Westmoreland County girls soccer notebook: Mt. Pleasant climbs to top of rankings
Tuesday, October 3, 2023 | 11:01 AM
There is a new No. 1 team in Class 2A.
A result between those teams also led to the Vikings’ ascent to the top spot.
Mt. Pleasant leads the WPIAL with 85 goals.
Four teams from Westmoreland County have punched their ticket to the WPIAL playoffs.
The top four teams in each section clinch playoff berths. The WPIAL will release tournament brackets Oct. 18.
The WPIAL championships are Nov. 2-4 at Highmark Stadium.
Franklin Regional has one of the top goalkeepers in the state in senior Aris Lamanna.
But few netminders have a voice in the action like Lamanna, a Coastal Carolina commit. Watch a game and you’ll see the 5-foot-11 Lamanna come all the way to near midfield when the ball is on the other end of the field.
She even takes lengthy free kicks for the Panthers.
“You don’t see many do what she can do back there,” Panthers coach Scott Arnold said. “She reads the game. She is amazing that way to see what is going on ahead of her.
“She is like a quarterback when we are on offense and a free safety when we’re on defense.”
One and not done
Close games are nothing new to teams in Section 3-3A, but three teams are getting used to the tight finishes.
Franklin Regional beat Penn-Trafford twice, both by a 1-0 final, the first in overtime.
Latrobe edged Penn-Trafford, 1-0, in overtime. The Wildcats’ two losses are both to Plum by 3-2 scores.
Latrobe beat Franklin Regional, 2-1.
Plum has opened a 2.5-game lead for first place over Franklin Regional and Latrobe.
Shouldering the load
Monessen’s Samantha Saylor has quietly been one of the top goal scorers in the WPIAL this season. And there is nobody questioning her importance to the team.
Look at this way: The Greyhounds have 33 goals this season. Saylor has 20 of them.
Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Bill by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter .
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