What to watch for in WPIAL sports for Sept. 5, 2023: Boys soccer section showdowns on tap

Monday, September 4, 2023 | 6:47 PM

In WPIAL Section 1-4A boys soccer, three teams are tied for first place with 2-0 section records while two others have split their first two section matches.

Four of those five teams go head-to-head Tuesday as we begin another busy week on the pitch.

Seneca Valley, which won the 2020 and ‘21 WPIAL titles, visits Central Catholic in a battle of 2-0 teams. Both teams are undefeated to this point with a combined overall record of 7-0.

North Allegheny is the other section team with a 2-0 record. The Tigers also are perfect on the season at 4-0 as they travel to Butler. The lone loss on the Golden Tornado’s 2-1-1 overall record is a 3-2 section loss to Seneca Valley in overtime.

More boys soccer fights for first

There is a three-way tie for first place in Section 1-2A between South Park, East Allegheny and Woodland Hills, all with 2-0 section records.

Traditional power South Park heads eat to face Woodland Hills. The Eagles are 4-0 overall while the Wolverines are 2-1 with a nonsection loss to Trinity Christian.

In Section 2-A, two teams are deadlocked for the early lead with defending champion Deer Lakes and Shady Side Academy both 2-0.

The Lancers (3-0 overall) will host the Bulldogs (2-0) on Tuesday.

Finally in Section 4-A, there is a six-way tie for first place. That’s because every team is 0-0 since the section schedule hasn’t kicked off, until Tuesday.

The three section openers are Chartiers-Houston at Carlynton, Brentwood hosting Serra Catholic and Seton LaSalle visiting Bishop Canevin.

Girls volleyball openers

Section play begins for most teams in Class 3A, 2A and A in WPIAL girls volleyball on Tuesday.

Defending 3A district champion North Catholic hosts Ambridge in Section 4-3A.

Last year’s winner in 2A is also home in its section lid lifter as Freeport welcomes Apollo-Ridge in a Section 5 match.

The Class A winner a year ago, Frazier is on the road at West Greene in a Section 2 opener.

The 2022 winner in 4A, Pine-Richland battles Penn-Trafford in a nonsection match.

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