WPIAL SOCCER WATCH
Tuesday, September 5, 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.
It’s hard to believe we’re more than a week into most High School teams getting into section competition, as the Boys take the bigger part of the Tuesday stage, with a pretty full slate, while there are some girls matches on tap tonight.
On the boys side, the results and standings are starting to show some early trends and interesting developments, including the following things that have caught our eye in week one of section play:
North Allegheny in solid early season form. From what I saw of the Tigers, they impressed me at the JRK Memorial Classic at Pine-Richland, as they withstood an early goal against the talented, non-WPIAL Kiski School side, then turned the match in its favor with a 2-1 win last Sunday. They followed up their opening weekend with a pair of section wins vs Shaler (5-0) and defending WPIAL champions, Pine-Richland. While Seneca Valley remains the team to beat out of Class 4A, and in Section 1, as they’ve opened with an impressive 5-1 win vs Norwin, one of the favorites in Section 2, North Allegheny has the depth, firepower and defending chops to slow down the Raiders.
While Class 3A shows most of the usual suspects (Moon, Plum, Hampton ,Mars) at the top of the standings early on, Bethel Park‘s strong start in section play shows that they’re ready to build on its first playoff appearance in seven years in 2022 when they beat Mars in the first round, and could be in contention for a Section title this season in what has to be an up-for-grabs Section 3 as most of the top teams from a year ago have lost a lot of players to graduation. Pulling out a 2-1 win vs defending section champs Thomas Jefferson provided the start that the Black Hawks needed to make a run at a section title and deeper run in the playoffs this season.
If there were any concerns about Quaker Valley following two opening weekend losses in the East-West Classic to Wilson and Fleetwood, they were diminished last week when the Quakers took care of business against a pair of section contenders, including beating Avonworth, 3-1, and topping last year’s WPIAL runner-up, Beaver Area, 5-0.
This could really be a year of transition in Class 1A, but for now, defending champions Winchester Thurston have already picked up a few impressive wins, vs 3A North Catholic and its only section match, a 5-0 win vs Aquinas Academy, despite losing a lot of key leaders from recent WPIAL and PIAA championship winning teams. The Bears were challenged in a very good early season non-section clash last Thursday, when they played Seton-LaSalle to a 1-1 draw.
Tuesday Matches to Watch:
Shaler (0-3-1, 0-2) vs North Hills (0-2, 0-2) — what would be intriguing about two schools that have struggled in Class 1A, Section 1, in recent years? The neighboring rivals would love nothing more than to grab the upper hand in the series. Each played Central Catholic to very tough matches last week and an early season win could provide a boost of confidence.
North Catholic (0-3, 0-1) at Mars (2-1-1, 1-0-1) — later this month, PSN will feature these teams with exclusive coverage, but it will be interesting to see if North Catholic, which played short handed in the JRK Memorial Classic a bit short handed, can bounce back vs Mars, after a 4-0 loss to Armstrong last week to begin section play. Mars and Hampton battled to 1-1 draw last week.
Deer Lakes (3-0, 2-0) vs Shady Side Academy (2-0, 2-0) — in recent years, this has really become one of the best rivalries in any classification. Both teams are off to undefeated starts, and an early season win will give the victors an early season edge as they compete for a section title and Class 2A superiority.
Neshannock (3-0, 1-0) vs Eden Christian (1-1-1. 0-1-1) — Eden Christian have been a regular in the Class 1A playoffs in recent years, but they’re still without a win in section play, so they would love nothing more than to knock off Neshannock, who are off to a nice start this season. This should be a very fun Section 1 race this season, as OLSH and Sewickley Academy are also very much looking like early season contenders too.
|Section 1 (4A)|
|8:00pm||North Allegheny at Butler|
|7:00pm||Pine-Richland at Fox Chapel|
|7:30pm||Seneca Valley at Central Catholic|
|7:30pm||Shaler at North Hills|
|Section 2 (4A)|
|7:00pm||Hempfield at Allderdice|
|8:00pm||Norwin at Canon-McMillan|
|7:30pm||Peters Township at Baldwin|
|7:45pm||Upper St. Clair at Mt. Lebanon|
|Section 1 (3A)|
|7:30pm||Indiana at Armstrong|
|7:30pm||Kiski Area at Hampton|
|7:00pm||North Catholic at Mars|
|Section 2 (3A)|
|7:30pm||Chartiers Valley at Blackhawk|
|7:30pm||Moon at Central Valley|
|7:30pm||South Fayette at Ambridge|
|7:30pm||West Allegheny at Montour|
|Section 3 (3A)|
|7:30pm||Laurel Highlands at Bethel Park|
|7:30pm||Thomas Jefferson at Connellsville|
|7:30pm||Trinity at Albert Gallatin|
|7:30pm||Uniontown at Ringgold|
|Section 4 (3A)|
|7:30pm||Latrobe at Penn Hills|
|7:00pm||McKeesport at Gateway|
|7:30pm||Penn-Trafford at Franklin Regional|
|3:30pm||Plum at Obama Academy|
|Section 1 (2A)|
|7:30pm||Keystone Oaks at Elizabeth Forward|
|7:30pm||South Park at Woodland Hills|
|7:30pm||Steel Valley at East Allegheny|
|6:00pm||West Mifflin at South Allegheny|
|Section 2 (2A)|
|4:00pm||Greensburg Salem at Derry Area|
|7:30pm||Jeannette at Knoch|
|5:15pm||Leechburg at Freeport|
|7:30pm||Shady Side Academy at Deer Lakes|
|Section 3 (2A)|
|7:00pm||Mount Pleasant at Brownsville|
|7:00pm||Washington at McGuffey|
|7:30pm||Waynesburg Central at Belle Vernon|
|7:30pm||Yough at Southmoreland|
|Section 4 (2A)|
|7:30pm||Hopewell at Beaver Area|
|7:30pm||Mohawk at Avonworth|
|3:30pm||Quaker Valley at Riverside|
|Section 1 (1A)|
|4:00pm||Neshannock at Eden Christian|
|4:00pm||Our Lady of Sacred Heart at Beaver County Christian|
|6:00pm||Sewickley Academy at South Side Beaver|
|Section 2 (1A)|
|6:30pm||Charleroi at Beth-Center|
|6:00pm||Greensburg Central Catholic at Ligonier Valley|
|Section 3 (1A)|
|3:45pm||Springdale at Aquinas Academy|
|7:00pm||St. Joseph at Burrell|
|7:00pm||Trinity Christian at Winchester Thurston|
|Section 4 (1A)|
|7:00pm||Chartiers-Houston at Carlynton|
|4:00pm||Serra Catholic at Brentwood|
|7:00pm||Seton LaSalle at Bishop Canevin|
|7:00pm||Geibel Catholic at Bentworth|
|Section 2 (3A)|
|5:30pm||Uniontown at Ringgold|
|Section 1 (1A)|
|6:00pm||Serra Catholic at Jeannette|
|Section 4 (1A)|
|5:00pm||Our Lady of Sacred Heart at Carlynton|
|6:30pm||East Allegheny at Serra Catholic|
|6:30pm||Kiski Area at Penn-Trafford|
|7:00pm||McKeesport at Yough|
|4:15pm||West Middlesex at Mohawk|