What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Aug. 31, 2022: South Hills soccer showdown in spotlight
Tuesday, August 30, 2022 | 10:54 PM
We close out the month of August with another busy evening of WPIAL girls soccer on the pitch.
The Indians opened their season Saturday with a nonsection match against South Fayette that ended in a 1-1 tie.
A year ago, Peters Township finished second behind Moon in Section 2-4A while Bethel Park qualified for the postseason as the fourth-place finisher. The Black Hawks lost in the first round to Fox Chapel while the Indians reached the district semifinals before falling to eventual champion Moon.
Peters Township won the season series in 2021, 1-0-1. The Indians shut out the Black Hawks 2-0 at home before the teams played to a 1-1 tie in the rematch at Bethel Park last October.
Hope springs eternal
A new season brings a fresh start, a clean slate and plenty of dreams.
Some of those may not last long, but for seven WPIAL girls soccer teams, any win would be a tasty treat here in 2022. That’s because victory eluded them in the 2021 season.
Three of those teams begin their season Wednesday with a 0-0 record.
Three of the four other teams that were winless last year that have already started their 2022 schedule without a win, enter Wednesday optimistic the tide will turn.
Two to watch
There are two notable matches Wednesday afternoon, one in girls golf and the other in girls tennis.
Last year in the WPIAL championships, the Centurions won their seventh straight title with a score of 332 while the Vikings finished in third place behind runner-up Central Valley with a team score of 433.
In tennis, district powers Beaver and visiting Sewickley Academy go head-to-head in the first of two Section 4-2A matches.
The two met in the WPIAL Class 2A semifinals last fall with the Panthers sweeping past the Bobcats, 5-0. Sewickley Academy went on to win WPIAL gold.
Both teams qualified for the state playoffs. Beaver lost in the quarterfinals while Sewickley Academy reached the state title match before falling to Wyoming Seminary.
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