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.
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