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WPIAL Girls Soccer Class 4A and 1A Semifinal Round (10/31/2022)

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It’s down to the Final Four in the WPIAL Girls Soccer playoffs.  On Monday, both Class 4A and Class 1A will see who makes it to Highmark Stadium for the championship games.


WPIAL GIRLS SOCCER: CLASS 4A & CLASS 1A PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

Class 4A

Class 4A Bracket

Monday, October 31, 2022 – Semifinal Round

FINAL:  North Allegheny 3, Seneca Valley 2 

FINAL: Peters Township 2, Mt. Lebanon 1 

 

Thursday, November 3, 2022  – Championship Game at Highmark Stadium 

8 pm  # 1 North Allegheny (18-1-0)  vs #3 Peters Township (13-1-3)

 

WPIAL Class 1A

Class 1A Bracket

Monday, October 31, 2022 – Semifinal Round 

FINAL:  Springdale 5, Waynesburg Central 0 

FINAL:  Freedom 4,  Greensburg Central Catholic 3 (OT)

 

Friday, November 4, 2022  – Championship Game at Highmark Stadium 

#2 Springdale (16-3-0) vs #1 Freedom (16-4-0)


SEMIFINAL ROUND PREVIEW (Girls 4A and 1A) 

In Class 4A, all of the top seeds advanced, setting up a pair of rubber matches between section rivals when Mt. Lebanon and Peters Township face off, as well as Seneca Valley and North Allegheny.

Even though Mt. Lebanon pulled through with a first place finish in Section 2, they did so with two losses, both coming to Peters.  Can the Blue Devils prevail in the third go-around between section rivals? If one thing is certain, they both have plenty of attacking firepower against each other. In the first two games, they’ve combined for 13 goals, with Peters winning by 4-3 and 4-2 margins.

Seneca Valley and North Allegheny split the season series in a pair of tight contests, with the Raiders winning at home 2-1 in September, while the Tigers picked up a shutout victory in October, 1-0.

The Class 1A bracket has been a bit more unpredictable, with both the fifth and sixth seeded teams, Greensburg Central Catholic and Waynesburg Central pulling off impressive quarterfinal round wins, despite lower seeding. GCC defeated No. 4 seed and Section 3 champions Chartiers Valley by a 6-1 scoreline, the same final as their first round win vs Riverside.  Waynesburg Central beat Aquinas Academy 1-0, the topped No. 3 seed Winchester Thurston, 2-1 in the quarterfinal round.

Still, Freedom and Springdale have advanced, with some challenges already, and will now have to face programs that have won WPIAL titles in recent years.  Freedom have outscored playoff competition 13-2 thus far, and their only losses this season came when playing up in class.  Springdale clawed their way to early round playoff wins over Sewickely Academy (3-2) and Mohawk (2-0), but with two wins vs Greensburg Central Catholic this season, they’ve proven they can beat top teams in this classification.

The Greensburg Central Catholic – Freedom showdown feels more like a No. 1 vs 2 clash. It is a rematch of last season’s semifinal, when GCC outlasted Freedom, 4-3.  Look out for GCC’s Riley Kerr, who has been having an outstanding sophomore season. She scored twice in last year’s match.

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).

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