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WPIAL Boys Class 1A Playoff Bracket: GCC and Winchester Thurston top seeds again

Click here to find the WPIAL Class 1A Boys Soccer bracket for the 2021 playoff tournament.

First Round – All games to be played on Monday, October 25 

After losing in the WPIAL finals the previous two years to Greensburg Central Catholic, this Winchester Thurston team, which didn’t have much trouble in section this regular season, looks like a team on a mission to get back to Highmark Stadium, and this time, lift the WPIAL Championship trophy (only title came in 2014).  WT’s only minor blemish (a draw) came against Class 4A Pine-Richland on the first weekend of the season — but in the P-R tournament the teams played a penalty kick shootout which WT prevailed.

Bentworth has rolled to an unbeaten section campaign, and its only loss is to Class 3A Laurel Highlands early in the season.  They have beaten both Seton LaSalle and Class 2A’s Charleroi.  For anyone who’s been to Bentworth for a soccer game knows that they might have one of the more distinct home field advantages and it could give them an inside edge to advance to the semifinal and final rounds.

Sewickley Academy’s only blemish on its overall record came in a non-conference loss to Seton LaSalle, and a tie last week against OLSH.  They’ll be looking for its first appearance in the WPIAL finals since 2017

Top Four Seeds

  1. Greensburg Central Catholic
  2. Winchester Thurston
  3. Sewickley Academy
  4. Bentworth

Anticipated Playoff schedule:

  • 1st Round:                   Tuesday, October 26
  • Quarterfinal Round     Saturday,, October 30
  • Semifinal Round         Tuesday, November 2
  • Final                            Friday, November 5, 8 p.m.

PIAA Playoffs — brackets announced on Sunday, November 7 — with first round to begin Tuesday, November 9

WPIAL Boys Soccer Class 1A Standings & Playoff Seeding Projections



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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