Franklin Regional continues climb in national rankings

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | 3:57 PM


With back-to-back WPIAL championships in hand, Franklin Regional rose a few notches in the national boys soccer rankings.

TopDrawerSoccer.com released its latest “Fab 50” teams for the fall season Tuesday — opening day for the PIAA playoffs — and Franklin Regional jumped 10 spots to No. 23.

The Panthers (19-0-1) won their second straight WPIAL Class 3A title with a 2-1 victory over West Allegheny on Saturday at Highmark Stadium.

Senior Garrett Beaver scored the winning goal with four minutes to play.

Franklin Regional plays District 9 champion Bradford (15-5) at 8 p.m. Wednesday at North Allegheny in the first round of the state tournament.

The Panthers received some postseason accolades this week, as well.

Rand Hudson was named WPIAL Class 3A Coach of the Year, while sophomore forward and 30-goal scorer Anthony DiFalco was voted the classification’s player of the year.

Complete Fall 50 rankings here.

Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Bill by email at bbeckner@tribweb.com or via Twitter .

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