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FINAL SCOREBOARD: WPIAL girls soccer semifinals

File Photo courtesy of David Hague

Welcome to the WPIAL girls soccer semifinal live blog.

We had a team of contributors out at both Canon McMillan and Moon to cover four of the eight matches.

Ed Rosensteel was at Canon-Mac, covering the double header that included Shady Side Academy beating Bentworth, 5-1 to reach the 1A final yet again, plus top-ranked Mars getting just enough to beat a pesky Belle Vernon, 2-0 in the later match.

UPDATE: Here’s Ed’s recap from SSA’s 5-1 win vs Bentworth (1A) 

Second half surge fueled by Davis’ hat trick lifts Shady Side to another WPIAL finals appearance

UPDATE: Recap from Mars-Belle Vernon:

Mars shakes off pesky Belle Vernon to reach WPIAL final

Our newest contributor, Matt Popchock, was at Moon, where he covered the doubleheader there.

In the 2A showdown between North Catholic and defending WPIAL champions, South Park, the Trojans dominated — winning 4-0.

In the nightcap Peters Township and North Allegheny battle to a full 110 minutes to end in 1-1 draw — with NA winning on penalty kicks (4-2) in the  4A showdown.

David Hague was back helping us tonight with photos from both matches at Moon.

Below are all of the results from Monday.


2019 Girls Soccer 4-A Bracket

FINAL: Norwin 1, Seneca Valley 0

FINAL: North Allegheny 1, Peters Twp 1 2OT – NA WINS 4-2 IN PK’s!

It will be fourth time in five years Norwin will play for the title at Highmark Stadium — as they’ll take on North Allegheny on Thursday night at 6 p.m.

NA defeated Peters Township in a penalty kick shootout after the match ended deadlocked, 1-1. Defending champion SV are done at 13-4-2 and last year’s runner-up, Peters season is over too. There is no PIAA play-in game for WPIAL girls teams in 4A.

2019 Girls Soccer 3-A Bracket

FINAL  Mars 2, Belle Vernon 0

FINAL: Plum 1, West Allegheny 0

It will be a 1v2 seed showdown in girls 3A.

Despite Belle Vernon’s GK Grace Henderson standing tall and with double digit saves, Mars converted on a couple chances in a match they dominated. Pitt commit Ellie Coffield caught Henderson leaning the wrong way with seven minutes left in the first half. Goal assisted by Taylor Hamlett. The Fighting Planets doubled its lead when Hamlett was on the receiving end of corner from Anna Kurpakus.

In a tight, hard-fought contest with less than 5 minutes left Plum’s Marissa Liberto was in the right place at the right time to pounce on a loose ball in the box, and drive it into back of the net. From there, Plum held on to the 1-0 lead.

2019 Girls Soccer 2-A Bracket

FINAL    Yough 3, Freeport 0

FINAL    North Catholic 4, South Park 0

This is the first time Yough and North Catholic will be each playing in a WPIAL final. Yough scored on its first shot of the game in the second minute, as Justine Appolonia went coast-to-coast, crossed it to McKenzie Pritts, who finished with a one-time shot into the back of the net. Natalie Vilcheck drilled a shot from 25 yards early in the second half to give Yough the two-goal lead. The Cougars would add another one — again from the combination of Appolona and Pritts in the 64th minute. Pritts now has 25 goals this season.

2019 Girls Soccer 1-A Bracket

FINAL:   Shady Side Academy 5, Bentworth 1

FINAL:  Greensburg Central Catholic 4, Freedom 3, OT

Shady Side will meet Greensburg Central in the 1A final for sixth time this decade, and for the ninth time in the past 10 years of WPIAL Girls 1A soccer, one of these two schools will be champions. GCC has won five WPIAL titles in this span, while SSA has won three. Last year was the exception, when Freedom beat Bentworth in the final.

A few pictures from North Catholic’s win from David Hague. We’ll have more in Matt Popchock’s game recap.

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Going to PENALTIES at Moon for North Allegheny and Peters!

Another final — and Norwin Knights are back in the WPIAL 4A finals.  Norwin beats Seneca Valley, 1-0.

A final from Canon-Mac…

Mars is back in the 3A finals.

Apparently 80 minutes isn’t enough to settle things between Peters and NA.

In 3A:

The other 4A contest is tight too —

Norwin 1 Seneca Valley 0, 29:44 2nd Half Katelyn Kauffman gets the Knights on the board.

NA and Peters in a battle!

8:45 – we finally have a goal — as Mars strikes to take lead on Belle Vernon!


7:52 – all early scores are now final!

Greensburg Central Catholic girls join the boys in WPIAL soccer finals at Highmark — beating No. 1 ranked Freedom in OT, 4-3.

7:45 – Greensburg Central and Freedom are in OT tied 3-3.

Another final coming in…

2A girls: Yough 3, Freeport 0.

7:25 – Both North Catholic (up 3-0 on South Park) and Shady Side Academy (4-1 vs Bentworth) pulling away in the second half of their respective matches in 1A and 2A.

7:15 – Melissa Riggin’s with the brace for Shady Side Academy and the 3-1 lead with 19′ minutes left in the 2nd half.


Shady Side Academy ties it up! Callie Davis gets the goal dancing in the box with her back on goal and turns and finishes. Assisted by Melissa Riggins

GOAL 14′ l  BENTWORTH! #21 Jocelyn Timlin assisted by #14 Paige Marshalek.

1A – Bentworth 1 Shady Side Academy 0


Yough with a goal on its first shot of the game vs Freeport (2A) just 1:46 in as Justine Appolonia goes coast to coast and crosses to McKenzie Pritts, who one-times a shot into the back of the net. Yough 1, Freeport 0





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