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WPIAL Soccer Watch (8/31/2023): Women’s City Game filled with lots of local talent

Photo courtesy Duquesne University Athletics


Thursday, August 29, 2023 

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For the 2023 High School soccer season, we will be using this forum to provide updates, scores, highlights, share your tweets and more from each day of action across the district during the match day, followed by a final WPIAL Scoreboard to post later that evening or early the following morning.

Last night, girls section play was in full gear, as now just about every team has played at least one section match.

WPIAL Soccer Scoreboard (8/30/2023)

It will be a busy Thursday soccer on the high school schedule, as it’s the boys turn (see full schedule below).

Also there are many former standout WPIAL players who are making their mark on the collegiate side. There’s no better showcase of this than in tonight’s City Game between Pitt and Duquesne women’s soccer teams (7 p.m. — Ambrose Urbanic Field — PSN’s Dom Campbell will have coverage).

For the Dukes, local players include starting junior goalkeeper Maddy Neundorfer (Gateway / Century United), freshman Anna Bundy (North Allegheny / Century United),  freshman Kayla Leseck (Moon/Century United), junior Mackenzie Leeder (Mt. Pleasant / Century United), freshman Skylar Leseck (Moon / Century United), Paige Kuisis (Seton LaSalle / Beadling), sophomore CeCe Scott (Peters Twp / Beadling), junior Emma Bundy (North Allegheny / Beadling), freshman Jayden Sharpless (North Catholic / Riverhounds Development Academy), freshman Ali Hughes (Burrell / Century United) and sophomore Natalie Gilbert (Upper St. Clair / Beadling — transferred from Xavier).

Also, one of the top players to come out of the WPIAL’s Class of 2022, Hailey Longwell (Moon) will be out for the season with an injury.

The Panthers have also filled their roster with some of the top local talent, including a pair of juniors who are Moe Rosensteel Award winners Sarah Schupansky (North Allegheny ) and Ellie Coffield (Mars ), plus fifth year senior, Landy Mertz (Upper St. Clair / Century United), junior Mackenzie Evers (West Allegheny / Beadling), freshman Lucia Wells (North Allegheny / Riverhounds ECNL), freshman Delaney Evers (West Allegheny / Riverhounds ECNL), freshman Kaley Simqu (Plum / Pittsburgh Hotspurs/Steel City FC), freshman Kaitlyn Killinger (Plum / Pittsburgh Hotspurs/Steel City FC).

In addition, Robert Morris’ women’s team heads into Thursday’s home opener vs Indiana State (4 p.m. at North Athletic Complex) unbeaten in four matches this season.  Head Coach Chris Shaw, along with assistants Bri Murgi and Erik Eisenhunt, has been able to build a strong roster with many student-athletes from the Pittsburgh area.

The Colonials boast a strong lineup of former WPIAL stars including:  sophomore Emerson Johngarlo (Kiski Area), sophomore Jillian Marvin (Peters Twp / Beadling), junior Carson Bogan (Upper St. Clair / Beadling), sophomore Malia Kearns (Penn-Trafford), Senior Haliegh Finale (South Park), sophomore Renae Mohrbacher (Freedom), freshman Madie Jesih (Gateway), freshman MacKenzie Pritts (Yough), senior Kristi Kania (Moon), sophomore Paloma Swankler (Norwin), junior Emily Rocco (Upper St. Clair), sophomore Julie Heh (Bethel Park) and sophomore Maria Veiga (North Hills).

For the full schedule of local Division I colleges this week, you can always check out our weekly Pulse of Pittsburgh soccer.  Also in action tonight, another squad filled with many local standout players, Duquesne men will open their home schedule vs Bowling Green. The Dukes have lost just one match in the previous two seasons at home.

Pulse of Pittsburgh Soccer: Plum Strong, section play starts, women’s City Game on tap and Riverhounds aren’t backing down


BOYS SCHEDULE (8/29/2023)

Class 4A
Section 1 (4A)
Butler at Seneca Valley
Central Catholic at Shaler
Fox Chapel at North Hills
North Allegheny at Pine-Richland
Section 2 (4A)
Allderdice at Peters Township
Baldwin at Upper St. Clair
Canon-McMillan at Mt. Lebanon
Hempfield at Norwin
Class 3A
Section 1 (3A)
Armstrong at Mars
Hampton at Indiana
Highlands at Kiski Area
Section 2 (3A)
Blackhawk at South Fayette
Central Valley at Montour
Chartiers Valley at Moon
West Allegheny at Ambridge
Section 3 (3A)
Albert Gallatin at Uniontown
Bethel Park at Trinity
Connellsville at Ringgold
Laurel Highlands at Thomas Jefferson
Section 4 (3A)
Franklin Regional at Plum
Gateway at Penn-Trafford
Latrobe at Obama Academy
McKeesport at Penn Hills
Class 2A
Section 1 (2A)
East Allegheny at West Mifflin
Elizabeth Forward at Steel Valley
Keystone Oaks at South Park
Woodland Hills at South Allegheny
Section 2 (2A)
Deer Lakes at Jeannette
Derry Area at Shady Side Academy
Freeport at Knoch
Greensburg Salem at Leechburg
Section 3 (2A)
Brownsville at Waynesburg Central
McGuffey at Southmoreland
Mount Pleasant at Washington
Yough at Belle Vernon
Section 4 (2A)
Avonworth at Quaker Valley
Beaver Area at Mohawk
Ellwood City at Hopewell
Class 1A
Section 1 (1A)
Beaver County Christian at Sewickley Academy
Eden Christian at Our Lady of Sacred Heart
Freedom at Neshannock
Section 2 (1A)
Bentworth at Greensburg Central Catholic
California at Charleroi
Section 3 (1A)
Aquinas Academy at Trinity Christian
Burrell at Springdale
Riverview at St. Joseph
Non Conference
Brentwood at Carrick
Carlynton at South Side Beaver
Chartiers-Houston at Beth-Center
Seton LaSalle at Winchester Thurston

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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