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Boys #WPIAL Playoffs: Close Calls For Some Top Seeds in Rd of 16


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The round of 16 for each of the WPIAL four boys soccer classifications were played on Saturday with some close calls for some highly ranked teams (4A top seed Seneca Valley needed a late goal for 2-1 win, defending PIAA Champs Sewickley Academy were pushed to 2OTs) in some surprisingly close contests, but for the most part a lot of the results still went according to seeding.
Below are some game recaps and/or scores — along with the listing of the upcoming quarterfinal matches — all to be played on Wednesday evening.


Seneca Valley 2  Kiski 1
Coming into the playoffs, top seeded Seneca Valley had only surrendered two goals all season.  But last year’s Cinderella team, Kiski Area, proved to be a tougher out than expected for the Raiders, the 2015 PIAA runner up.   It took a late goal in the 76th minute by Matt Happ to break a 1-1 contest.  Seneca will now face Canon McMillan.
Peters Twp 1 Central Catholic 0  (2OT) 
The second-seeded team in 4A also needed a very late goal — in the second period of overtime – from Rex Hueller in the 94th minute to push forward the 4A-Section 2 champs to the quarterfinal round.
Canon McMillan 1  Plum 0 
In a match which Plum controlled possession and had more shots on goal, it was Canon Mac that broke the scoreless game in the late stages, as Nathan Cathall scored in the 70th minute.
Allderdice 3 North Hills 0 Jesse Weisbord had two goals to lead the Dragons to the WPIAL quarterfinals for the second consecutive year.
Upper St. Clair 1  Franklin Regional 0 – In a tightly contested match, Tommy Davidson scored a header from a Jack Gordley cross in the game’s lone goal.
Penn Trafford 5 Bethel Park 0Trevor Momeyer and Joe Salesi each scored twice to lead the Warriors to an easy victory over Bethel Park.
North Alleghey 2  Fox Chapel 1 (OT) – The Tigers won it in extra time, as Sam Buirge scored to knock out last year’s WPIAL runner up Foxes.
Pine Richland 5  Norwin 0 – The Rams won its first playoff game in four years as they stormed out to an early 3-0 lead early in the first half in shutting out the Knights.
4A QUARTERFINAL ROUND (Wed. Oct. 26 – times and sites TBA) 

  • Seneca Valley vs Canon McMillan
  • Pine Richland vs Penn Trafford
  • Allderdice vs Upper St. Clair
  • Peters Twp vs North Allegheny

Class 3A

West Allegheny 3  Belle Vernon 0  – The Indians knocked off a fourth seeded, Section 3 champs Belle Vernon in comfortable fashion as Steven Abbott, Evan Blunkosky and Nathan Dragiscich scored in the upset win.
Chartiers Valley 3  Knoch 0 – Sean Tinney scored a hat-trick to lead CV as he received passes from Josh DiMatteo on all three goals.
Thomas Jefferson 0   Blackhawk 0 (TJ wins Shootout 9-8) – Section 2 champions, Thomas Jefferson needed to go the distance, and then nine kicks into shootout before finally outlasting 15th seed Blackhawk.
Moon 2 South Fayette 1 – Moon rallied to knock off the defending WPIAL (AA) champs as Nick Trella scored the go-ahead goal in the 68th minute.
Mars 5  Ringgold 1 
Laurel Highlands 2   Greensburg Salem 0
Montour 10  Trinity 0 
Hampton 2   Gateway 1
3A Quarterfinal Round (Wed. Oct. 26 – sites/times TBA) 

  • Moon vs Mars
  • Montour vs Hampton
  • West Allegheny vs Chartiers Valley
  • Thomas Jefferson vs Laurel Highlands


Beaver Area 3  Freeport 2 –  In maybe the day’s biggest upset, No. 3 seed Freeport (14-3) took a 2-0 lead into halftime, but No. 14 Beaver (8-9-1) scored three unanswered goals after the break to upset the Section 2-champion Yellowjackets in a first-round playoff game at Mars.

Bryce Hanby had both goals for Freeport, with Robbie Reichenbaugh and Stevie Teorsky lending assists. Freeport goalkeeper Austin Uric made 12 saves.

Waynesburg 2  Mt. Pleasant 0 -it was the first-ever WPIAL playoff win for Waynesburg Central!

South Park 5  Yough 0  
Riverside 3  Obama Academy 2  
Central Valley 7  Elizabeth Forward 0 
Shady Side Academy 5  Southmoreland 0 
Deer Lakes 2  Charleroi 1
Quaker Valley 5  East Allegheny 1 
2A QUARTERFINALS (Wed. Oct. 26 – Sites/times TBA) 

  • South Park vs Deer Lakes
  • Waynesburg vs Shady Side Academy
  • Quaker Valley vs Central Valley
  • Riverside vs Beaver


Sewickley Academy 3  Serra Catholic 2 (2OT) Tommy Lasorda‘s goal in the first minute of the 2nd overtime period, helped the defending PIAA Champs Sewickley escape a major first-round upset against 14th seed Serra Catholic.
Freedom 3   Springdale 2 (2OT) -Freedom had a Carson Gilarno penalty kick stopped in the second OT, but Joey Pail was right there to put the rebound in to give the Bulldogs its first WPIAL playoff win since 2009.
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic 3  Brentwood 0
Seton LaSalle 2  OLSH 0 – top seeded Rebels found themselves in a scoreless draw at halftime, but responded with goals early in the 2nd half by Chris Stack and Mike Allen.
Eden Christian 3  St. Joseph 1 

Aquinas Academy 5  Quigley Catholic 1  
Greensburg Central Cathloic 5  Bishop Canevin 1  
Bentworth 2  Trinity Christian 1  
1A QUARTERFINALS (Wed. Oct. 26 – Sites/times TBA)

  • Seton LaSalle vs Aquinas Academy
  • North Catholic vs Eden Christian
  • Greensburg Central Catholic vs Freedom
  • Sewickley Academy vs Bentworth


John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. 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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