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WPIAL Boys Soccer: Class 1A Sections and Preseason Players to Watch (2023)

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As the high school boys soccer season prepares to officially start up in Western Pennsylvania this week (first games are set to be played on Friday), we are pleased to share the list of teams by section and the Preseason Players to Watch list for the 2023 season by classification.

These are preliminary lists based mostly returning players who earned All-WPIAL honors in the 2022 season and those who landed on Tribune-Review players to watch lists.

As always, we look forward to seeing many other players develop and come to the forefront of our attention during the course of the 2023 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.


WPIAL Boys Soccer Class 1A
Section I Section II Section III Section IV
Beaver County Christian Bentworth Aquinas Academy Bishop Canevin
Eden Christian Academy Bethlehem-Center Burrell Brentwood
Freedom Area California Riverview Carlynton
Neshannock Charleroi Saint Joseph Chartiers-Houston
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Geibel Catholic Springdale Serra Catholic
Sewickley Academy Greensburg Central Catholic Trinity Christian Seton LaSalle
South Side Ligonier Valley Winchester Thurston

Defending Champions: WINCHESTER THURSTON

The Bear Necessities: RDA duo lead Winchester Thurston to Boys 1A repeat

Runner-Up:   CHARLEROI

Boys Class 1A Players To Watch 

  • Jack Billick, Sr., F, Seton LaSalle;
  • Danny Bourgeois, Sr., F, OLSH;
  • TJ Braun, Sr., MF, Trinity Christian;
  • Mateo Carrasco, Jr., MF, Carlynton;
  • Jake Chambers, Sr., D, Charleroi;
  • Nick Cherry, Sr., GK, Seton LaSalle;
  • Jordan Delon, Jr., MF, Freedom;
  • Cole Evans, Sr., F, Bishop Canevin;
  • James Farnan, Sr., D, Seton LaSalle;
  • Mason Gent, Sr., D, Springdale;
  • Luke Kost, Jr., MF, Trinity Christian;
  • Bryce Large, Sr., MF, Charleroi;
  • William Lawrence, Sr., F, Springdale;
  • Ryan Lewis, Jr., MF, Carlynton;
  • Arlo McIntyre, Sr., MF, Charleroi;
  • AJ Mejalli, Sr., MF, Serra Catholic;
  • Alex Merritt, Sr., GK, California;
  • Ryan Moessner, So., HF, Bentworth;
  • Jaxson Pozivak, Sr., D, Serra Catholic;
  • Mason Smith, So., GK, Neshannock;
  • Tomer Tuti, Sr., MF, Winchester Thurston;
  • Jackson Vacanti, Jr., MF, Greensburg Central Catholic;
  • Cam Wagner, Sr., MF, Burrell

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