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WPIAL Girls Soccer Class 3A Standings and Playoff Seeding Projections

Photo courtesy Justin Berl

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 3A standings along with a Section-By-Section breakdown of the teams that are in the playoffs and our projections for seedings.


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: Franklin Regional, Hampton, Gateway, Kiski Area

Team Conf.
Franklin Regional 10-1-1 11-3-1
Hampton 9-1-2 11-2-2
Gateway 7-4-1 9-6-1
Kiski Area 7-5-0 9-9-0
Indiana 5-7-0 6-8-0
Knoch 2-10-0 4-11-0
Armstrong 0-12-0 1-13-0

Franklin Regional took the section title this year, but Hampton still remains a dangerous team, as both could realistically make a deep run to the WPIAL final and may see each other along the way.  Hampton did knock off Franklin Regional for its only loss, but the return match draw was good enough to place the Panthers just ahead of the Talbots.

Section 2

IN: Connellsville, Belle Vernon, Trinity, Laurel Highlands

Team Conf.
Connellsville 13-1-0 14-2-0
Belle Vernon 12-2-0 15-3-0
Trinity 9-5-0 9-6-0
Laurel Highlands 8-6-0 9-6-0
Ringgold 7-7-0 7-11-0
Greensburg Salem 5-9-0 5-11-0
Albert Gallatin 2-12-0 3-13-0
Uniontown 0-14-0 0-17-0

Connellsville and Belle Vernon split the season series, with BVA turning the tables with an impressive 4-0 win in the return match.

Section 3

IN:  Plum, Oakland Catholic, Thomas Jefferson, Penn Hills

Team Conf.
Plum 12-0-0 15-1-0
Oakland Catholic 9-2-1 11-3-1
Thomas Jefferson 8-4-0 11-6-0
Penn Hills 5-5-1 7-6-1
Woodland Hills 2-7-0 3-8-0
Brashear 0-9-0 0-10-0
Obama Academy 0-9-0 0-12-0

The Plum Mustangs have fielded a championship caliber team the past few years, but each time they had to run up against the buzzsaw known as the Mars Planets in the WPIAL finals each year. Could this finally be the year for Plum?  Both teams had undefeated section seasons again. Plum’s only loss came to Class 4A Norwin (1-0).  Oakland Catholic and Thomas Jefferson remain solid dark horse teams if Plum or Mars slip in the playoffs.

Section 4

IN: Mars, Montour, South Fayette, West Allegheny

Team Conf.
Mars 11-0-0 11-0-1
Montour 8-4-0 10-6-0
South Fayette 8-4-0 10-7-0
West Allegheny 6-5-1 6-7-2
Chartiers Valley 2-8-1 3-13-1
Blackhawk 2-7-0 6-7-0
Central Valley 1-10-0 3-11-1

At some point Montour might finally knock off Mars, but after four meetings last year and another two this year, the Planets still are the team to beat in this section and remain a favorite to get to the WPIAL final.  Their only blemish (if you want to call it that) is a 1-1 draw its opening non-section match vs Class 4A Seneca Valley.


  1. Mars
  2. Plum
  3. Connellsville
  4. Franklin Regional
  5. Hampton
  6. Belle Vernon
  7. Oakland Catholic
  8. Montour
  9. Gateway
  10. Thomas Jefferson
  11. South Fayette
  12. Trinity
  13. Kiski Area
  14. West Allegheny
  15. Laurel Highlands
  16. Penn Hills

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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