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No. 1 Norwin vs No. 4 Fox Chapel – 5 p.m. at Mars
This is a great match up filled with many Division I-bound players.  Norwin will look to return to the WPIAL finals, while Fox Chapel, who upset Canon McMillan last year in the quarterfinals, will look for the upset.
No. 2 Canon-McMillan vs No. 11 Mt. Lebanon – 5 p.m. at Baldwin
Mt. Lebanon have pulled off impressive three-goal outputs in each of the first two playoff wins over higher seeded teams (Plum and Penn-Trafford), while Canon-Mac, who like Norwin, are unbeaten, will have to get past a section rival that they beat twice this season to make it to the WPIAL Final next week at Highmark Stadium.


No. 1 Moon vs No. 12 Ambridge – 4 p.m. at West Allegheny
Moon edged Thomas Jefferson 2-1 on Thursday, while the Bridgers have been the surprise team of the WPIAL girls tournaments, knocking off Franklin Regional, then defending Class AA champs Mars on Wednesday.
No. 2 South Park vs No. 6 Montour – 5 p.m. at Peters Twp
South Park will look to return to the WPIAL finals for the second straight season, while Montour, the 2014 WPIAL champs, are looking strong after a 5-0 win over South Fayette on Thursday.


No 1 Freedom vs No. 4 Highlands – 5 p.m. at North Allegheny 
Freedom girls, unlike the boys, are not a surprise here, as they’ve advanced on Thursday after a first round bye, with a narrow 1-0 win over a pesky Avonworth team.  They will now take on one of the hottest teams in the WPIAL, Highlands, who squeaked out a 1-0 win over Valley in the quarters.
No. 2 Freeport vs No. 3 Waynesburg – 4 p.m. at Elizabeth Forward
Freeport made its first playoff appearance since 2009, with an impressive 3-0 win over a young, but talented Yough team.  Now they will take on the undefeated Waynesburg girls who’ve won its first playoff game in school history with a 1-0 win over Charleroi.


No. 1 Greensburg Central Catholic vs  No 4 Vincentian – 2 p.m. at Elizabeth Forward 
GCC continue to roll on — as Bailey Cartwright has scored seven goals in two easy victories in the first two rounds.   Vincentian may be a confident bunch heading into this one, as they are coming off a 4-1 win vs OLSH.
No. 2 Bentworth vs No. 3 Shady Side Academy – 1 p.m. at Peters Twp.
Bentworth has shown that 17-1 regular season was no fluke, as they’ve racked up wins vs North Cathlolic and South Side Beaver.  Shady Side have been looking every bit as a team that might be the best to challenge GCC’s supremacy in 1A, beating Carlynton and Bishop Canevin by a combined score of 13-0.
3RD PLACE/PIAA Play-In Games – Wednesday, Nov. 2
WPIAL FINALS – Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3-5 – Highmark Stadium
PIAA Playoffs – Nov. 8-19
Girls Quarterfinals Scoreboard (10/27)
Boys Quarterfinals Scoreboard (10/26)
Williams Cherishes Freedom’s Upset of Greensburg CC (10/26) 
Pine-Richland Stuns Penn-Trafford as Marsh Nets Hat Trick (10/26) 
Girls Round of 16 Recaps/Scoreboard (10/24)
Boys Round of 16 Recaps/Scoreboard (10/22)

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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