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Seneca Valley stuns Peters to seize WPIAL title in OT

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WPIAL Girls 4A Soccer Final

Seneca Valley 2, Peters Township 1


Seneca Valley girls soccer team never stopped battling — winning the WPIAL Girls Class 4A title by tying it with just three seconds remaining, then getting the game-winner just moments later at the beginning of the first overtime to turn back Peters Township, 2-1 at Highmark Stadium on Saturday afternoon.


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As the match entered the final minute, Seneca Valley was awarded a free kick on the edge of the box from a handball call on Peters Township.

The clock was ticking away.

They didn’t even get the courtesy of the clock being stopped. They had work quickly, but keep composed enough in their very last chance to tie the match.

Sophomore forward Breana Valentovish sent her shot through Peters Twp wall, as it may have nicked a defender, then the ball found it to the back of the net.

They never lost the momentum.

Only a few minutes later, less than two minutes into the overtime period, the Raiders lined up for a corner kick that would be taken by Mia Zec.

Senior forward Lauren Sileo crashed the net hard, getting to the ball first within a few feet of the goal line. She smashed the ball down with her face, and into the back of the net for the game-winner.

“It hit my face, and hurt for a little bit, bit I didn’t care,” Sileo said. “It’s been a dream of mine to win a WPIAL championship here (at Highmark Stadium), and we did it!



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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