What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Oct. 31, 2023: Spots in finals up for grabs in unpredictable 4A boys soccer bracket
Monday, October 30, 2023 | 11:01 PM
Twenty-four district boys and girls soccer and girls volleyball teams will find out Tuesday if this particular Halloween will serves the trick of ending their WPIAL championship hopes or if they will be treated to a spot in the district finals later this week.
Welcome to Semifinals Tuesday in the fall sports postseason.
Already, there seems to have been a trick played to the top half of the Class 4A boys soccer brackets.
The Foxes have allowed only three goals in their last nine matches, including the 2-1 win over USC.
The Knights were 3-3-1 in their last seven regular season matches before stunning Seneca Valley in penalty kicks.
The Tigers beat their Section 1-4A rivals, 4-1, in their first meeting before the teams played to a 2-2 draw in their second match.
Lions and Tigers and Bulldogs, oh my
It’s a girls night out on the pitch as six district semifinals take place in Class 3A, 2A and A.
On a night known for costumes, the most popular mascot in the final four is the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs finished second in Section 4 while the Bucs were the No. 2 team out of Section 2.
They will play the second game of the 2A doubleheader at Gateway at 8 p.m.
The Antelopes won Section 1 while the Eagles captured the Section 4 crown.
The Bulldogs are the defending champions and have won two of their last five district crowns. The Dynamos last won it all 14 years ago in 2009.
While the Raiders were blanking Aquinas Academy and Chartiers-Houston in the first two rounds by a combined score of 7-0, the Gladiators were dropping stunners on No. 5 Greensburg Central Catholic, 2-1 in overtime in Round 1, and No. 4 Winchester Thurston in the quarterfinals, 1-0 in a penalty kick shootout.
The Class 3A semifinals will be played at Dormont Stadium.
Top-seeded Mars (16-0) has allowed only one goal this season and has 14 straight shutouts as it battles No. 5 South Fayette (12-4-2), a team that has blanked the opposition in four of its last five games, including both postseason matches.
The Fightin’ Planets have scored seven playoff goals while the Lions have hit the back of the net eight times.
In their two regular season meetings this fall, they played to a scoreless tie in September and the Tigers edged the Spartans, 1-0 in double overtime in their second classic.
Volleyball final four for four
The WPIAL girls volleyball semifinals will be split with 4A and 3A being played Wednesday while 2A and A take the hardcourt center stage on Tuesday.
In the second match at 7:30 p.m., it’s a battle of section champions as No. 2 Beaver faces No. 3 Quaker Valley.
The Bobcats won Section 1 by three games while the Quakers won Section 4 by two games over the runner-up Antelopes.
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