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PIAA Semifinals: Mars girls cruise 5-1, to advance to Hershey; Franklin Regional’s run ends

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With weather playing a factor, the PIAA semifinal schedule was reduced to two WPIAL schools in action on Tuesday evening: Mars girls and Franklin Regional boys in their respective Class 3A match-ups.

The other matches originally scheduled for Tuesday with WPIAL teams, will now be played at Hampton and Slippery Rock on Wednesday. See below for previews for those matches.

We have the latest updates below:

Boys Class 3A

FINAL:  Lower Dauphin 2, Franklin Regional 0  (at Mansion Park Stadium, Altoona)


It’s now a final. For the first time since last year’s PIAA final, Franklin Regional loses, 2-0 to Lower Dauphin. It was also the first time the Panthers have been shut out in 35 straight games.

It was a remarkable run for Franklin Regional this season (17 shutouts, 8 goals allowed).

The WPIAL champs 2019 campaign ends with a 21-1-1 overall record.

The winner will take on the winner of Strath Haven vs Archbishop Wood on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Hershey.

Girls Class 3A

FINAL:  Mars 5, Archbishop Wood 1, (at Bald Eagle)

It’s a return to the PIAA finals for Mars, as they won big. Leading the Planets included Taylor Hamlett with a hat trick, plus Aly Cooper and Gracie Dunaway each scored goals. Assists came from Samantha King with two and Ellie Coffield and Erin Rodgers each with an assist.


Wednesday’s PIAA semifinals previews 

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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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