Soccer

Family matters: Kiski Area boys soccer on a mission
August 26, 2017
Kiski Area boys soccer coach Sean Arnold wants to start a family. The 2015 Cavaliers, who as a No. 14 seed upset No. 3 North

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Monessen's Mattie Telegraphis, left, during practice on Thursday Aug. 24, 2017 at Monessen.
Monessen girls soccer making important strides
At first glance, a 4-12 record might not have given the Monessen girls soccer team reason to celebrate last season. Considering the Greyhounds went 1-67-1

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Monessen's Cory Flemming during practice on Thursday Aug. 24, 2017 at Monessen.
Monessen boys soccer ready for more growth
The Monessen boys soccer team was a young group that was short on experience last season. As a result, the Greyhounds experienced growing pains. They

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Rybacki’s return provides boost for Carlynton girls soccer
All three Carnegie-area girls soccer teams advanced to the WPIAL playoffs last season. But the other trait the three shared was an early exit. Chartiers

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North Allegheny senior forward Josh Luchini competes during practice Aug. 24, 2017, at North Allegheny.
Chartiers Valley boys ready to defend WPIAL title
It will be hard for the Chartiers Valley boys soccer team to match last season's success. But the Colts are ready to give it a

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Penn Hills girls aim for consistent play under 3rd-year coach DeVito
After qualifying for the WPIAL playoffs for the first time since 2007, members of the Penn Hills girls soccer team believe they can make back-to-back

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Penn-Trafford's Austin Kreutzberger (7) against Penn Hills' Jesse Ternent (14) during a preseason scrimmage on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, at Penn-Trafford.
Penn Hills boys soccer seniors hope to take next step
After only one season under coach Ryan Hankey, the Penn Hills boys soccer team has approached this season with a new, positive attitude. The Indians,

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Thomas Jefferson boys look to maintain success
August 25, 2017
The Thomas Jefferson boys soccer program has been on a roll the past three seasons. The Jaguars advanced to the WPIAL semifinal round before finishing

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North Hills boys hope to overcome graduation losses
Sometimes in life, you are forced to grow up sooner than expected. For the members of the 2017 North Hills boys soccer team, that is

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North Allegheny senior midfielder Sam Buirge competes during practice Aug. 24, 2017, at North Allegheny.
North Allegheny boys ready to begin WPIAL title defense
Sean Atwater isn't expecting to tally three playoff game-winning goals in overtime again. Nor do his teammates on the North Allegheny boys soccer team expect

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Ligonier Valley boys adjust to new lineup
The Ligonier Valley boys soccer team is looking to build off of a 10-7 record from last year, being taken out in the second round

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Ligonier Valley High School junior Mia Lynn practices headers during a drill Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017 for girls' soccer practice at Ligonier Valley High School.
Ligonier Valley girls have high expectations
The Ligonier Valley girls soccer team will be looking for improvement this season, even after finishing first in the Heritage Conference in 2016. The Rams,

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WPIAL semifinalists last season, Highlands girls put focus on possession, foot skills
Jaci Bowser has the attitude first-year Highlands girls soccer coach Rick Tamburri seeks. Despite graduation and a lack of numbers leading to the Golden Rams

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Highlands' Cris White moves the ball past Valley defenders during a scrimmage on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 at Highlands Middle School.
Teammwork to guide Highlands boys soccer in Section 1
Gabriel Norris never needed to venture far from Oakwood Place in Natrona Heights to find a practice partner. When Norris, an incoming freshman at Highlands,

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Baldwin senior Alina Stahl practices Aug. 16, 2017, at Baldwin.
Deep senior class leads Baldwin girls soccer into season
August 24, 2017
The Baldwin girls soccer team is looking for a turnaround season in 2017. After winning their first two games last year, the Highlanders finished with

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Freeport's Bryce Hanby, drives the ball down field during a recent scrimmage at Freeport High School.Tuesday August 22, 2017.
Freeport boys look to defend section title
Freeport learned the hard way the importance of never letting up in soccer. Leading by two goals and seemingly on their way to a WPIAL

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Confident Freeport girls motivated by WPIAL runner-up finish
As Brittni Grenninger doled out plyometric workouts at the end of three-on-three mini-games at a recent practice, she assigned the longest time interval to the

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Latrobe's Sophia Hoch, a sophomore, makes a cross during shooting practice behind the high school on August 23rd, 2017.
Latrobe girls soccer to rely on youth to find success
Last season, the Latrobe girls soccer team was loaded with 14 seniors. Despite that experience in their corner, the Wildcats struggled to a 1-10-2 overall

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Head Soccer Coach for the Latrobe Wildcats, Tom Kennedy, directs players on the field for practice on August 23rd, 2017.
Latrobe boys have experienced senior class hoping to improve on 5-13 record
Soccer players who cross over to participate in football, specifically to kick on Friday nights, seem to be more common than ever. And in most

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Jeannette goalie Luke Brummett sets up in goal during practice on Wednesday Aug. 23, 2017 at Jeannette Soccer Club.
Jeannette boys expect turnaround soccer season
August 23, 2017
It's been a rough go for Jeannette boys soccer since 2010. The team's best season was an 8-9 campaign in 2013, and it hasn't put

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