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WPIAL Girls Soccer Class 2A Standings & Playoff Seeding Projections

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WPIAL Girls Soccer Class 2A Standings & Playoff Seeding Projections

The final couple days of the WPIAL boys and girls soccer regular season will be played on Monday and Tuesday, but with a few exceptions, most of the playoff spots have been cliniched as we head toward Wednesday’s playoff bracket selections.

In addition, please be aware that the WPIAL has once again determined that the teams with the highest seeding will be hosting playoff matches through the first two rounds, and it’s still uncertain if they will also host semifinal round matches at the highest seed.

The WPIAL Finals are scheduled to be played at Highmark Stadium, on Friday and Saturday, November 6 and 7. However, if the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC clinch a home playoff spot, and likely will play on November 7, some of the WPIAL Championships’ schedule could be reshuffled slightly.

Here’s a look at Class 2A standings along with a Section-By-Section breakdown of the teams that are in the playoffs and our projections for seedings.


CLASS 2A

Across the classification, all playoff spots are clinched.  Here’s a look at where they stand in each section and below a predicted look at the potential playoff seedings.

Section 1

IN: North Catholic, Avonworth, Beaver Area, Quaker Valley

Team Conf.
Record
Overall
Record
North Catholic 9-1-0 14-1-0
Avonworth 7-1-1 10-3-1
Beaver Area 6-4-0 8-4-0
Quaker Valley 4-5-1 5-7-2
Hopewell 1-7-0 7-7-1
Ambridge 0-9-0 0-12-0

North Catholic are the two-time defending champs — and they’re are poised to made another deep run.  But watch out for Avonworth, last year’s runner-up in this section and in Class 2A. After losing three matches to open the season, including a loss to NC, Avonworth is riding an impressive 11-game unbeaten streak, including a 2-1 win in the return match vs NC.

Section 2

IN:  Shady Side, Burrell, Deer Lakes, Freeport

Team Conf.
Record
Overall
Record
Shady Side Academy 9-0-1 9-1-1
Burrell 5-1-3 9-3-3
Deer Lakes 6-3-0 8-7-0
Freeport 3-5-1 3-10-1
Valley 2-6-1 4-7-1
Highlands 0-10-0 0-15-0

In their second year after stepping up from Class 1A, Shady Side is well positioned to return to the WPIAL finals. Burrell showed they could score on SSA, as the second meeting between section rivals ended in a 3-3 draw.

Section 3

IN:  Mount Pleasant, Southmoreland, Yough, McGuffey, Waynesburg Central

Team Conf.
Record
Overall
Record
Mount Pleasant 8-1-0 12-4-0
Southmoreland 8-1-1 11-1-2
Yough 6-2-1 11-3-1
McGuffey 3-7-0 6-9-0
Waynesburg Central 3-7-0 5-8-0
Brownsville 0-10-0 2-11-0

If Mount Pleasant defeats Yough on Tuesday, they’ll take the section crown outright, but with a loss, the title will go to Southmoreland.  The top two teams in this section split their season series.

Section 4

IN: Elizabeth Forward, South Park, Keystone Oaks, South Allegheny, West Mifflin

Team Conf.
Record
Overall
Record
Elizabeth Forward 8-0-2 13-1-2
South Park 8-0-2 11-2-4
Keystone Oaks 5-5-0 6-10-0
South Allegheny 3-6-1 4-10-2
West Mifflin 3-6-1 4-12-2
East Allegheny 0-10-0 0-12-0

Some interesting scenarios unfolded in this section, as Elizabeth Forward and South Park played to 1-1 draws in both meetings, and with identical 8-0-2 records, they share the section title.  Would be interesting to see if they meet again in the playoffs — they might need to build in some extra time on the schedule.  Elizabeth Forward has the slightly better overall record but these teams are only separated by the thinest of margins.


PSN’s PROJECTED WPIAL BRACKET SEEDING

  1. North Catholic
  2. Shady Side Academy
  3. Avonworth
  4. Elizabeth Forward
  5. South Park
  6. Mount Pleasant
  7. Burrell
  8. Southmoreland
  9. Deer Lakes
  10. Beaver Area
  11. Yough
  12. Keystone Oaks
  13. Quaker Valley
  14. McGuffey
  15. South Allegheny
  16. West Mifflin
  17. Waynesburg Central
  18. Freeport

 

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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