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WPIAL Girls Class 4A and Class 3A Quarterfinal Round Scoreboard

Photo courtesy Ed Thompson

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.

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WPIAL Girls Soccer Schedule

Class 4A

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. 

Class 3A

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 

Class 4A

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.

Class 3A

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.

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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