What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Nov. 9, 2021: State soccer playoffs kick off
Monday, November 8, 2021 | 6:40 PM
Even though the district-champion-only format for the PIAA playoffs in 2020 cut the state soccer playoffs from four rounds to three, it turned out to be a historic postseason for the WPIAL.
All eight District 7 boys and girls soccer champions won two state playoffs games to advance to a WPIAL block party at Hersheypark Stadium.
The three state championships won by WPIAL teams are tied for the second-most in one season. Four District 7 teams earned state soccer championships in 2012, 2013 and 2017.
On Tuesday, the 2021 PIAA soccer playoffs begin with 11 boys and 11 girls WPIAL teams ready to make a run for gold on the pitch.
The four boys and girls WPIAL champions all open up the PIAA postseason with home games.
Same for the girls brackets as Moon, Mars, Avonworth and Steel Valley will enjoy home cooking in round one while the other seven participants from the WPIAL take the bus ride to neighboring districts.
Hitting the PIAA hardcourt
The 2021 PIAA girls volleyball postseason also begins on Tuesday.
Much like soccer, the four WPIAL champions will host first-round matches while seven of the eight other district teams will travel east to District 6, northeast to District 9 or north to District 10 for state openers.
North Allegheny is the only defending PIAA champion from District 7. The Tigers are trying to win a fifth straight PIAA crown.
Field hockey too
Also on Tuesday, the 2021 PIAA field hockey championships begin.
The brackets only have three WPIAL teams, all district champions, and all three are home for the opening round.
Pine-Richland in 3A, Penn-Trafford in 2A and Shady Side Academy in A are all trying to make history. No WPIAL team has ever won a PIAA field hockey championship. In fact, no District 7 team has reached the state finals.
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