Soccer

North Allegheny Wins WPIAL Boys 4-A Soccer Crown in OT
November 4, 2016
The North Allegheny Tigers won their first WPIAL championship since 1999 with a 2-1 overtime triumph over the Seneca Valley Raiders at Highmark Stadium on Thursday night. Senior Sean Atwater, who scored his first goal of the season in overtime to beat Pine-Richland in the semifinals on Saturday, again connected for the game-winning marker to sink the Raiders in an exciting title tilt. The championship is North Allegheny’s eighth in program history.

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Freedom Wins First WPIAL Soccer Gold With Win Over Freeport
November 3, 2016
The #1 seeded Freedom Bulldogs got two goals each from sophomores Michaela Watkins and Myla Sharpless to defeat #2 seed Freeport 4-1 Thursday night at Highmark Stadium to capture the 2016 WPIAL 2A Girls Soccer Championship.  Freedom entered the game undefeated, having given up only 8 goals all season, none in the playoffs, and continued their unbeaten streak with a stifling defense and opportunistic offense that saw 4 goals scored on only 7 shots on net.  Michaela Watkins started the scoring at the 30:54 mark of the first half as she took a lead pass and broke in alone on Freeport keeper Cassie Suran, beating her with a quick shot to make it 1-0 Freedom. 

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 10/30/2016
October 30, 2016
The month of October ends on a spooky note, but thinks pick up at the start of November with exclusive coverage of the WPIAL fall sports postseason this week here on the MSA Sports Network. The 2016 district football postseason kicks off with 32 opening round games starting with the MSA Sports pregame Show Friday at 6pm and concluding with the Scoreboard Show Friday at 9:30pm.

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WPIAL Semifinals Soccer Saturday Summaries
October 29, 2016
On a day that felt more like an early season matchup, the WPIAL soccer Semifinals were played under sunny and comfortable conditions on the final step to the district championships. All eight of the top-seeds made it through to Round Three, and while the girls top-seeds all swept through into the Finals, three of the four #1-seeds on the boys side were bounced out of the title chase. Here are recaps from the 16 Semifinals games played on Saturday, 15 of which can be heard archived here on the MSA Sports Network. A special thanks to Lee Mohn, Jason Tennant, Mike Azadian, Rob McKinney, Sean Meyers, Kevin Zielmanski, Matt Vandriak and Lou Rood for their help on these recaps. BOYS WPIAL CLASS 4-A Semifinals:

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Scholastic Notebook – 10/28/2016
October 28, 2016
It was a first-time occurrence earlier this season when Armstrong’s Zane Dudek, Clairton’s Lamont Wade and Steel Valley’s DeWayne Murray all surpassed 5,000 career yards rushing. Of the 19 running backs in WPIAL history who ran for 5,000, Dudek, Wade and Murray were the first trio to do it in the same year. But that trio isn’t just settling at 5,000. They could be the three amigos for 6,000.

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 10/23/2016
October 23, 2016
The final seven days of the tenth month of the year heats up as the mercury drops as the fall sports postseason kicks into full gear this week here on the MSA Sports Network. The 'Stretch Run' of the high school football season concludes with Week Nine and The Network has 30 WPIAL football weekend contests starting with the MSA Sports pregame Show Friday at 6pm and concluding with the WPIAL Scoreboard Show Friday at 9:30pm.

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Scholastic Notebook – 10/21/2016
October 21, 2016
For the first time in WPIAL history, there could be a Lady in the football playoffs. No, it’s not a female player or coach. It’s the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart team. The Chargers started playing WPIAL football in 2010 and failed to make the postseason in the first six years of the program. OLSH could turn out to be one of the big turnaround stories in the WPIAL this season. The Chargers did not win a game last year, going 0-9. Now they are 5-2 overall and 4-2 in the Big Seven Conference. They are almost assured of a playoff berth, with games remaining against Sto-Rox and Shenango. Rochester leads the conference at 6-0, Northgate is 5-1 and OLSH and Sto-Rox are tied at 4-2. Shenango is fifth at 3-3.

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FINAL 2016 WPIAL Boys Soccer Standings
October 20, 2016
Here are the FINAL WPIAL boys soccer standings in each of the four classifications for the 2016 season...plus the FINAL WPIAL playoff picture with postseason clinchings and eliminations. Standings will be updated daily through the regular season, leading up to MSA Sports EXCLUSIVE coverage of the 2016 WPIAL Boys Soccer Playoffs. Weekly Top Ten WPIAL boys soccer rankings come out every Wednesday on MSasports.net Click on each team to see all of their results along with their remaining schedule for the 2016 season. (Top FOUR teams from each section qualify for playoffs) # = Clinched Section Title * = Clinched Playoff Berth x = Eliminated From Playoff Chase {SET WITH 16 4-A PLAYOFF TEAMS}

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FINAL 2016 WPIAL Girls Soccer Standings
Here are the FINAL WPIAL girls soccer standings in each of the four classifications for the 2016 season...plus the FINAL WPIAL playoff picture with postseason clinchings and eliminations. Standings will be updated daily through the regular season, leading up to MSA Sports EXCLUSIVE coverage of the 2016 WPIAL Girls Soccer Playoffs. Weekly Top Ten WPIAL girls soccer rankings come out every Tuesday on MSasports.net Click on each team to see all of their results along with their remaining schedule for the 2016 season. (Top FOUR teams from each section qualify for playoffs) # = Clinched Section Title * = Clinched Playoff Berth x = Eliminated From Playoff Chase {SET WITH 16 4-A PLAYOFF TEAMS}

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Boys Soccer Playoff Teams – 10/18/2016
October 18, 2016
For the final time this season, here are the MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL boys soccer rankings in all four classifications. However, this one is different because we rank ALL of the WPIAL playoff qualifiers for the upcoming district boys soccer postseason. You can listen to exclusive coverage of the 2016 WPIAL Soccer Playoffs over the next two weeks and check out the Pro Grass Boys Soccer Player of the Month in September, October and November ONLY here on the MSA Sports Network. Records are through Monday, October 17th. All four classifications will have No Bye's and No Preliminary Round Games. WPIAL BOYS SOCCER CLASS 4-A: 1)    SENECA VALLEY RAIDERS  (14-0-1)

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Girls Soccer Playoff Teams – 10/18/2016
For the final time this season, here are the MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL girls soccer rankings in all four classifications. However, this one is different because we rank ALL of the WPIAL playoff qualifiers for the upcoming district girls soccer postseason. You can listen to exclusive coverage of the 2016 WPIAL Soccer Playoffs over the next two weeks and check out the Pro Grass Girls Soccer Player of the Month in September, October and November ONLY here on the MSA Sports Network. Records are through Monday, October 17th. WPIAL GIRLS SOCCER CLASS 4-A - 16 TEAMS (No Bye's, No Preliminary Games): 1)    NORWIN KNIGHTS  (16-0-1)

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FINAL WPIAL Girls Soccer Playoff Qualifiers
The 2016 WPIAL Girls Soccer Playoffs will be unveiled on Wednesday, October 19th with the postseason beginning on Saturday, October 22nd. It will be a busy two weeks for the district with now four classifications playing to advance to the four district title matches set for November 3rd, 4th and 5th. Here are ALMOST all the teams that have qualified for the 2016 WPIAL Girls Soccer Playoffs. WPIAL CLASS 4-A - SET WITH 16 PLAYOFF TEAMS: Seneca Valley Raiders Pine-Richland Rams Butler Golden Tornado North Hills Indians Canon-McMillan Big Macs

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FINAL WPIAL Boys Soccer Playoff Qualifiers
The 2016 WPIAL Boys Soccer Playoffs will be unveiled on Wednesday, October 19th with the postseason beginning on Saturday, October 22nd. It will be a busy two weeks for the district with four classifications playing to advance to the four WPIAL championship matches at Highmark Stadium at Pittsburgh's Station Square set for November 3rd, 4th and 5th. Here are ALL the teams that have qualified for the 2016 WPIAL Boys Soccer Playoffs. WPIAL CLASS 4-A - SET WITH 16 PLAYOFF TEAMS: Seneca Valley Raiders Pine-Richland Rams North Allegheny Tigers North Hills Indians Canon-McMillan Big Macs

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WPIAL Alum Q&A – Evan Augustine
October 17, 2016
At a glance, the Penn State Behrend's men's soccer roster could easily be confused with a travel club of former WPIAL notables. With 25 players who hail from the district on a very successful Lions team, many could be candidates for the WPIAL Alum Q&A. Former South Park standout Evan Augustine, a senior defender, is among the very best for the squad, though. As such, he's the focus of this week's installment.

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 10/16/2016
October 16, 2016
We head into the second half of October, which means the transition from regular season to postseason begins in high school volleyball and soccer this week here on the MSA Sports Network. The 'Stretch Run' of the high school football season continues with Week Eight and The Network has 30 WPIAL football weekend contests starting with the MSA Sports pregame Show Friday at 6pm and concluding with the WPIAL Scoreboard Show Friday at 9:30pm.

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Penn-Trafford Warriors Hometown Boys Soccer Broadcast Recap – 10/15/2016
October 15, 2016
Dominance thy name was Penn-Trafford on the "pitch" Saturday afternoon as the Warriors downed the Gateway Gators 3-0 at a sun-soaked Penn-Trafford High School. The score doesn't even give a fair indication as to how Penn-Trafford (15-1) dominated the game, as the majority of the play took place on the Gateway side of the field. While it was Senior Recognition Day at Warriors Stadium, all of the scoring game from PT juniors. Austin Kreutzberger started the scoring at the 23:01 mark of the first half with a goal, then tallied another at 11:40. The second goal came off a perfect feed from senior Austin Mossellem.

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Scholastic Notebook – 10/14/2016
October 14, 2016
At least in two respects, there has never been a fall sports season like this at Derry Area High School. The Derry football team is perfect and the girls soccer team is headed to the postseason. No one has ever been able to say those two things before. Derry’s football team is 7-0. The last time Derry was 7-0 was 1983. That year, the Trojans lost their eighth game to Greensburg Central Catholic. Derry will try to go 8-0 with a win against Ellwood City Friday. Derry has never had a regular season with a perfect record. Derry Township had a perfect record in the 1930s, but that was before the school merged with Derry Borough to form Derry Area.

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Boys Soccer – 10/12/2016
October 12, 2016
Here are the MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL boys soccer rankings in all four classifications for the week of October 10th. 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 2016 WPIAL Soccer Playoffs in October and check out the Pro Grass Boys Soccer Player of the Month in September, October and November ONLY here on the MSA Sports Network. WPIAL BOYS SOCCER CLASS 4-A: 1)    SENECA VALLEY RAIDERS  (13-0-1) (Last Week #1)

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Girls Soccer – 10/11/2016
October 11, 2016
Here are the MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL girls soccer rankings in all four classifications for the week of October 10th. 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 2016 WPIAL Soccer Playoffs in October and check out the Pro Grass Girls Soccer Player of the Month in September, October and November ONLY here on the MSA Sports Network. WPIAL GIRLS SOCCER CLASS 4-A: 1)    CANON-McMILLAN BIG MACS  (13-0-1) (Last Week #1)

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 10/10/2016
October 10, 2016
We open up a busy October with a bang with high school football, soccer, volleyball, field hockey, golf and even hockey this week here on the MSA Sports Network. The high school football season kicks off the second half of the regular season with Week Six and The Network has 31 WPIAL football weekend contests starting with the MSA Sports pregame Show Friday at 6pm and concluding with the WPIAL Scoreboard Show Friday at 9:30pm.

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