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WPIAL Girls Class 1A Soccer Playoff Bracket: Can GCC stay on top?

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WPIAL Girls Class 1A Soccer Playoff Bracket: Can GCC stay on top?

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

First Round – All games to be played on Saturday, October 23 

Greensburg Central Catholic are reigning section and WPIAL champs — but Springdale have been neck-and-neck with the Centurians this season, claiming a share of the section title.  Bishop Canevin completed an impressive 11-0-1 section campaign, and could be a team to watch in this tournament.  Steel Valley’s Kelsey Salopek has been a scoring machine to lead the way to another Section title, but Chartiers-Houston have alslo had an outstanding season, holding the only win in section vs SV this Fall.

Last year, especially with the departure of Shady Side Academy moving up to Class 2A, the competition become more fiece and when the smoked cleared after the first two rounds, two teams from Section 3 made it to the semifinals (OLSH and Riverside). This year, Freedom, a high scoring outfit which have won a pair of WPIAL titles in recent years (2016 and 2018) are right back in the mix, finishing 10-0 in section (12-3 overall).

Top Four:

  1. Greensburg Central Catholic
  2. Springdale
  3. Steel Valley
  4. Bishop Canevin

Anticipated Playoff schedule:

  • 1st Round:                   Saturday, October 23
    • Greensburg CC vs Eden Christian
    • Riverside vs Winchester Thurston
    • Bishop Canevin vs OLSH
    • Freedom vs Aquinas Academy
    • Springdale vs Bentworth
    • Seton LaSalle vs Serra Catholic
    • Steel Valley vs Riverview
    • Chartiers-Houston vs South Side Beaver
  • Quarterfinal Round     Wednesday, October 27
  • Semifinal Round          Saturday, October 30
  • Final                             Friday/Saturday, November 5-6 (TBA)

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

WPIAL Girls 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).

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