Soccer

MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Girls Soccer – 10/13/2015
October 13, 2015
Here are the MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL girls soccer rankings for the week of October 12th...including a NEW #1 team in Class AA. You can check out the new rankings every Tuesday through the regular season with weekly matches heard live and archived, including Hometown Soccer broadcasts each week. You can also listen to exclusive coverage of the 2015 WPIAL 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 GIRLS SOCCER CLASS AAA: 1)    CANON-McMILLAN BIG MACS  (14-0-1) (Last Week #1)

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Hometown Girls Soccer Recap – Fox Chapel Foxes – 10/13/2015
Fox Chapel came into Monday night’s match against Gateway riding an 11-game winning streak and also sporting a 21-game unbeaten streak at home and both streaks continued with a 4-0 shutout win at Fox Chapel Stadium. The Foxes attack dominated the match and Fox Chapel possessed the ball for most of the night but held only a 1-0 lead at halftime. Senior forward Taylor Cohen scored the game’s first goal when she nudged a Deena DeBaldo feed past Gators goalkeeper Emma Skledar with her left foot in the 8th minute. Fox Chapel had 13 first half opportunities and registered 6 shots on goal in the first 40 minutes.

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Hometown Girls Soccer Recap – Penn-Trafford Warriors
The Penn-Trafford girls’ soccer team displayed dominance in all phases of the game en route to a 7-0 victory against Hempfield Area on Monday. Host Penn-Trafford improved to 10-1 in Class AAA Section 1 (10-2-1 overall), while Hempfield Area, clinging to third place in the section, fell to 6-4 (7-4-1 overall). With the triumph, the Warriors keep their section title hopes intact, with a battle to determine section supremacy slated for later this week.

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Hometown Boys Soccer Recap – Penn-Trafford Warriors
Penn Trafford scored twice in the first half to avenge their only Section-1 defeat of the season by defeating Hempfield 2-0 Monday.  The Warriors stuck first in the 19th minute, as Austin Kreutzberger found the net off of a feed from Joe Salesi.  Salesi pushed the ball ahead to Kreutzberger, who's shot from 20-yards out found the inside of the far post behind Spartans goalkeeper Nate Burkhart.

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Hometown Boys Soccer Recap – Upper St. Clair Panthers – 10/11/2015
October 11, 2015
On a crisp clear fall afternoon two long time rivals got together in a Hometown soccer game at Upper Saint Clair high school. The home standing Panthers came away with an impressive 7-0 victory over the Blue Devils.  Rivals in every sport and neighboring communities everyone was looking forward to this clash, but the Panthers on senior day had an easy time handling their neighbor. USC opened the scoring on a goal from Steffano Paolino at 11:07 of the first half. The Panthers tic tac toed passes around from right to left and he was wide open in front to tap it in for a 1-0 lead.

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Scholastic Notebook – 10/09/2015
October 9, 2015
Many Class A football players are often smaller in size than those in Class AAA or AAAA. But Avonworth’s Zach Chandler and Neshannock’s Frank Antuono are Class A quarterbacks who would be large for any team, regardless of class. And Chandler and Antuono are doing some big, big things this season. Chandler is 6 feet 4, 235 pounds, while Antuono is 6-2, 220 and bench presses 400 pounds. Now consider what these “big guys” are doing: *Chandler, a senior, leads the WPIAL in passing yardage with 1,702 after five games. He has completed 83 of 134. This after missing most of the past two seasons with injuries. He has helped Avonworth to a 4-1 record.

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Hometown Boys Soccer Recap – Upper St. Clair Panthers – 10/08/2015
October 8, 2015
Logan Brinsky's goal in the 45th minute lifted Peters Township (9-3-2, 6-2-1) to a 1-0 victory over Upper St. Clair (8-5-1, 6-3-0) in Class AAA's Section 5 on Thursday night. Brinsky, who had a number of scoring chances throughout the night, would finally capitalize just moments after a near miss, taking a long pass in the middle of the field, sneaking behind the Panthers' back row and tucking a shot inside of the far goal post, just out of the reach of Upper St. Clair goalkeeper Mack Dominick. Without Dominick, the match would likely have been far more lopsided, as the junior netminder made a variety of difficult saves during the course of a physical and chippy game.

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PIAA Approves 6 Classes for Football, Hoops, Baseball & Softball
Are you ready for six classifications in Pennsylvania high school football? And boys basketball? And girls basketball? And baseball? And softball? Six classifications in all of those sports will be a reality in the 2016-17 school year. That was the gigantic news that came out of a PIAA board of directors meeting Wednes day in Mechanicsburg. Heading into the meeting, the main topic on the agenda was supposed to be a final vote on the expansion of classifications in football from four to six. The PIAA had already passed that in two other votes, and needed only to pass one more vote before going into effect for the 2016-17 season. That proposal easily passed by a 26-4 vote. But there was more big news to come.

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Boys Soccer – 10/07/2015
October 7, 2015
Here are the MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL boys soccer rankings for the week of October 5th...including another NEW #1 team in Class AAA. You can check out the new rankings every Wednesday through the regular season with weekly matches heard live and archived, including Hometown Soccer broadcasts each week. You can also listen to exclusive coverage of the 2015 WPIAL 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: 1)    FOX CHAPEL FOXES  (12-0-0) (Last Week #2)

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Girls Soccer – 10/06/2015
October 6, 2015
Here are the MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL girls soccer rankings for the week of October 5th. You can check out the new rankings every Tuesday through the regular season with weekly matches heard live and archived, including Hometown Soccer broadcasts each week. You can also listen to exclusive coverage of the 2015 WPIAL 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 GIRLS SOCCER CLASS AAA: 1)    CANON-McMILLAN BIG MACS  (12-0-0) (Last Week #1) 2)    NORWIN KNIGHTS  (13-0-0) (Last Week #2)

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 10/04/2015
October 4, 2015
The first full week of October is a busy one with a full plate of fall sports along with a side dish of winter high school sports action this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We move on to Week Six of the high school football season with 30 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 – 10/02/2015
October 2, 2015
Anthony Welsh of Bethlehem-Center will likely run his way into the WPIAL record books Friday night. Welsh, a senior, needs only 62 yards rushing to reach 4,000 for his career. He would become the 63rd player in WPIAL history to reach 4,000 yards. With that in mind, here are some factoids about the 4,000-yard milestone: * The first player known to reach 4,000 yards was Jerry Patterson of Chartiers-Houston, who graduated in 1970 with 4,075 yards. * Welsh would be the second Beth-Center runner to reach 4,000. Keith Miller, a 1997 graduate, ran for 5,121.

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Boys Soccer – 09/30/2015
September 30, 2015
Here are the MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL boys soccer rankings for the week of September 28th...including NEW #1 teams in both Class AAA and Class AA. You can check out the new rankings every Wednesday through the regular season with weekly matches heard live and archived, including Hometown Soccer broadcasts each week. You can also listen to exclusive coverage of the 2015 WPIAL 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: 1)    CANON-McMILLAN BIG MACS  (10-0-0) (Last Week #2)

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Girls Soccer – 09/29/2015
September 29, 2015
Here are the MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL girls soccer rankings for the week of September 28th. You can check out the new rankings every Tuesday through the regular season with weekly matches heard live and archived, including Hometown Soccer broadcasts each week. You can also listen to exclusive coverage of the 2015 WPIAL 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 GIRLS SOCCER CLASS AAA: 1)    CANON-McMILLAN BIG MACS  (9-0-0) (Last Week #1) 2)    NORWIN KNIGHTS  (11-0-0) (Last Week #2)

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Hometown Girls Soccer Recap – Upper St. Clair Panthers – 09/29/2015
Upper St Clair and Peters Township are two of the most celebrated soccer programs in the WPIAL and every time the two squads do battle with each other, one can expect a classic. Monday night's matchup at USC was no different as the Indians edged the Panthers 2-1.  After a bit of a feeling-out process in the early going, the Indians struck first in the 12th minute off of a corner kick. An accidental own goal was scored when the ball ricocheted off a USC defender into the net. The goal was credited to PT's Brianne Latsko, and the Indians took a 1-nil lead. 

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 09/27/2015
September 27, 2015
We have plenty of fall high school sports as the calendar changes from September to October this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We move on to Week Five of the high school football season with 28 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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Hometown Boys Soccer Recap – Seneca Valley Raiders – 09/24/2015
September 24, 2015
In a rematch of last year’s WPIAL Class AAA Quarterfinals matchup in which Butler upset Seneca Valley, the Raiders found some revenge and helped solidify their No. 1 ranking in AAA by shutting out the Golden Tornado, 2-0.

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Boys Soccer – 09/23/2015
September 23, 2015
Here are the MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL boys soccer rankings for the week of September 21st. You can check out the new rankings every Wednesday through the regular season with weekly matches heard live and archived, including Hometown Soccer broadcasts each week. You can also listen to exclusive coverage of the 2015 WPIAL 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: 1)    SENECA VALLEY RAIDERS  (5-0-1) (Last Week #1) 2)    CANON-McMILLAN BIG MACS  (8-0-0) (Last Week #2)

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Girls Soccer – 09/22/2015
September 22, 2015
Here are the MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL girls soccer rankings for the week of September 21st. You can check out the new rankings every Tuesday through the regular season with weekly matches heard live and archived, including Hometown Soccer broadcasts each week. You can also listen to exclusive coverage of the 2015 WPIAL 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 GIRLS SOCCER CLASS AAA: 1)    CANON-McMILLAN BIG MACS  (7-0-0) (Last Week #1) 2)    NORWIN KNIGHTS  (7-0-0) (Last Week #2)

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WPIAL Alum Q&A – Clint McElheny
September 21, 2015
The latest installment of WPIAL Alum Q&A focuses on former Shaler Area High School and current Seton Hill University soccer player Clint McElheny. McElheny was a 2013 graduate of Shaler Area High School, where he was a standout on the pitch for the Titans. In high school, he was a three-year varsity letterwinner and earned all-section honors. While his playing accolades in high school were impressive, perhaps McElheny’s greatest accomplishment during his time at Shaler Area was earning a full-tuition scholarship.

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