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WPIAL Preseason Girls Soccer Players and Teams to Watch (2022)

As the high school girls soccer season prepares to officially start up in Western Pennsylvania this week (first games are set to be played on Friday, September 3), we are pleased to share PSN’s Preseason Players to Watch list for the 2022 season by classification.

These are preliminary lists based mostly returning players who earned All-WPIAL honors in the 2021 season and those who landed on the Moe Rosensteel Award watch list.

As always, we look forward to seeing many other players develop and come to the forefront of our attention during the course of the 2022 season.

We look forward to another season of coverage on Pittsburgh Soccer Now, which will culminate with the WPIAL Playoffs including the return of the Finals for each of the eight Boys and Girls classifications at Highmark Stadium in early November and the PIAA (State) playoffs which will follow.


  1. Moon (20-1-1) – 2021 WPIAL and PIAA Champions
  2. North Allegheny (16-1-1) – Lost 1-0(PK) to Fox Chapel in WPIAL quarterfinals
  3. Butler (13-4-2) – Lost 1-0 to Moon in WPIAL quarterfinals
  4. Latrobe (13-2-1) – Lost 2-0 to Peters Township in WPIAL quarterfinals
  5. Mount Lebanon (9-7-2) – Lost 1-0 to Butler in WPIAL first round

Eva Blatz, Sr., Bethel Park; Ella Bulava, Jr., Latrobe; Sofia DeCurb, Sr., Latrobe; Hailey Longwell, Sr., Moon; Samantha Butler, Sr., Butler; Grace Nellas, Sr., Mt. Lebanon; Brooke Opferman, Sr., Peters Twp.; Sophia Palermo, Sr., North Allegheny; Regan Rielly, Jr., Latrobe; Robin Reilly, So., Latrobe; Ella Shorkey, Sr., Allderdice; Lucia Wells, Sr., North Allegheny; Sara Weigle, Sr., Seneca Valley


  1. Mars (20-0-1) – 2021 WPIAL and PIAA Champions
  2. Plum (21-3-1) – Lost 2-1 to Mars in the WPIAL final, Lost 1-0 to Mars in the PIAA semifinals
  3. Montour (16-8-0) – Lost 1-0 to Mars in the WPIAL semifinals; lost 1-0 to Mars in the PIAA quarterfinals
  4. South Fayette (13-9-0) – Lost 2-0 to Plum in the WPIAL semifinals; lost 2-0 to Montour in the PIAA Play-In game
  5. Franklin Regional (14-4-1) – Lost 2-0 to South Fayette in the WPIAL quarterfinal

Gwen Howell, Sr., Mars; Madison Hurst, Jr., Hampton; Kaitlyn Killinger, Jr., Plum; Farrah Reader, Sr., Belle Vernon; Abby Whaley, Sr., Ringgold; Piper Coffield, Sr., Mars; Kaley Simqu, Sr., Plum; Saveria Ulizzi, Sr., Montour; Anna Hertzler, Sr., South Fayette;


  1. Avonworth (19-4-1) – 2021 WPIAL Champs, PIAA Runner-Up
  2. North Catholic (19-3-0) – Lost 2-1(2OT) to Avonworth in WPIAL final; Lost 3-0 to Avonworth in PIAA semifinals
  3. Southmoreland (15-3-2) – Lost 4-1 to Avonworth in WPIAL semifinals; Lost 4-3 in PIAA first round to Villa Maria
  4. Shady Side Academy (12-3-1) – Lost 3-1 to North Catholic in WPIAL semifinals; Lost 3-2 to Southmoreland in PIAA Play-In game
  5. Burrell (9-5-3) – Lost 2-0 to Avonworth in WPIAL first round

Olivia Cernuto, Sr., Southmoreland; McKenzie Pritts, Sr., Yough; ; Minah Syam, Jr., Avonworth; Lauren McDonald, Sr., North Catholic; Kendall Fabery, Sr., Southmoreland; Fiona Mahan, So., Avonworth;


  1. Greensburg Central Catholic (18-3-0) – Lost 2-1(OT) to Steel Valley in WPIAL final; lost 4-0 to Southern Columbia in PIAA final
  2. Steel Valley (20-4-0) – 2021 WPIAL Champs; lost 2-1 to Greensburg C.C. in PIAA semifinals
  3. Freedom (16-6-0) – Lost 4-3 to Greensburg C.C. in WPIAL semifinals; lost 1-0 to Greensburg C.C. in PIAA quarterfinals
  4. Springdale (18-3-0) – Lost 1-0 to Steel Valley in WPIAL semifinals; lost 6-0 to Freedom in PIAA Play-In game
  5. Seton LaSalle (11-7-0) – Lost 3-2 to Springdale in WPIAL quarterfinals

Sara Felder, Sr., Greensburg C.C.; Julia Mohrbacher, Sr., Freedom; Kayla Brose, Sr., Chartiers Houston; Grace Gent, Sr., Springdale; Lola Abraham, Jr., Riverview;

Riverhounds MF Danny Griffin

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