Westmoreland girls soccer preview capsules: Games of Monday, Oct. 28, 2019
Sunday, October 27, 2019 | 9:22 PM
WPIAL girls soccer playoffs
1-Norwin (17-1) vs. 5-Seneca Valley (13-3-2)
8 p.m. Monday at North Allegheny
Winner plays: Winner of 2-Peters Township (17-1-1)/3-North Allegheny (15-2-1) in championship (time, date TBD) at Highmark Stadium
Coaches: Leslie Kaminski, Norwin; Mark Perry, Seneca Valley
Players to watch: Lacey Bernick, Jr., MF, Norwin; Breana Valentovish, Sr., MF, Seneca Valley
Corner kicks: Norwin is coming off a nail-biter against Fox Chapel in the quarterfinals. The Knights staved off elimination when Eva Frankovic scored with 4:55 left in overtime for a 4-3 win. Norwin is making its fifth straight semifinal appearance. Katelynn Kauffman leads Norwin with 19 goals. The Knights won back-to-back WPIAL titles in 2015-16 and took the PIAA championship in ‘17. … Defending WPIAL champion Seneca Valley defeated Norwin, 4-3, earlier in the season . The Raiders edged No. 3 Moon, 1-0, in the quarterfinals.
5-Belle Vernon (16-3) vs. 1-Mars (16-0-1)
8 p.m. Monday at Canon-McMillan
Winner plays: Winner of Plum/West Allegheny in championship (time, date TBD) at Highmark Stadium
Coaches: Tracy Lovett, Belle Vernon; Blair Gerlach, Mars
Players to watch: Grace Henderson, Jr., MF, Belle Vernon; Ellie Coffield, Jr., MF, Mars
Corner kicks: Belle Vernon has a balanced and deep lineup, one good enough to make it to the finals. But Mars will provide their most stringent test. Autumn Forte had the lone goal for the Leopards in a 1-0 quarterfinal win over fourth-seeded Oakland Catholic. Belle Vernon’s last trip to the semifinals was in 2012. Belle Vernon had three 20-plus goal-scorers in the regular season: Jillian Butchki (38), Farrah Reader (25) and Morgan Einodshofer (24).. … Preseason favorite Mars, the WPIAL runner-up last year, stayed unbeaten with a 7-0 shutout victory over No. 9 Thomas Jefferson. Ellie Coffield (20 goals) is one of the top players in the classificaton. She recently committed to Pitt. Mars has given up just eight goals.
5-Yough (16-1-1) vs. 8-Freeport (16-4)
6 p.m. Monday at Mars
Winner plays: Winner of 3-South Park (13-3-1)/2-North Catholic (12-4) in championship (time, date TBD) at Highmark Stadium
Coaches: Dann Appolonia, Yough; Brittni Grenninger, Freeport
Players to watch: Hadley Sleith, Sr., MF, Yough; Sidney Shemanski, Sr., F, Freeport
Corner kicks: Yough took down No. 4 Burrell, which had been unbeaten and untied, 1-0 in the quarterfinals as a first-half goal by Amber Biros held up. The Cougars made the semifinals in 2017 but lost Freedom, 3-0. Senior Justine Appolonia, a Youngstown State commit, leads Yough with 32 goals. McKenzie Pritts has 23 scores. Yough, which erupted for 10 goals in a first-round win over Highlands, never has won a WPIAL title in girls soccer. … Freeport stunned No. 1 Hopewell, 2-1, in the quarters. Freeport also last made the semifinals in 2017.
5-Greensburg Central Catholic (13-3) vs. 1-Freedom (20-0)
6 p.m. Monday at North Allegheny
Winner plays: Winner of 2-Bentworth (18-1)/3-Shady Side Academy (15-1) in championship (time, date TBD) at Highmark Stadium
Coaches: Ashley Davis, GCC; Colin Williams, Freedom
Players to watch: Sam Nemeth, Sr., MF, GCC; Renae Mohrbacher, So., MF, Freedom
Corner kicks: Greensburg Central Catholic advanced to its 10th consecutive WPIAL semifinal. The Centurions lost in this round to Bentworth last year. The Nemeths — Sam (2) and Jessica — each scored in a 4-0 shutout of Seton La Salle in the quarterfinals. GCC has won five WPIAL titles and a PIAA title since 2011. It has not missed the postseason since 1997 and hasn’t lost more than five games in a season since 2002. … High-scoring Freedom is seeking its third title in four years. It won the WPIAL last year and finished second in the state. Renae Mohrbacher has 55 goals. Julia Mohrbacher has 29. Freedom has 110 goals and has allowed 23.
Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Bill by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .