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WPIAL girls soccer semifinals set for Monday



Norwin 2, North Allegheny 0
Penn-Trafford 2, Upper St. Clair 1
Game recap – Lawrence scores game winner to lead Penn Trafford to first WPIAL final since 2003 



Mars vs South Park – 6 p.m. at West Allegheny
Moon vs Montour – 8 p.m. at West Allegheny


Freeport vs Waynesburg – 6 p.m. at Moon
Freedom vs Yough – 8 p.m. at Moon


Greensburg Central Catholic vs Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic – 6 p.m. at Hampton
Shady Side Academy vs Seton-LaSalle – 8 p.m. at Hampton

Freedom 3, Yough 0
Waynesburg 7, Freeport 0
10:18 p.m. – here’s my recap of Penn Trafford’s win — including video of interview with Head Coach Jackie Bartko.
10:15 p.m. — so all of the defending champs from 2016 are back in the finals in 2017:
Shady Side (1A), Freedom (2A), Moon (3A) and Norwin (4A).
And each will face a pretty tough challenge in repeat (or 3-peat in case of Norwin) bids.

10:06 p.m. – defending champions, Moon in 3A, also had little trouble tonight. As we’ll now have (throw in the interstellar jokes here) Moon vs Mars the final at Highmark Stadium.

10:04 p.m. – defending 1A champs — Shady Side rolls into the final for yet another match with section rivals — Greensburg Central Catholic.

9:35 p.m. – it’s over here at Fox Chapel — Norwin beats North Allegheny 2-0.
The Knights will be heading to Highmark Stadium to go for the three-peat — and they’ll have to do it against section rivals Penn Trafford, the only team that’s beaten them in WPIAL match in the past three years.
9:20 p.m. – with 11 minutes left here, Norwin carrying most of the play, but North Allegheny finding some room on the width — and have sent some crosses into the box, but Wexell’s been solid on all balls in air.
9 p.m. –  2A – halftime score: Freedom 2 Yough 0
Freedom goals scored by Chloe Keller and Lyndsee Monac
8:59 p.m. – Norwin taking command of this one — another goal early in the half.

8:43 p.m. – halftime here — pretty quiet final 30 minutes of the 1st half — and Norwin still holding on to 1-0 lead on strength of Emily Harrigan strike.
8:12 p.m. – Sam Wexell, Norwin’s keeper and Ohio University commit makes a dazzling save on a ball played quickly to near post.
8:05 p.m. – GOAL – Norwin scores just two minutes into match with North Allegheny. It was Emily Harrigan with a shot that NA keeper Olivia Ruppersburger.
7:45 p.m. – early game final scores:
3A – Mars 2, South Park 1
4A – Penn Trafford 2, Upper St. Clair
2A – Waynesburg 7, Freeport 0 — The Yellow Jackets make it to a WPIAL soccer final for the first time in school history.
1A – Greensburg Central Catholic 1, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic 0

7:34 p.m.Jordan Lawrence with the game winner for Penn Trafford — beating Upper St. Clair with a goal with one minute remaining in the match. PT’s Lauran Stovar took the ball all the way to the left side endline — cut back a nice pass to Mackenzie Aunkst at the top of the box. Aunkst had the presence of mind to play the ball to a wide open Lawrence by the far post who had all kinds of time to bury the clinical finish.
It ended a match that was played at a furious pace — after the Warriors tied it up at 1-1 in the 60th minute.
Penn Trafford will now await the winner of Norwin-North Allegheny.

7:12 p.m. –
Greensburg Central Catholic 1, CW North Catholic 0, 2nd Half. Alexa Schwerha breaks the deadlock!
6:45 p.m.
Halftime scores:
Waynesburg Central 3, Freeport 0
Upper St. Clair 1, Penn Trafford 0
6:05 p.m.  — a weather forecast for the evening — chilly but clear…

Monday’s girls WPIAL semifinal matches provide for some very interesting match-ups across all classifications.
I’ll be at Fox Chapel for the 4A games. You can follow along with my updates here in this live file or follow on Twitter @pghsoccerscribe

Girls schedule for the WPIAL/PIAA playoffs is as follows:

  • Semifinals: Monday, October 30
  • 3rd place / PIAA qualifying matches:  Wednesday, November 1
  • Finals: Thursday, November 2 – S
  • Saturday, November 4
  • PIAA Playoffs
    • First Round: Tuesday, November 7 (Regional Sites)
    • Quarterfinals: Saturday, Novermber 11 (Regional Sites)
    • Semi-Finals: Tuesday, November 14 (Regional Sites)
    • Championships: Friday, November 17 & Saturday, November 18 (Hersheypark Stadium)


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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