Soccer

Moon head coach Billy Pfeifer celebrates with goalkeeper Serayah Leech after defeating Seneca Valley, 4-0, in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, at Highmark Stadium.
Moon’s Bill Pfeifer named national girls soccer coach of the year
January 16, 2023
Moon had a girls soccer season to remember in the fall.

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Quaker Valley’s Nick Allan celebrates his first goal against Sewickley Academy on Oct. 4, 2022 at Chuck Knox Stadium in Leetsdale. QV won, 3-1.
Quaker Valley, Sewickley Academy soccer standouts pick up postseason honors
January 15, 2023
Four Quaker Valley athletes were named Section 4-2A boys soccer all-stars in 2022, led by player of the year Nick Allan, a junior defensive specialist.

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Moon’s Sydney Felton works past Mars’ Gwen Howell during their PIAA Class 3A state semifinal on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, at North Allegheny.
2022 WPIAL girls soccer all-section teams
December 26, 2022
WPIAL girls soccer coaches have announced their selections for the 2022 all-section teams:

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Seneca Valley’s Beaux Lizewski (17) battles Fox Chapel’s George Tabor for possession during their game on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022, in Jackson.
2022 WPIAL boys soccer all-section teams
December 25, 2022
WPIAL boys soccer coaches have announced their selections for the 2022 Finest 15 all-section teams, as well as section players and coaches of the year:

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Moon’s Hailey Longwell works against Plum’s Kemyll Walker during their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal Nov. 1.
Moon’s Hailey Longwell headlines Trib HSSN Girls Fab 15 Soccer Team
December 3, 2022
Hailey Longwell had nothing to lose this season.

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Seneca Valley’s Beaux Lizewski (17) battles Fox Chapel’s George Tabor for possession during their game Aug. 30.
Seneca Valley’s Beau Lizewski leads Trib HSSN Boys Fab 15 Soccer Team
When Seneca Valley needed to break down a back line, funnel possession to the midfield or counter an attack, the Raiders knew who get the soccer ball to.

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Kiski Area senior Maxine Crosby
A-K Valley Senior Spotlight: Kiski Area’s Maxine Crosby
November 22, 2022
It’s around the time of year when athletes are signing their national letters of intent, and when it came time for Kiski Area senior Maxine Crosby to put pen to paper, she signed to play soccer at Edinboro.

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Plum’s Annabel Arhin works against Moon’s Gabby Larson during their PIAA Class 3A state quarterfinal on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, at Peters Twp.
After 4 years of success, Plum senior soccer players cap careers in PIAA playoffs
November 20, 2022
Only one team had scored a goal against the Moon girls soccer team before the Tigers faced Plum in a PIAA Class 3A quarterfinal Nov. 12 at Peters Township’s Confluence Financial Partners Stadium.

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The Moon girls soccer team celebrates with the state championship trophy after defeating Upper Perkiomen in the PIAA Class 3A final on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, at Cumberland Valley.
Moon girls claim 2nd straight state title with thrilling comeback victory
November 18, 2022
MECHANICSBURG – There may have been easier ways for Moon to take another girls soccer state championship, but few more dramatic.

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Winchester Thurston’s Thomas Gordon battles Moravian Academy’s Trey Sheeler for possession during the PIAA Class A boys state championship game on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, at Cumberland Valley.
Moravian Academy stops Winchester Thurston’s bid to repeat as PIAA Class A soccer champ
MECHANICSBURG – Winchester Thurston’s drive to a second straight boys soccer state championship came up just barely short Friday afternoon, as the Bears fell to Moravian Academy, 2-1, in double overtime in the PIAA Class A final.

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Freedom’s Julia Mohrbacher hugs Shaye Bailey after time expired in the PIAA Class A girls state championship game against Southern Columbia on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, at Cumberland Valley.
Southern Columbia tops Freedom in PIAA Class A girls soccer championship
MECHANICSBURG — Entering halftime of the PIAA Class A girls soccer final, Freedom was down but hardly out.

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Winchester Thurston’s Alex Hauskrecht
High school roundup for Nov. 16, 2022: Seneca Valley, Winchester Thurston make state finals
November 16, 2022
Seneca Valley avenged its loss in last year’s PIAA finals and earned a berth in the state championship game for the third straight year with a 2-0 victory over Conestoga in the Class 4A semifinals Wednesday night in Chambersburg.

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Eagle View Middle School Field in Mechanicsburg will host the PIAA boys and girls soccer championships.
Get to know the new site of the PIAA soccer championships
The PIAA soccer championships will move to a new venue this year with eight title games set for Friday and Saturday at Eagle View Middle School’s Bobby Rahal Toyota Field on the campus of Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsburg.

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Riverview junior Lola Abraham has given a verbal commitment to join the women’s soccer team at the University of Pittsburgh.
Pitt’s the pick for Riverview scoring sensation Lola Abraham
Riverview junior Lola Abraham has put together an impressive resume of on-field soccer results the past several years with her Pittsburgh Riverhounds Academy club and with her high school teammates.

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Plum senior Ben Pittman
A-K Valley Senior Spotlight: Plum’s Ben Pittman
November 14, 2022
The Plum boys soccer team has had a lot of success this season, winning a section title and punching a ticket to the PIAA tournament for the first time in 17 years.

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Leah Jones and her Greensburg Central Catholic teammates get another shot at Freedom after losing to the Bulldogs in the WPIAL semifinals.
Greensburg Central Catholic girls have shot at playoff revenge
November 13, 2022
Another day, another rematch for Greensburg Central Catholic in the state soccer playoffs.

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Plum’s Ethan Rose works against Franklin Regional’s Danny Christafano during their game on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, at Plum High School.
After capturing 4 section titles, Plum seniors cap high school careers in PIAA playoffs
For the first time in 17 years, the Plum varsity boys soccer team played in a PIAA tournament game.

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Gateway seniors Madi Jesih (Robert Morris University women’s soccer), Marina Grado (Washington & Jefferson women’s basketball) and Emily Mannion (Clarion University women’s soccer) were celebrated at a ceremony marking college signing day Nov. 9, 2022, at Gateway High School.
Gateway’s Madi Jesih ready to continue soccer career at Robert Morris
Madi Jesih dreamed for many years of an opportunity in soccer beyond high school.

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Seneca Valley’s Will Bruno celebrates after Connor Oros scored against North Allegheny on Sept. 20.
High school roundup for Nov. 12, 2022: Seneca Valley boys soccer earns state finals rematch
November 12, 2022
Will Bruno scored twice to lead Seneca Valley to a 3-0 victory over Spring-Ford (15-5-4) in the PIAA Class 4A boys soccer quarterfinals Saturday, setting up a rematch of last year’s state championship game.

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Moon’s Hailey Longwell celebrates her first goal with teammates during their PIAA Class 3A state quarterfinal against Plum on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, at Peters Twp.
Hailey Longwell’s hat trick lifts Moon past Plum, sets up rematch with Mars
In rainy and chilly conditions at Peters Township, Moon put a damper on Plum’s attempt to unseat the undefeated Tigers in a PIAA Class 3A girls soccer quarterfinal Saturday afternoon.

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