Soccer

Shady Side Academy’s Sadie Navid heads the ball over Burrell’s Leah Brockett during their game on Sept. 27.
WPIAL Clinched for Oct. 14, 2021: Girls soccer
October 14, 2021
Section play in the 2021 girls soccer regular season section play has only a few makeup games left. The top four teams in each section qualify for the district playoffs. All teams tied for a playoff spot in which head-to-head does not break the tie qualify for the postseason.

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Deer Lakes’ Ruger Beer battles Shady Side Academy’s Koven Johnson for possession during their game on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, in Fox Chapel.
WPIAL clinched for Oct. 14, 2021: Boys soccer playoff field set
Section play in the regular season is nearly complete and the 2021 WPIAL boys soccer playoffs are just around the corner. The top four teams in each section qualify for the district playoffs. All teams tied for a playoff spot in which head-to-head does not break the tie all qualify for the postseason.

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Belle Vernon’s Daniel Sassak is the school’s all-time scoring leader with 215 points.
Westmoreland County boys soccer notes: Belle Vernon scorer sets another record
October 13, 2021
First he took down the career record for goals. Now, Daniel Sassak has the all-time points mark, too.

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Penn-Trafford’s Malia Kearns is a member of the 2021 girls soccer team.
Westmoreland County girls athlete of the week: Penn-Trafford’s Malia Kearns
Malia Kearns

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Hampton’s Sophie Kelly scores against Franklin Regional on Oct. 6.
WPIAL Clinched for Oct. 12, 2021: Girls soccer
October 12, 2021
Section play in the 2021 girls soccer regular season section play has less than one week left. The top four teams in each section qualify for the district playoffs. All teams tied for a playoff spot in which head-to-head does not break the tie qualify for the postseason.

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Plum’s Ava Weleski (10) celebrates her goal with Nina Kite and Kaley Simqu during their game against Thomas Jefferson on Sept. 28, 2021, at Plum High School.
Plum girls soccer team gears up with playoffs right around corner
The Plum girls soccer team has displayed its usual dominance through the regular season, and the two-time WPIAL Class 3A finalists have their sights set on another strong postseason run.

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Jeanette’s Jordan Taylor is a member of the 2021 boys soccer team.
Westmoreland County boys athlete of the week: Jeannette’s Jordan Taylor
Jordan Taylor

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Leechburg’s Gavin Cole
A-K Valley boys athlete of the week: Leechburg’s Gavin Cole
Gavin Cole

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What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Oct. 12, 2021: Girls soccer races coming down to wire
October 11, 2021
You could say that South Park and Elizabeth Forward are fit to be tied for their girls soccer section title.

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Hampton’s Zach Panza (7) battles Kiski Area’s Owen Zimmerman for possession during their game on Oct. 7.
WPIAL Clinched for Oct. 11, 2021: Boys soccer
Section play in the regular season is winding down and the 2021 WPIAL boys soccer playoffs are just around the corner. The top four teams in each section qualify for the district playoffs. All teams tied for a playoff spot in which head-to-head does not break the tie qualify for the postseason.

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Adeline Guess and Belle Vernon compete against Ringgold on Oct. 9, 2021, at Belle Vernon.
‘Beach Patrol’ defense makes Belle Vernon girls soccer team hard to play against
Five years ago, Belle Vernon’s boys soccer team had a smothering defense — and confidence to match.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ryan Reitler (27) and Nate Ward after the Centurions defeated Winchester Thurston in the boys WPIAL Class A championship game Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Westmoreland Senior Spotlight: Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ryan Reitler
Ryan Reitler

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Deer Lakes’ Madeline Boulos is a three-time All-WPIAL selection.
A-K Valley senior spotlight: Deer Lakes’ Madeline Boulos
Madeline Boulos

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Springdale’s Chris Mitchell moves the ball upfield against Aquinas Academy during a game on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, in Hampton.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports Oct. 11, 2021: Playoff berths on the line in boys soccer
October 10, 2021
The final week of section play in WPIAL soccer begins with a busy night on the boys soccer pitch.

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Yough boys soccer coach Dave Vilchek (right) talks to his team before a recent practice in Herminie.
Playoff-bound Yough boys soccer makes climb back to respectability
Spectators are surprised by what they’re seeing on Cougar Mountain this season: a Yough boys soccer team making a steep climb back to respectability.

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Luke Kolankowski and the Plum boys soccer team held at No. 3 in the Class 3A rankings.
WPIAL soccer rankings: Week of Oct. 11, 2021
Girls

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Moon goalkeeper Serayah Leech celebrates with Olivia Shaver after defeating Peters Twp. on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, at Moon Area High School. Moon won, 1-0.
WPIAL clinched for Oct. 10, 2021: Girls soccer
Section play in the 2021 WPIAL girls soccer regular season has one week left. The top four teams in each section qualify for the district playoffs. All teams tied for a playoff spot in which head-to-head does not break the tie all qualify for the postseason.

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Penn Hills boys soccer team avenges losses to stay in playoff hunt
Results haven’t changed Penn Hills boys soccer coach Ryan Hankey’s message.

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The Jeannette boys soccer team is headed to the WPIAL playoffs for the first time in its 24-year history.
Playoff-bound Jeannette boys soccer setting new standards for program
October 9, 2021
When Art Cicero was offered the Jeannette boys soccer job in 2018, the Jayhawks were coming off a 1-16-1 season and facing another rebuild.

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Norwin’s Poloma Swankler battles Latrobe’s Ava Lorenzi for possession during their game on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, at Norwin High School.
Norwin girls soccer battling injuries, tough section slate
With the number of injuries and player rotations Norwin has had this season, you might expect the Knights to be struggling to stay in the playoff race.

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