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Trips To Hershey On Line For 10 #WPIAL Boys/Girls Soccer Teams on Tues

moon-vs-montourThe long high school soccer season comes down to this week for the teams remaining in the hunt for PIAA championship.
Below is the full schedule– along with some brief previews of each match-up for each of the ten remaining WPIAL teams.   Eight of the 10 teams will be facing off against each other — and I will be on site for two of those games (covering rematch of Girls 3A Final between Moon/Montour for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review).   Three of these are rematches of WPIAL Finals played at Highmark Stadium, and the other, is the first playoff game between two long-standing Boys 1A periennial contenders in the past four years — Seton-LaSalle and Sewickley Academy.


Semifinals (Tues. Nov. 15)

  • WC Henderson vs Elizabethtown – at Exeter Twp, Reading  6 p.m.
  • *North Allegheny vs Conestoga – at Chambersburg  6 p.m. 

    Sean Atwater and North Allegheny boys are one win away from playing in PIAA Final

Here’s Josh Rizzo’s look at NA Boys in advance of tonight’s match-up in Chambersburg…

North Allegheny boys at their best in overtime victories

Final (Sat. Nov. 19) – Hershey, PA – 6:30 p.m. 


Semifinals (Tues. Nov. 15)

  • Lewisburg vs Lansdale Catholic – at Hamburg   7 p.m.
  • *Quaker Valley vs Shady Side Academy – at Mars   8 p.m.

Here’s a Trib Feature about QV’s Landon Grant leading up to the rematch of the WPIAL 2A Boys Final rematch, which Quaker Valley won 2-1 on Nov. 5.
Shady Side has never made it to a PIAA final, while Quaker Valley has won the PIAA four times, but it’s been 20 years since its last state title win (1996).
In the first match, Quaker Valley were the better side for much of the first half, and into the second half capitalizing on two goals on balls in the box from set pieces. Shady Side battled to cut a two-goal deficit in half to make things interesting with an Eric Zhang goal with 12 minutes remaining, but the Quakers held on for its 8th WPIAL title.

Quaker Valley’s Landon Grant

Final (Sat. Nov. 19) – Hershey, PA – 1:30 p.m. 


Semifinals (Tues. Nov. 15)

  • Camp Hill vs Kutztown – at Lebanon   5 p.m.
  • *Sewickley Academy vs Seton LaSalle – at North Allegheny  8 p.m.

Here’s my feature in today’s Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on this match-up…

WPIAL programs with hefty title tradition to face off in PIAA semifinals

Final (Fri. Nov. 18) – Hershey, PA – 1:30 p.m. 



Semifinals (Tues. Nov. 15)

  • *Canon-McMillan vs Cumberland Valley – at Altoona (Mansion Park Stadium)  6 p.m.

Canon-Mac girls got some redemption of its only loss of the season in the WPIAL Finals to Norwin, with a 3-1 win in the Quarterfinals in the rematch on Saturday.  Now they will have to travel to Altoona to take on Cumberland Valley.  While Big Mac’s Aideen O’Donoghue,  announced that she was committing to University of Pittsburgh last week, it was Hofstra recruit Sabrina Bryan who scored two goals in the win.
Cumberland Valley, District 3 Champions, have posted consecutive shutouts (beating Downingtown East, 3-0 and Pennridge 1-0) en route to the PIAA Semifinal.

  • CB South vs Manheim Twp – at Royersford   7 p.m.

Final (Sat. Nov. 19) – Hershey, PA – 4 p.m. 


Semifinals (Tues. Nov. 15)

  • Villa Jos Marie vs Fleetwood – at Royersford   5 p.m.
  • *Moon (23-1) vs Montour (18-3-3) – at North Allegheny   6 p.m.


This will be the fourth meeting of the year between these two neighboring section rivals who know each other pretty well.  In fact, many of these girls have been playing with and against each other since they began playing soccer.   Moon Head Coach Bill Pfeifer has two outstanding scoring threats, Delaney Snyder and
Moon has won all three meetings, but it seems as if each contest has gotten closer and closer.  Montour Head Coach Lee Coughenour and his team are hoping that the fourth time will be a charm.
In the WPIAL Final, Delaney Snyder‘s assist on Emily Orr goal was the difference as the Tigers won their first district title since 2004.   The Spartans back line was up to the task for much of that last match, playing physical and slowing down the Moon attack for much of the night.
I will be covering this match — and you can follow me on twitter @pghsoccerscribe for updates.
Final (Fri. Nov. 18) – Hershey, PA   4 p.m.  


Semifinals (Tues. Nov. 15)

  • Greensburg Central Catholic vs *Shady Side Academy – at Mars  6 p.m.

Here’s Trib’s Bill Beckner’s feature on this WPIAL finals rematch:


  • Fairfield vs Warrior Run – at Fairfield   7 p.m.

Final (Fri. Nov. 18) – Hershey, PA  –  11 a.m. 

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).

Riverhounds MF Danny Griffin

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