The WPIAL girls soccer playoffs resume Thursday as they’ve reached the “Elite Eight” in Class 4A and Class 3A with all games being played at the highest seeded team’s home field and kicking off simultaniously at 6:30 p.m.
Once the matches begin, look for updates/results here:
WPIAL Girls Soccer Quarterfinals
Two OTs are not enough. Headed to the shootout!
Panthers – 1
South Fayette – 1
— FR Panther Sports (@FRPantherSports) October 29, 2021
🚨PT advances to the WPIAL Semis!! 🚨 2-0 final over Latrobe
Goals by Cam Klein and Cece Scott ⚽️
Both assists by Brooke Opferman ⚽️
— PT GIRLS SOCCER (@PTGIRLSSOCCER) October 29, 2021
ONTO THE SEMIS! Tonight we defeated Oakland Catholic 6-0 to advance to the WPIAL semifinals next Tuesday!
Piper Coffield 4G 1A
Addi Girdwood 1G 4A
Rosie Pellegrino 1G
Shutout preserved by goalkeepers Megan Boddy and Kate McEnroe pic.twitter.com/FPT758ut1a
— Mars Girls Soccer (@marsgirlssoccer) October 29, 2021
— George Guido (@gguidobooks) October 29, 2021
SF girls soccer advances to the WPIAL semifinals with 2-1 victory in PKs (5-4) over Franklin Regional. Great job ladies! #SFLionPride
— South Fayette Sports (@sflionssports) October 29, 2021
WPIAL Girls Soccer Schedule
Quarterfinal Round – Thursday, October 28
|FINAL||Fox Chapel 0, North Allegheny 0 (Fox Chapel advances on PKs)|
|FINAL||Seneca Valley 4, Norwin 3|
|FINAL||Moon 1, Butler 0|
|FINAL||Peters Township 2, Latrobe 0|
Semifinal Round – Monday, November 1, 2021
- Fox Chapel (9) vs Seneca Valley (4)
- Moon (2) vs Peters Twp (6)
Championship at Highmark Stadium – Thursday, November 4, 2021 – 8 p.m.
Quarterfinal Round – Thursday, October 28
|FINAL||South Fayette 1, Franklin Regional 1 (South Fayette wins 5-4 in PKs|
|FINAL||Plum 3, Hampton 1|
|FINAL||Montour 5, Kiski Area 0|
|FINAL||Mars 6, Oakland Catholic 0|
Semifinal Round – Tuesday, November 2, 2021
- South Fayette (6) vs Plum (2)
- Montour (5) vs Mars (1)
Championship at Highmark Stadium – Saturday, November 6, 2021 – 1:15 p.m.
Preview / Key Storylines
After first round, the top three seeds join the tournament as North Allegheny aims to complete a three-peat of WPIAL titles. The road begins for the Tigers as they host the 5-seed Fox Chapel.
North Allegheny, despite seeing some top players like Moe Rosensteel Award winner and current Pitt forward Sarah Schupansky graduate, have not missed a beat this season. They’re currently on a 22-game unbeaten streak against WPIAL competition and have not lost since last November’s PIAA final in OT against Pennridge.
The Tigers (15-0-1) have Lucia Wells who came up with some big goals in last year’s WPIAL title run. They are ranked No. 1 in the state and have only surrendered four goals all season, including two in a 3-2 win over Norwin. They have 13 shutouts in 16 games.
The Foxes escaped Bethel Park in a penalty kick shootout that went seven rounds on Monday night.
Other matches in 4A include No. 2 Moon under the guidance of Bill Pfeifer, Taking on Hampton.
Pfeifer who previously led the girls program to previous WPIAL and PIAA titles, has helped mold this year’s Moon team into a 4A section title winners (Moon was previously in 3A under Pfeifer) and now they are a WPIAL championship contender.
Both Mars and Plum, the top two seeds who’ve met in the WPIAL final the past two seasons, didn’t show any signs of slowing down in the first round, each scoring seven goals.
However, now they’ll find the competition to be a bit tougher. The last time Mars came up short in winning the WPIAL title (in 2018) it was Oakland Catholic which knocked them off. Now, Oakland Catholic will face Mars again after an impressive win on the road against Belle Vernon on Monday.
Plum faces a test in Hampton, who were edged out in their section by Franklin Regional, played Plum in a non-section match with little on the line just a few weeks ago, with the teams playing to a nil-nil draw. There will be a lot more on the line on Thursday.
Franklin Regional started off strong with a 2-0 win vs West Allegheny in the first round. Now they face South Fayette, who handled Gateway in the first round, 3-0.
Kiski Area scored the first round’s biggest upset (at least in terms of seeding) when they defeated Connellsville and did so by a 2-1 margin. The Cavaliers will now face No. 5 Montour, who had no trouble in dismantling Trinity, 8-0.