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WPIAL Boys Soccer: Class 2A 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 2A
Section I Section II Section III Section IV
East Allegheny Deer Lakes Belle Vernon Avonworth
Elizabeth Forward Derry Brownsville Beaver
Keystone Oaks Freeport McGuffey Ellwood City
South Allegheny Greensburg Salem Mt. Pleasant Hopewell
South Park Jeannette Southmoreland Mohawk
Steel Valley Knoch Washington Quaker Valley
West Mifflin Leechburg Waynesburg Central Riverside
Woodland Hills Shady Side Academy Yough


Defending Champion: DEER LAKES

Dam It! Deer Lakes blanks Beaver for WPIAL 2A boys soccer title

Runner-Up:  BEAVER

Boys Class 2A Players To Watch 

  • Nick Allan, Sr., MF, Quaker Valley;
  • Amir Awais, Sr., F, Shady Side Academy;
  • Danny Battista, Jr., MF, South Park;
  • Kyle Carlsen, Sr., Beaver;
  • Rowan Carmichael, Jr., MF, Avonworth;
  • Matteo Castellini, Sr., MF, Quaker Valley;
  • Chris Colonna, Sr., F, Hopewell; Ryan Ellis, Jr., D, South Park;
  • Kaiden Fischer, Sr., MF, South Park;
  • Trevor Kovatch, Jr., F, Belle Vernon;
  • Joey Kushon, Sr., D, Deer Lakes;
  • Peyton Kushon, So., F, Deer Lakes;
  • Cam Loveland, Sr., MF, South Park;
  • Drew McKim, Sr., MF, Shady Side Academy;
  • Jack Ozimek, Jr., F, South Park;
  • Luke Rivardo, Sr., MF, Mt. Pleasant;
  • Dylan Stewart, Sr., MF, McGuffey;
  • Jordan Taylor, Sr., F, Jeannette;
  • Ryan Wesolowski, Jr., MF, South Park;
  • Eli Whalen, Sr., D, Avonworth;
  • Dylan Wudkwych, Sr., F, Washington

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