding 11-game winning streak heading into WPIAL playoffs
For the second straight year, the Plum boys soccer team is playing its best soccer when it matters most.

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Seneca Valley’s Connor Schmidt (left) battles North Allegheny’s Jonathan Swann for possession during their game on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, in McCandless. The Raiders won, 2-1.
Breaking down the 2020 WPIAL boys soccer playoffs
October 21, 2020
Here’s a look at the 2020 WPIAL boys soccer playoffs:

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Deer Lakes’ Michael Sullivan celebrates his first goal next to Shady Side Academy’s Sam Farner on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at Deer Lakes.
Deer Lakes boys, Plum girls earn No. 2 seeds in WPIAL soccer playoffs
When the WPIAL soccer playoff brackets were announced Wednesday, not one A-K Valley soccer team found itself named a No. 1 seed.

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