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WPIAL soccer: Capturing thrills, agony of TJ-Ringgold quarterfinal

Thursday night provided more thrilling moments in the WPIAL boys playoffs, as the quarterfinal rounds saw some teams inch one game closer to the WPIAL Finals, but also qualifying for the PIAA playoffs that begin November 6.

RELATED: FINAL SCOREBOARD – WPIAL boys soccer quarterfinals

One of Thursday’s best games featured a back-and-forth affair between Thomas Jefferson and Ringgold.

Our roving photographer, Ed Thompson, was there to capture some of the game’s biggest moments.

The teams, who met in the season opener when TJ won 2-1, battled to a scoreless first half on Thursday evening at Peters Township.


A.J. Meshanko opened the scoring just over 10 minutes into the second half to take a 1-0 lead.



Ringgold tied the match with 17:02 to play as Jake Gorman scored off of a pass from Eli Schoedel to give the Rams life.


Less than five minutes after the Ringgold equalizer, Jeremy Marshall collected a loose ball in the box and found the back of the net for the game-winning goal, putting TJ ahead 2-1 with 12:24 remaining.

Ed captured the emotions of both sides following what would be the game-winning goal.


Thomas Jefferson moves on to the WPIAL boys 3A semifinal match-up vs the top seed, Franklin Regional on Monday (site and times to be announced).


Here are all of the WPIAL Boys semifinal matches that will be played on Monday.


SEMIFINAL MATCH-UPS – Monday, October 29 (Sites and times TBA)


Upper St. vs Norwin

Seneca Valley vs Canon-Mac


West Allegheny vs Mars

Thomas Jefferson vs Franklin Regional


Quaker Valley vs Charleroi

Shady Side Academy vs Deer Lakes


Seton-LaSalle vs Greensburg Central Catholic

Springdale vs Avonworth

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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