WPIAL Class 3A Boys Soccer (31 teams)
Defending champs: Franklin Regional
Can anyone knock off Franklin Regional?
Not only do the Panthers return 34-goal scorer Anthony DiFalco, a junior, but they return a host of players who were part of a team that has won back-to-back WPIAL titles and made a run to the PIAA semifinal in 2019.
Still, what Franklin Regional has done in 3A is pretty remarkable considering the competition and how deep and talented this classification has become in recent years. This classification has the most teams (31), and numerous quality programs including Mars in Section 1, then a group of death in Section 2, with the likes of recent WPIAL championship winning schools that include South Fayette, West Allegheny and Chartiers Valley and last year’s section champs, Moon.
A year ago, Plum had an outstanding season in 4A, winning a section title, but now they have to contend with being in the same section as Franklin Regional.
PSN FEATURED MATCH: We’re looking forward to bringing our second featured match of the season, in week two, for our Game of the Week, on Monday, September 21, when Plum hosts Franklin Regional in the first of their two section showdowns this season.
Belle Vernon may see a challenge from Trinity this year in Section 3, especially if they can’t find a way to corral Elijiah Cincinnati, who scored 37 goals last year.
Another thing that remains up in the air, is what the WPIAL playoff format will look like. The season is scheduled to be completed by October 19. The original playoff format would have seen the Finals being played at Highmark Stadium Thursday, October 29 through Saturday, October 31, but that’s up in the air at the moment.
Here’s a deeper look at the 3A breakdown by section following realignment. (Bold: 2019 Section Champions; ^ moved up in classification)
- Freeport ^
- Beaver Area
- Central Valley ^
- Chartiers Valley
- South Fayette
- West Allegheny
- Albert Gallitan
- Belle Vernon
- Greensburg Salem
- Laurel Highlands
- Thomas Jefferson
- Uniontown (not competing in section play this year)
- Franklin Regional
- Obama Academy
- Penn Hills
- West Mifflin
- Woodland Hills
Here’s our predictions for this year’s section champions in 4A Boys Soccer:
2020 Section Champions Predictions:
Mars, Blackhawk, Belle Vernon, Franklin Regional
Players to Watch
Elijah Cincinnati, Trinity
Anthony DiFalco, Franklin Regional
Chad Eldridge, South Fayette
D.D. Flowers, Plum
Cole Kaforey, Franklin Regional
Gabe Norris, Highlands
Ethan Sanders, South Fayette
Daniel Sassack, Belle Vernon
Jaxson Ervin – West Allegheny
RJ Stetz – Montour