WPIAL Boys Soccer Class 2A Final
Quaker Valley (17-2-0) vs North Catholic (12-7-0)
Thursday, November 4, 2021 | 6 p.m. | Highmark Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA
About the schools
Quaker Valley (Sewickley)
Class 2A, Section 4 Champions – No. 2 seed
Head Coach – J.J. Veshio
Nine-time WPIAL Champions (1985, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1999, 2012, 2016, 2019)
North Catholic (Cranberry Twp)
Class 2A, Section 4 Third Place – No. 9 seed
Head Coach – Anchoi Headly
One WPIAL Championship (2017)
Preview / Key Storylines:
The story in the Class 2A boys soccer playoffs has been three teams from Section 4 making it to the final four, and now we have an all-section final.
A year ago, both of these schools were forced to quarantine after COVID-19 outbreaks following a late regular season match, when players from both sides were exposed to the virus.
As a result, Quaker Valley didn’t participate in the tournament and North Catholic fielded a squad that was limited — and eventually were eliminated in the quarterfinal round.
Fast forward to this season, and the Quakers have returned this season playing with a huge chip on its shoulders, rolling to an undefeated section record and only losing to teams in non-conference matches from higher classifications.
They also cruised through the first two rounds of the playoffs.
Talk about going from one extreme to another though, the Quakers went from pummling one opponent, East Allegheny, 14-0 in the quarterfinal round, to a heart-stopping overtime 3-2 win in the semifinals against section rival Ambridge.
After beating the Bridgers twice during the regular season with relative ease, the Quakers were really tested on Monday evening.
Senior captain Rowan Kriebal found the game-winner in Overtime.
Tied 2-2 in the early minutes of overtime, Kriebel’s fantastic finish, coming from an assist from Keller Chamovitz put Quaker Valley in its 16th WPIAL finals match in its storied history.
North Catholic as a 9-seed, have sprung a few upsets en route to the Final, by defeating No. 1 South Park in the quarterfinal round, then proving to be too strong for Charleroi in the semifinal, pulling away with a 4-2 win.
Prior to the start of the playoffs, North Catholic posted a 9-7 record, and hadn’t won two consecutive games since the first two games of the season. Now, they’re on a four-game win streak, powered by a revitalized defense and talents of Dylan Greggs.
Much like the previous match against Ambridge, the Quakers will likely not underestimate their section rivals despite dominating the scores in the regular season (Quakers won 3-0 on Sept. 23 and 7-0 on Oct. 13 vs North Catholic).