It’s the final week of the regular season so that means there are numerous matches with significant postseason implications and section titles at stake.
Among those, was our second Featured Game this week, as Matt Popchock and Ed Thompson were in Russelton to catch Deer Lakes vs Shady Side Academy.
UPDATE: The Lancers came away with 2-0 win, on the strength of Michael Sullivan’s brace. Look for Matt’s game recap along with Ed’s photos and our postgame interview with Deer Lakes’ Dan Yates.
FINAL@BoysLakes 2 @ssa_soccer 0
Michael Sullivan's brace leads the Lancers.
Look for more postgame reaction, recap from @PopchockSays + more of @ThompsonFoto12's pics later tonight#WPIALSoccer pic.twitter.com/KyuV6VK6fg
— Pittsburgh Soccer Now (@pghsoccernow) October 14, 2020
UPDATE: In addition, a little bit of news coming out of the WPIAL meeting tonight about the upcoming playoffs: we’ve learned that highest seeded teams in boys and girls soccer players will be hosting matches through semifinal round
Other key final scores:
CLASS 2A, Section 1: North Catholic 3, Quaker Valley 2
The boys did it! A 3-2 win against section rival, 2019 WPIAL champion, and PIAA state champion Quaker Valley puts us at 11-1-1 in section.
— NC Boys Soccer (@NCHSBoysSoccer) October 14, 2020
Goals: @RutgerRandall28, Cy Garcia
Assist: Alex Oleksak
— Golden Eagles Boys Soccer (@KOEaglesSoccer) October 15, 2020
Boys ⚽️ with a 💥HUGE WIN💥 over @BVABoysSoccer 3-1
⚽️⚽️ Jack Sella
⚽️ Aiden Mohideen
Luke Giger with an assist
— TJ Soccer Boosters (@TJSoccerBooster) October 15, 2020
Final from Montour@moonboyssoccer 2
— PGHSportsNews (@PGHSportsNews) October 15, 2020
— West A Boys Soccer (@WestABoysSoccer) October 15, 2020
@WestABoysSoccer stats in a 1-0 win over South Fayette. Goal: Keegan Amos. Assist: Connor Blazer. Shutout by Jared Gola and defense. West A moves to 12-1 and wins a Section Championship in the @Pghsoccernow “section of death”. @TribLiveHSSN @PGSportsNow
— West A Boys Soccer (@WestABoysSoccer) October 15, 2020
BIG WIN FOR THE BOYS!
Mars 2 Hampton 1
WE ARE NOW SECTION CHAMPIONS FOR THE 7th YEAR IN A ROW🏆
12-0 on the season.
T. Nymberg 2G
D. Beller 2A#WPIALSoccer @pghsoccernow @TribHSInsider @TribLiveHSSN @PGVarsityXtra
— Mars Soccer (@MarsSoccer1) October 15, 2020
Section Champs!!!! With this win the boys win the section for the first time since 1998.
Goals: Donovan Woytsek,Eli Barowich and Ethan Bowser
Assist: Hrabosky and Bowser
— EF Soccer (@EFWarriorSoccer) October 15, 2020
Another score (and milestone) to report:
Bentworth defeated Beth-Center 3-0.
Congratuations to coach Gary Amos, who reached 150 career win tonight which makes him the 2nd winningest boys soccer coach in the mid Mon valley history behind joe Anders Belle Vernon#WPIALSoccer
— Pittsburgh Soccer Now (@pghsoccernow) October 15, 2020
A great night for Seneca Valley Boys Soccer as we hosted Butler. JV won 2-0. Varsity won 2-0. Goals from @NEastgate10 assisted by Josh Kosakowski and another goal from Connor Schmidt assisted by Beaux Lizewski. #WPIALSoccer @pghsoccernow @TribLiveHSSN
— Seneca Valley Soccer (@SVRaiderSoccer) October 15, 2020
WPIAL Class 4A Section 1 (4A)
Seneca Valley (8-1-1) has the upper hand heading into the final week after beating NA the other night. Butler (7-3-1) upended Seneca Valley, 2-1, in their previous meeting. With a win tonight, Seneca can wrap-up another section title.
|FINAL||Seneca Valley 2, Butler 0|
|FINAL||Fox Chapel 2, Pine-Richland 0|
|FINAL||North Allegheny 7, North Hills 0|
WPIAL Class 4A Section 2 (4A)
The ‘Big South’ section as I’d like to refer to, schedule this season has been on nights when the boys schedule is lighter (this week — Tuesday & Thursday). On Tuesday, Peters Twp. (9-1-1) finally were beaten by Upper St. Clair (7-3-1). While Canon-McMillan (6-3-1) beat Bethel Park (2-7-1), 3-0.
On Thursday, Canon-Mac takes on Peters, Baldwin (5-5) faces Bethel Park in an effort to secure fourth place in this section.
WPIAL Class 4A Section 3 (4A)
Central Catholic (8-1-0) are chasing Norwin (9-0-2) for the section title. The two will meet in the final regular season match next week, but need to take care of business first. They both won their matches on Wednesday.
|FINAL||Central Catholic 1, Allderdice 0|
|FINAL||Norwin 4, Penn-Trafford 1|
WPIAL Class 3A Section 1 (3A)
Mars (11-0) remained unbeaten and secured another section title in holding off a fierce challenge from Hampton (8-2-1)
|FINAL||Mars 2, Hampton 1|
|FINAL||Knoch 5, Highlands 0|
WPIAL Class 3A Section 2 (3A)
The ‘Parkway West’ section has been a dogfight. The top four faced each other Wednesday. Leading the way, West Allegheny (12-1) fought off a tough challenge from South Fayette (8-4-1) to take the crown, while Moon (10-3) needed two second half goals to edge past Montour (8-4-1). All of these teams will be tough to beat come playoff time.
|FINAL||Blackhawk 4, Beaver Area 0|
|FINAL||Chartiers Valley 8, Central Valley 4|
|FINAL||Moon 2, Montour 0|
|FINAL||West Allegheny 1, South Fayette 0|
WPIAL Class 3A Section 3 (3A)
Belle Vernon (10-2) had the upper hand in this section going into tonight’s match, ran into Thomas Jefferson (9-3) who now have made things interesting in the group with a 3-1 road win. Trinity (9-2), who split with BV already, play Ringgold on Thursday.
|FINAL||Greensburg Salem 2, Albert Gallatin 1|
|FINAL||Thomas Jefferson 3, Belle Vernon 1|
|WPIAL Class 3A Section 4 (3A)
Franklin Regional (12-1) and Plum (10-1) have already played twice this season (splitting the series) but Kiski Area (10-2) are lurking close behind, and play both FR (tonight) and Plum in the final week. This section is still very much up for grabs.
|FINAL||Franklin Regional 6, Kiski Area 0|
|FINAL||Plum 4, Gateway 0|
|FINAL||West Mifflin 7, Obama Academy 4|
|FINAL||Woodland Hills 1, Penn Hills 1|
WPIAL Class 2A Section 1 (2A)
Elizabeth Forward (10-1-1) earned the section title by beating South Park, 3-2. In addition, Steel Valley’s (4-7-1) close loss to Keystone Oaks (9-3) to put a dent in their playoff hopes.
|FINAL||East Allegheny 6, South Allegheny 0|
|FINAL||Elizabeth Forward 3, South Park 2|
|FINAL||Keystone Oaks 2, Steel Valley 1|
WPIAL Class 2A Section 2 (2A)
Shady Side knocked off Deer Lakes in their first match a few weeks ago, but now the return match is tonight. The two schools have been Class 2A WPIAL title contenders for the past four years and it looks that way again this year.
|FINAL||Burrell 14, Valley 0|
|PPD||Derry Area at Leechburg (to be played 10/20)|
|FINAL||Deer Lakes 2, Shady Side Academy 0|
WPIAL Class 2A Section 3 (2A)
Mt. Pleasant (10-1) beat Charleroi (11-1) in their rematch on Saturday. Now the two schools tied for the lead finished section play taking care of business. Congrats to Waynesburg for clinching playoff spot with 4-2 win vs McGuffey.
|FINAL||Charleroi 14, Brownsville 1|
|FINAL||Waynesburg Central 4, McGuffey 2|
|PPD||Mount Pleasant at Southmoreland|
|WPIAL Class 2A Section 4 (2A)
Quaker Valley (11-1-1, the reigning PIAA & WPIAL champions, were beaten by North Catholic (10-1-1) 3-2. The Trojans next play Ambridge (9-3-0) on Saturday when they can clinch the section title,
|FINAL||Ambridge 5, Hopewell 0|
|FINAL||Freedom 12, New Brighton 3|
|FINAL||Mohawk 14, Ellwood City 1|
|FINAL||North Catholic 3, Quaker Valley 2|
WPIAL Class 1A Section 1 (1A)
This is yet another top of the table showdown on today’s schedule — as OLSH (8-0) and Sewickley Academy (6-1) face each other. BCC & Riverside face off in a battle for third place.
|FINAL||Our Lady of Sacred Heart 0, Sewickley Academy 0|
|FINAL||Riverside 1, Beaver County Christian 1|
|FINAL||Neshannock 2, South Side Beaver 1|
WPIAL Class 1A Section 2 (1A)
Winchester Thurston (9-1) and GCC (9-1) have already met twice this year, splitting their series. If either of them slip up in the final week, the other could seize the section title. Trinity Christian (7-3) and Serra Catholic (6-4) also appear to be securely above the playoff line in this section.
|FINAL||Serra Catholic 10, Geibel Catholic 0|
|FINAL||Greensburg Central Catholic 10, Jeannette 4|
|FINAL||Winchester Thurston 9, Trinity Christian 1|
WPIAL Class 1A Section 3 (1A)
Unbeaten Springdale (8-0) have leading the way in this section, but the lone match tonight saw Eden Christian get a leg up in the race for second place. Eden are now 5-2 as Carlynton drops to 3-4 in section play.
|FINAL||Eden Christian 6, Carlynton 0|
WPIAL Class 1A Section 4 (1A)
Seton LaSalle’s in pretty comfortable position but suffered its first loss in section play to rival Brentwood, 3-2 on Wednesday. The Rebels are 10-1 and Brentwood improved to 6-2 in section play.
|FINAL||Bentworth 3, Beth-Center 0|
|FINAL||Brentwood 3, Seton LaSalle 2|
|FINAL||Monessen 10, California 1|