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WPIAL forced to realign some boys soccer sections for 2021 season

WPIAL forced to realign some boys soccer sections for 2021 season

The high school soccer season will be officially kicking off with practice sessions beginning Monday, August 16.

With the new season comes some adjusted realigning of sections during the middle year between formal realignments, which typically take place every two years based on school enrollment numbers.  The WPIAL had no choice but to make some adjustments from the 2020-2021 realignment, which shifted numerous schools around to different sections and classifications during the Fall 2020 season.

The most notable changes for this season will come in Boys Class 1A, as a few private school closings and an additional co-op has shifted some things around while dropping the total number of teams from 29 to 25.  One of the most significant adjustments comes as Greensburg Central Catholic, defending two-time WPIAL Champions, will be separated from its closest section and classification rival during the past few years, Winchester Thurston.  WT have been moved out of Section 2 and will now compete in Section 3.

WPIAL Boys Soccer Standings (2020)

In summary, WPIAL soccer has lost a total of four boys high schools that fielded teams from a year ago, which on the surface is a slight concern for the future of soccer programs in the lower classifications in and around the district.

Class 4A (21 teams)

Defending champion: Seneca Valley

SECTION 1:  Butler, Fox Chapel, North Allegheny, North Hills, Pine-Richland, Seneca Valley, Shaler

SECTION 2:  Baldwin, Bethel Park, Brashear, Canon-McMillan, Mt. Lebanon, Peters Twp, Upper St. Clair

SECTION 3:  Allderdice, Central Catholic, Connellsville, Hempfield, Latrobe, Norwin, Penn-Trafford 

There are no changes from 2020.

Class 3A (32 teams – up one from 31 teams in 2020) 

Defending champion: Mars

SECTION 1:  Armstrong, Freeport ^, Hampton, Highlands, Indiana, Kiski Area, Knoch, Mars

SECTION 2:  Beaver Area, Blackhawk, Central Valley ^, Chartiers Valley, Montour, Moon, South Fayette, West Allegheny 

SECTION 3: Albert Gallatin, Belle Vernon, Laurel Highlands, Ringgold, Thomas Jefferson, Trinity, Uniontown, Washington (C) 

SECTION 4:  Franklin Regional, Gateway, Greensburg Salem, Obama Academy, Penn Hills, Plum, West Mifflin, Woodland Hills 

Changes:  Greensburg Salem moves from Section 3 to Section 4.; Kiski Area moves from Section 4 to Section 1; Washington added to Section 3

Class 2A (29 teams – down one school – 28 in 2020) 

Defending champion: Deer Lakes

SECTION 1:  Avonworth ^, East Allegheny, Elizabeth Forward, Keystone Oaks, South Allegheny, South Park, Steel Valley

SECTION 2:  Burrell, Deer Lakes, Derry, Leechberg (c), Ligonier Valley, Shady Side Academy, Valley 

SECTION 3: Brownsville, Charleroi, McGuffey, Mt. Pleasant, Southmoreland, Waynesburg, Yough

SECTION 4: Ambridge, Elwood City, Freedom, Hopewell, Mohawk, North Catholic, Quaker Valley

Changes:  New Brighton will not have a team for 2021 season

Class 1A (25 teams – down four schools – 29 in 2020) 

Defending champion: Greensburg Central Catholic

SECTION 1: Beaver County Christian, Neshannock, Our Lady of Sacred Heart, Riverside, Sewickley Academy, South Side Beaver

SECTION 2: Geibel Catholic, Greensburg Central Catholic, Jeannette, Serra, St. Joseph, Trinity Christian

SECTION 3:  Aquinas Academy, Bishop Canevin, Carlynton, Eden Christian, Riverview, Springdale, Winchester Thurston 

SECTION 4:  Bentworth, Beth-Center, Brentwood, California (c), Chartiers-Houston, Seton-LaSalle

Changes:  Quigley (school closing), Winchester Thurston moved from Section 2 to Section 3, Vincentian (school closing), Monessen (now co-op with California) 

 

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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