WPIAL Class 4A girls soccer championship breakdown: North Allegheny vs. Fox Chapel

Wednesday, November 1, 2023 | 3:44 PM

1-North Allegheny (20-0-0) vs. 6-Fox Chapel (12-4-2)

8 p.m. Thursday, Highmark Stadium

Tickets: $10 (general admission)

Coaches: Chuck Kelley, North Allegheny; Carlo Prati, Fox Chapel

Players to watch: Abigail Stager, North Allegheny; Kate Friday, Fox Chapel

WPIAL titles: North Allegheny 3 (2019, ‘20, ‘22); Fox Chapel 1 (1985)

Playoff path: North Allegheny beat No. 8 Mt. Lebanon, 2-1 on penalty kicks; and No. 5 Canon-McMillan, 2-1 in overtime. Fox Chapel defeated No. 3 Peters Township, 5-1, and No. 2 Upper St. Clair, 5-2.

Corner kicks: North Allegheny has won three of the past four WPIAL Class 4A championships and has reached the finals in four of the past five years. Moon won in 2021. Stager, a Kentucky commit, was the hero for the Tigers in the semifinals, scoring her 31st goal of the season 22 seconds into overtime. The Tigers have four players who earned All-WPIAL honors this week: senior forward Jadyn Coy, senior defender Libby Earley, junior defender Madison Miller and Stager, who was honored for the second time. The Tigers have outscored opponents 100-12 this season and are averaging 5.0 goals per game. … Two of Fox Chapel’s losses this season came against North Allegheny: 4-3 on Sept. 13 and 3-2 on Oct. 9. The Foxes, who average 3.7 goals per game, have outscored their playoff opponents 10-3. Fox Chapel (8-4-2) finished third in Section 1 behind North Allegheny (14-0) and Seneca Valley (11-2-1). Senior midfielder Friday and junior midfielder Alyssa Quackenbush had two goals apiece in the semifinals. Friday was joined on the All-WPIAL team by senior defender Anna Troutman and freshman forward Emily McKee, who has a team-high 21 goals. Second-year coach Carlo Prati was named the Section 1 Coach of the Year. The Foxes are seeking their first WPIAL title since 1985.

Bill Hartlep is the TribLive sports editor. A Pittsburgh native and Point Park graduate, he joined the Trib in 2004, covering high school sports. He held various editing roles before assuming his current position in 2019. He can be reached at bhartlep@triblive.com.

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