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WPIAL Boys Soccer Postseason Preview: 1-on-1 with Plum’s Rafal Kolankowski

Ahead of the WPIAL Boys and Girls Soccer playoff brackets being released on Wednesday, we caught up with Plum boys Head Coach Raf Kolankowski.

Under Kolankowski’s leadership, Plum has won at least a share of three section titles in the past three seasons (once in Class 4A and the last two seasons in Class 3A).  This year, Plum is poised to be among the top seeds in the Class 3A WPIAL tournament, which has a loaded and competitive field.

WPIAL Boys Soccer Class 3A Standings and Playoff Seeding Projections


Look for more coverage on Pittsburgh Soccer Now on Wednesday including more interviews with coaches and we’ll share the brackets as they’re released.


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).

Riverhounds MF Danny Griffin

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