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#PIAA 3A Girls Final Preview: Moon Face 9-Time Champs Villa Joseph Marie

Girls PIAA 3A Soccer Final

Moon Tigers (24-1, WPIAL Champions) vs Villa Joseph Marie Jems (21-1-1)
Friday, November 18 – 4 p.m. – Hersheypark Stadium
Broadcast – PCN-TV (click here for Cable TV schedule and live streaming information)


Moon beat Montour four times this year, and will face Villa Joseph Marie in the Girls 3A final on Friday at 4 p.m. (Photo Courtesy Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

The Moon girls soccer team has been a juggernaut this season, rolling through all competition at the 3A level (only loss was 3-0 loss to 4A Seneca Valley).
But, one more hurdle remains for the Tigers.
Villa Joseph Marie have been a program that has made regular appearances in the PIAA Girls Double-A final in recent years, and with PA high school soccer’s move to four classifications, they’ve emerged as Eastern PA’s top team once again.  This will be the third PIAA Finals appearance in a a row for the nine-time State titlist Jems, as they lost last year to District 10 Champs Villa Marie, but defeated Villa Marie in 2014.
The WPIAL Champion Tigers won its only PIAA (AA) title in 2012, with a 1-0 over Archbishop Wood, and previously made appearances under coach Bill Pfeifer in 2004 and 2006.

Moon advanced to the PIAA finals after completing a four-game season sweep of section rivals Montour, who they also beat twice in the regular season (2-0, 2-1), in the WPIAL Finals 1-0, and in the PIAA Semifinal, 1-0.
After the game, I caught up with Pfeifer…

One more win will also be a crowning achievement for a Moon team that boasts a talented attack featuring play-making forward Delaney Snyder (Miami – Ohio recruit), Emma Thomas and Emily Orr on the flank. After Snyder sent a low lining ball through the box in the PIAA semifinal, it was midfielder Mackenzie Sheldon who scored the game’s lone goal.
The Tigers have been equally tough to score goals on — giving up only 1 goal in the post season — on a Penalty Kick — and none in the run-of-play.
If you are unable to make it to Hershey, all PIAA games will be televised on PCN. Pittsburgh Soccer Report will be posting updates of all WPIAL team results on Friday and Saturday.  

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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