The WPIAL girls soccer playoffs resume Wednesday as we’ve reached the “Elite Eight” in Class 1A.
WPIAL Girls Soccer Class 1A Schedule
|FINAL||Greensburg Central Catholic 2, Riverside 1|
|FINAL||Springdale 3, Seton LaSalle 2|
|FINAL||Steel Valley 6, Chartiers-Houston 1|
|FINAL||Freedom 9, Bishop Canevin 0|
Semifinal Round – Monday, November 1 (Sites/Times TBD)
- Freedom (5) vs Greensburg Central Catholic (1)
- Steel Valley (3) vs Springdale (2)
Championship at Highmark Stadium – Friday, November 5 – 6 p.m.
Preview / Key Storylines
This might be the highest scoring bunch of teams remaining in any of the eight classification across the WPIAL soccer landscape.
In the first round, these eight teams combined to score a whopping 43 goals.
Of course, as the teams advance further in the playoffs, typically it becomes bit more difficult for teams to score. But maybe not in this classification if you go by some of the matches already played by some of the teams playing in this quarterfinal round.
The team that packs the most scoring punch are defending champions, Greensburg Central Catholic, who looked strong in their first round match and we’ll see how they fare against Riverside, who scored eight goals with a pair of hat tricks from Emma Thelman and Megan Zeich in outlasting Winchester Thurston on Saturday.
Springdale is the only team to beat GCC this season, but the’ll be facing Seton LaSalle as part of a doubleheader at Campbell Field in Munhall. Springdale had a tough test in the first round, beating Seton’s section rival Bentworth (a 15 seed!), 1-0.
Prior Springdale-Seton clash, Steel Valley will be defending its home turf with scoring whiz, Kelsey Salopek (41 goals and 20 assists this season and more than 100 in her career) leading the charge. Steel Valley will look to advance to the semifinal for the second straight season but they’ll have to beat section rival Chartiers-Houston who handed Steel Valley its only section loss (4-3) of the season in September.
Meanwhile, Bishop Canevin (15-0-1 overall record) have yet to lose this season, including an impressive, 3-2, non-section win against Steel Valley toward the end of the season. They’ll have to face another high scoring outfit, Freedom, led by longtime WPIAL coach Colin Williams, in what should be one of the most intruiging matches on the Wednesday evening docket. We know Freedom can score against the best teams in the classification, as they poured six goals on top-seeded Greensburg Central earlier this season, but lost that match, 8-6.
If the high scoring matches keep coming, that would make for a very fun run of games leading to the Final at Highmark Stadium in Girls 1A soccer.
PSN Coverage (Girls Class 1A)