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PIAA SOCCER QUARTERFINALS: Up and Down Saturday For WPIAL

Greensburg Central Catholic girls lost for the first time against a Class A opponent since 2012. (Photo Courtesy Christopher Horner, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Greensburg Central Catholic girls lost for the first time against a Class A opponent since 2012. (Photo Courtesy Christopher Horner, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)


It was an up-and-down Saturday for remaining WPIAL teams.
For the second time in five days, I trekked to Central Pennsylvania to Chambersburg for PIAA soccer playoff action.
While a 3-hour drive, it provided a first-class facility and a spectacular view of the Appalachian Mountains.

Saturday’s results wasn’t as good for the Fox Chapel boys, losing a very well-played game to Springfield Delco, 2-1.
Here’s my complete game story for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
On the girls side, I had a chance to see the Norwin girls continue on, rolling past Downingtown West in convincing fashion, 3-0, as Lexi Kolano’s two goals and assist helped the Knights cruise to their 24th win without a loss.
Here’s my post-game interview with Norwin’s head coach Lauren Czabor.

Norwin will meet Upper St. Clair, who defeated Central Bucks South, 2-1, in what Panthers Head Coach Dave Gray called “a bizarre game” that was decided on a bad bounce, from a long throw-in, resulting in an own goal with less than two minutes left in the second overtime.
Gray described his team’s 2-1 win that was decided on an own goal in the second overtime one word.
“Perseverance,” said Gray.
“It was a bizarre game. Lots of ups and downs. In the end, we found a wayl
The complete rundown of WPIAL teams’ results can be found below, as among the most notable — Greensburg Central Catholic girls lost their first Class A game since 2013, falling to Karns City 3-2.
In head-to-head action between WPIAL teams, Seneca Valley boys avenged an earlier loss in WPIAL semifinals to beat Canon-McMillan 1-0, in Class AAA.
The complete scoreboard of WPIAL results are below:
BOYS
Class AAA
Seneca Valley 1 Canon McMillan 0
Springfield Delco 2  Fox Chapel 1
Class AA
Susquehannock 1  South Fayette 0
South Park 2 Mars 0
Class A
Bishop McCort 2 Seton LaSalle 1
Sewickley Academy 4 Mercyhurst Prep 3
GIRLS
Class AAA
Upper St. Clair  2 Central Bucks South 1 (2OT)
Norwin 3  Downingtown West 0
Class AA
Villa Maria (Erie) 2. South Park 1
Class A
Loyalsock Township 1. Charleroi 0
Karns City 3  Greensburg Central Catholic 0

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets including Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, and more. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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Jim Wexell
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Love your work, John. Minor correction: Norwin goals by Harrigan, Kendro (PK), Kolano. Player of game may have been Norwin centerback Jess Boytim. And what does “this video is private” mean? I can’t get the coach’s interview to play. Thanks again for your work.

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