Soccer

Mars Back on Top of the WPIAL Girls AA Soccer World
November 7, 2015
The number one seeded Mars Planets used a pair of goals and a stout defense to defeat the number two seeded South Park Eagles 2-1 at Highmark Stadium for the 2015 WPIAL Girls Soccer Class AA Championship.  Since 2006, only one finals matchup has been held without one of these two teams as participants with the 2015 finals match being the second time they had met in the championship round.  Mars, last year’s runner up, was shooting for their 4th WPIAL AA Girls Soccer Championship and entered the championship game not having given up a goal in the playoffs.  South Park, owners of three WPIAL AA Championships themselves headed to the finals for the first time in four years.

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Seton-LaSalle Goes Overtime to Win Boys A Soccer Title
The Avonworth Antelopes and the Seton-LaSalle Rebels had met twice during the regular season in Class A Section 3 with each team coming away with a 2-1 win. So it was no surprise that the WPIAL Class A Title match at Highmark Stadium between the two schools was a tight battle as well. Senior midfielder Brandon Benedetti who had the game-winning goal in the Rebels 2-1 opening round win over Aquinas Academy stepped into solid right footed strike from 25-yards out and found the top left corner of the goal in the 7thminute of overtime propelling Seton-LaSalle to a 1-0 win and giving the Rebels their 6th WPIAL Class A Championship.

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Greensburg CC Repeats as Girls A Soccer Champs
It may have taken awhile, but once again the Greensburg Central Catholic Centurions (21-1) can call themselves WPIAL champions. Sarah Ward scored the game's lone goal with 11:55 to play in the second overtime in a game played Saturday morning at Highmark Stadium. As the play developed, the ball came to Bailey Cartwright in the box. Cartwright tried to create  a scoring opportunity with her back to the net. The ball came free to Ward, who softly guided it into the back of the net, to give the Centurions the win and their fourth WPIAL title in five years.

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Canon-McMillan Comes Back to Claim Boys AAA Soccer Gold in OT
The Canon-Mac Big Macs won their second WPIAL boys soccer championship at Highmark Stadium at Station Square when in the 8th minute of overtime Brandon Byer beat Fox Chapel keeper Jacob Dunn for a "Golden Goal", and a 2-1 Canon-MacMillan win. Fox Chapel had the better of play for most of the night out shooting and out-chancing the Big Macs. Fox Chapel took the lead in the 11th minutes when Kota Furuhata headed a Nathan Wecht corner behind Big Mac keeper Christian Snatchko.

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Dominant Norwin Wins WPIAL Girls AAA Title
The top-seeded Norwin Knights continued their incredible defensive run with a dominatin 3-0 over the Upper Saint Clair Panthers at Highmark Stadium at Station Square Friday night to win their first WPIAL girls soccer championship since 1997. The Knights dominated throughout finally cracking the scoreboard in the 21st minute of play when Emily Harrigan headed a perfect cross from Lexie Kolano to the upper left hand corner of the goal behind USC keeper Nikki Gibbons for a 1-0 lead. As has been the case 18 times this season, that single goal would be all the Knights needed. The goal for Harrigan was her 19th of the season.

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Scholastic Notebook – 11/06/2015
November 6, 2015
The WPIAL football playoffs start Friday night. Does that mean the Tri-County South Conference turns into the Tri-County Sour bunch once again? The Tri-County South in Class A hasn’t won a playoff game since the 2010 season. Since then, Tri-County South teams are 0-16 in the postseason. But maybe there is hope to end the postseason drought this year. Frazier finished the regular season with a 9-0 record and the Commodores were given the No. 4 seed. Frazier led the entire WPIAL in fewest points allowed this season and it plays host to South Side in a first-round game.

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WPIAL Soccer Semifinals Recaps
November 3, 2015
On one side, the girls held serve as all three top-seeds and a pair of #2-seeds have advanced through the first three rounds to lead to three anticipated title matches. On the other side of the pitch, it has been a great postseason to be a #4-seed as all three upset the top-seeds in the Semifinals and are one victory away from district gold. Here are ALL of the summaries from the twelve district boys and girls Semifinals contests from Monday in the WPIAL Soccer Playoffs. A special thanks to Rob Longo, Mike Azadian, Lee Mohn, Randy Gore, Adam Hoerner, James Dotson, Matt Vandriak, Brandon Showers, Greg Kuntz and Kyle Dawson for their help on these recaps. WPIAL CLASS AAA BOYS Semifinals:

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 11/01/2015
November 1, 2015
We are done with the WPIAL football regular season and ready to ride on the Highway to Heinz starting this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have ALL 32 First Round WPIAL Football Playoff games Friday night starting with the MSA Sports Pregame Show and concluding later that night with the WPIAL Football Scoreboard Show. We also have six District 6 and District 9 high school football games along with the Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Championships of the WPIAL Girls Volleyball Playoffs and the Semifinals and Championships of the WPIAL Boys and Girls Soccer Playoffs. We also have the debut of men's college basketball, plus The WPIAL Football Playoff Pairings Show. This Week in the WPIAL and the season finale of the Indiana County Coaches Show ALL here at MSAsports.net

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Scholastic Notebook – 10/30/2015
October 30, 2015
If you want to see variety, check out Paris this fall. But we’re not talking the city of Paris. We’re talking the junior do-it-all player for the Seton-LaSalle football team named Paris Ford. He is a Ford that is souped up with versatility. He is undoubtedly one of the most versatile – and best – players in the WPIAL. Ford is listed as a receiver and defensive back. He is a stud at both positions. But he also runs the football and returns kicks and punts. How versatile is he? Well, Seton-LaSalle has moved the 6-foot-1, 170-pound Ford to linebacker because that’s where they could use him the most.

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Scholastic Notebook – 10/25/2015
October 25, 2015
The irony of it. Deer Lakes came into Friday night’s game with the leading rusher in the entire WPIAL this season Hunter Burns. When it ended, Apollo-Ridge had the top rusher ever in a WPIAL game. Duane Brown, a junior at Apollo-Ridge, put himself in the history books when he rushed for a WPIAL record 460 yards in a 56-35 victory over Deer Lakes. Brown was certainly a workhorse in the game, carrying the ball 47 times. Brown broke a 15-year-old WPIAL record. Connellsville’s Marcus Furman ran for 455 yards in a 2000 game. What’s funny is that Apollo-Ridge coach John Skiba and his team had no idea how many yards Brown had or that he had broken the WPIAL record until an announcer from your very own MSA Sports staff came on the field and told him after the game.

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 10/25/2015
We conclude the Stretch Run of the 2015 high school football season while starting exclusive coverage of the 2015 WPIAL Soccer and Girls Volleyball Playoffs this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We wrap up the regular season with Week Nine of the high school football season with 29 WPIAL weekend contests starting Friday night with the MSA Sports Pregame Show and concluding later that night with the WPIAL Football Scoreboard Show.

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FINAL 2015 WPIAL Girls Soccer Standings
October 22, 2015
Here are the FINAL WPIAL girls soccer standings for the 2015 season...including the latest WPIAL playoff clinchings and eliminations. Standings will be updated daily through the regular season, leading up to MSA Sports EXCLUSIVE coverage of the 2015 WPIAL Girls Soccer Playoffs sponsored by Pro Grass and Carlow University starting on Saturday. Also, don't forget to click on the Soccer sports page for information on the 2015 MSA Sports Hometown Soccer Program. Weekly Top Ten rankings come out every Tuesday on MSasports.net MSA Sports Hometown Girls Soccer Program teams are capitalized.

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FINAL 2015 WPIAL Boys Soccer Standings
Here are the FINAL WPIAL boys soccer standings for the 2015 season...including the FINAL WPIAL Playoff clinchings and eliminations.  Standings will be updated daily through the regular season, leading up to MSA Sports EXCLUSIVE coverage of the 2015 WPIAL Boys Soccer Playoffs starting Monday. Also, don't forget to click on the Soccer sports page for information on the 2015 MSA Sports Hometown Soccer Program. Weekly Top Ten rankings come out every Wednesday on MSasports.net MSA Sports Hometown Boys Soccer Program teams are capitalized. (Top 3 teams from each section qualify for playoffs) # = Clinched Section Title * = Clinched Playoff Berth x = Eliminated From Playoff Chase

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Boys Soccer Playoff Teams – 10/20/2015
October 20, 2015
Usually each week during the regular season, we rank the Top Ten teams in each class. Here, MSA Sports ranks ALL of the boys soccer teams that qualified for the upcoming WPIAL Soccer Playoffs. Don't miss the WPIAL Soccer Playoff Pairings Show Wednesday at 5:30pm only at www.msasports.net. Also, you can listen to exclusive coverage of the 2015 WPIAL Boys Soccer Playoffs and the check out the Pro Grass Boys and Girls Soccer Player of the Month in September, October and November ONLY here on the MSA Sports Network. WPIAL BOYS SOCCER CLASS AAA - 15 TEAMS: 1)    SENECA VALLEY RAIDERS  (13-1-1) 2)    FOX CHAPEL FOXES  (14-1-1)

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Girls Soccer Playoff Teams – 10/20/2015
Usually each week during the regular season, we rank the Top Ten teams in each class. Here, MSA Sports ranks ALL of the girls soccer teams that qualified for the upcoming WPIAL Soccer Playoffs. Don't miss the WPIAL Soccer Playoff Pairings Show Wednesday at 5:30pm only at www.msasports.net. Also, you can listen to exclusive coverage of the 2015 WPIAL Girls Soccer Playoffs sponsored by Carlow University and the check out the Pro Grass Boys and Girls Soccer Player of the Month in September, October and November ONLY here on the MSA Sports Network. WPIAL GIRLS SOCCER CLASS AAA - 16 TEAMS: 1)    NORWIN KNIGHTS  (18-0-0)

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2015 WPIAL Soccer Playoff Qualifiers
The 2015 WPIAL Soccer Playoffs are set to begin with some Preliminary and First round matches slated to be played likely on Saturday. The brackets will be released on Wednesday afternoon and MSA Sports will break them down and preview the postseason on the pitch with the WPIAL Soccer Playoff Pairings Show Wednesday at 5:30pm. Here are the boys and girls teams that have qualified for the district playoffs. BOYS CLASS AAA:  (15 TEAMS - 1 BYE) Penn-Trafford Warriors Norwin Knights Connellsville Falcons Seneca Valley Raiders North Allegheny Tigers North Hills Indians Fox Chapel Foxes Franklin Regional Panthers Kiski Area Cavaliers Allderdice Dragons

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Hometown Girls Soccer Recap – Fox Chapel Foxes – 10/20/2015
Deena DeBaldo scored four goals as Fox Chapel posted their 14th shutout of 2015 in their 5-0 regular season finale win over Hampton in a Class AAA non-conference match on Monday. 

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WPIAL Alum Q&A – Maggie Scott
October 19, 2015
This week’s installment of WPIAL Alum Q&A profiles Maggie Scott, a former Shady Side Academy soccer standout who has moved on to more success at the collegiate level, at Miami University (Ohio). Scott enjoyed a prolific career at Shady Side Academy, where she was a four-year letterwinner and netted a school-record 152 career goals. Included in that total was a robust 51-goal season. Also during her senior campaign, Scott captained the team to an upset victory of Greensburg Central Catholic in the Class A Championship in 2013.

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 10/18/2015
October 18, 2015
We continue the Stretch Run of the 2015 high school football season while starting exclusive coverage of the 2015 WPIAL Soccer Playoffs this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We move on to Week Eight of the high school football season with 27 WPIAL weekend contests starting Friday night with the MSA Sports Pregame Show and concluding later that night with the WPIAL Football Scoreboard Show.

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Scholastic Notebook – 10/16/2015
October 16, 2015
Aliquippa is the only school in the WPIAL to have four running backs rush for more than 4,000 yards in their careers. There will likely be one for the thumb by the end of the season. Aliquippa senior running back Kaezon Pugh went over 3,000 yards two weeks ago and now has 3,210. Barring injury, Pugh should get 4,000 this season. He has three regular-season games left and Aliquippa should play at least two playoff games. The Quips are undefeated and played in the WPIAL Class AA championship seven years in a row. What’s impressive about Pugh is his yards-per-carry average. It’s almost 10 for his career. Pugh has 3,210 yards on 324 carries (9.9 average).

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