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WPIAL Boys Soccer: Class 4A Sections and Preseason Players to Watch

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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.


Class 4A Boys Soccer 
Section I Section II
Butler Allderdice
Central Catholic Baldwin
Fox Chapel Canon-McMillan
North Allegheny Hempfield Area
North Hills Mt. Lebanon
Pine-Richland Norwin
Seneca Valley Peters Township
Shaler Upper St. Clair


Defending Champions: PINE-RICHLAND

‘Super Gritty’ Pine-Richland slows down Seneca Valley en route to a stunning WPIAL Championship victory

Runner-Up (and defending PIAA Champions):  SENECA VALLEY

FINAL: Seneca Valley 6, Lower Merion 0 (PIAA Boys Soccer Class 4A Championship)

Boys Class 4A Players To Watch 

Cole Barton, Jr., GK, Mt. Lebanon;

Cadan Bennett, Sr., GK, Pine-Richland;

Alex Brown, Sr., F, Norwin;

Owen Christopher, Sr., D, Norwin;

Blake Gabelhart, Sr., F, Peters Township;

Ryan Galicac, Jr., MF, Canon-McMillan;

Cole Kamarec, Sr., F, Seneca Valley;

Nick Kilgore, Sr., D, Butler;

Drew Knight, Sr., GK, Butler;

Colin Lazzara, Sr., MF, Fox Chapel;

Pablo Lonzoain, Jr., MF, Fox Chapel;

Cody Lubinsky, Sr., MF, Butler;

Daniel Maddock, Jr., F, Norwin;

Michael Shin, Sr., D, Fox Chapel;

Ryan Simonette, Sr., GK, Canon-McMillan;

Danny Stevens, Sr., MF, North Allegheny

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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