WPIAL SOCCER WATCH
Monday, September 18, 2023
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For the 2023 High School soccer season, we will be using this forum to preview upcoming matches, share news and information and also share more from coaches and players, followed by a final WPIAL Scoreboard to post later that evening or early the following morning.
This week, the majority of the WPIAL girls section matches will be played on Monday and Wednesday, while the boys will take center stage on Tuesday and Thursday.
Can you believe, by midweek, we’ll actually start seeing some section rematches.
The lone remaining schools with girls soccer programs posting unbeaten overall records are:
Class 4A — North Allegheny, Seneca Valley, Upper St. Clair, Peters Twp (one draw)
Class 3A — Mars, Plum (one draw), Montour (two draws)
Class 2A — Avonworth (two draws), Freeport
Class 1A — Springdale, Winchester Thurston
Here’s the most up-to-date overall standings:
There’s still a lot of season left, so it should be fun to see how it all shakes out, as the race for playoff spots and section titles will certainly heat up in the final five weeks.
Here’s a look at two of the big matches on tap Monday, plus the remainder of the schedule below:
Upper St. Clair (7-0-0, 5-0-0 in section) vs Peters Twp
In Class 4A, Section 2, the Upper St. Clair Panthers are off to a very strong start this season, winning its first five matches convincingly, before a pair of section 2-0 wins vs Canon-McMillan and Bethel Park last week. With a win vs neighboring rivals to the south, Peters Township they will finish the first half of section schedule with an unblemished record.
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USC’s scoring has come from many sources this season, but sophomore and Riverhounds Development Academy standout Sierra Dupre, who scored twice in beating Bethel Park last week, is a player that Peters Township will look to shut down. Dupre has also trained with and took part in competition with the U15 U.S. National Soccer Team. The squad recently competed against teams in the Netherlands and Germany this Summer.
In addition to having a talented Dupre leading the attack, Helena Walker, Natalie Disora Kate Moore Abby Mascaro and Ellie Shanholtzer have all contributed to their goal scoring in the past few weeks for the Panthers.
Peters Township, who played in the WPIAL Final last season, losing in a nailbiting Penalty Kick Shootout at Highmark Stadium to North Allegheny, kept pace with Upper St. Clair. The Indians have outscored the opposition, 28-1, with goal scoring contributions coming from Julia Spergel, Cam Klein, Marina Hajnosz, Atleigh Ciprich and Milena Gill, while goalkeeper Molly Kubistek has been solid in goal this season.
Latrobe (4-1-0, 3-1-0 in Section) vs Penn-Trafford (6-1-0, 3-1-0 in Section)
This is an important battle for pair of teams looking to challenge for Section 3 title, but have some work to do, as Plum has ascended into a familiar top spot. This is a section where both schools are among the top four teams which can contend for a section title.
This is a good match-up that features a Latrobe side with talented attacking players, while Penn-Trafford have been quite stingy and organized out of the back thus far this season, allowing just two goals in seven matches.
Latrobe was able to keep pace in the section standings last week, as WVU commit Robin Reilly and freshman Emerson Shine scored to defeat a tough challenge from Franklin Regional. A Class 3A WPIAL semifinalist and PIAA qualifier in 2022, Latrobe has one blemish thus far on its schedule, a 3-2 loss vs first-place Plum.
Penn-Trafford is in the mix, with just one loss this season, to Franklin Regional, 1-0.
We’ll see what gives in this match-up on Monday, but one thing is for certain, Penn-Trafford, Franklin Regional and Latrobe will all give Plum a run for their money in Section 3.
WPIAL GIRLS SOCCER SCHEDULE (9/18/2023)
|Section 1 (4A)|
|8:00pm||Fox Chapel at Butler|
|7:00pm||North Allegheny at Allderdice|
|7:30pm||Pine-Richland at North Hills|
|7:30pm||Shaler at Seneca Valley|
|Section 2 (4A)|
|7:30pm||Canon-McMillan at Bethel Park|
|6:30pm||Hempfield at Baldwin|
|7:45pm||Norwin at Mt. Lebanon|
|7:45pm||Upper St. Clair at Peters Township|
|Section 1 (3A)|
|7:30pm||Armstrong at Hampton|
|7:00pm||Mars at Kiski Area|
|3:30pm||Oakland Catholic at Obama Academy|
|Section 2 (3A)|
|7:00pm||Connellsville at Albert Gallatin|
|7:30pm||Elizabeth Forward at Thomas Jefferson|
|7:30pm||Ringgold at Laurel Highlands|
|7:00pm||Uniontown at Belle Vernon|
|Section 3 (3A)|
|6:30pm||Greensburg Salem at Gateway|
|6:30pm||Latrobe at Penn-Trafford|
|7:30pm||Plum at Franklin Regional|
|Section 4 (3A)|
|6:00pm||Chartiers Valley at Montour|
|7:30pm||Moon at Blackhawk|
|7:30pm||Trinity at South Fayette|
|Section 1 (2A)|
|7:30pm||Ambridge at Avonworth|
|7:30pm||North Catholic at Central Valley|
|7:00pm||Quaker Valley at Beaver Area|
|Section 2 (2A)|
|7:30pm||Apollo-Ridge at Burrell|
|7:00pm||Knoch at Freeport|
|7:00pm||Valley at Deer Lakes|
|Section 3 (2A)|
|7:00pm||East Allegheny at Southmoreland|
|7:00pm||Mount Pleasant at Yough|
|6:00pm||Woodland Hills at Ligonier Valley|
|Section 4 (2A)|
|7:00pm||McGuffey at Keystone Oaks|
|7:00pm||Shady Side Academy at West Mifflin|
|7:30pm||South Park at Brownsville|
|Section 1 (1A)|
|7:00pm||Jeannette at Springdale|
|7:00pm||Serra Catholic at Seton LaSalle|
|6:00pm||Steel Valley at Greensburg Central Catholic|
|Section 2 (1A)|
|4:00pm||Beth-Center at Monessen|
|6:00pm||Charleroi at South Allegheny|
|7:00pm||Chartiers-Houston at Bentworth|
|Section 3 (1A)|
|7:00pm||Eden Christian at Freedom|
|4:15pm||South Side Beaver at Mohawk|
|Section 4 (1A)|
|3:45pm||Bishop Canevin at Aquinas Academy|
|5:30pm||Ellis School at Our Lady of Sacred Heart|
|7:00pm||Winchester Thurston at Carlynton|
|7:00pm||Hopewell at West Allegheny|
WPIAL Boys Soccer Schedule (9/18/2023)
Section 1 (3A)
6:30pm Hampton at North Catholic
Section 4 (3A)
7:30pm Penn Hills at Plum
5:00pm Bentworth at Brownsville
6:30pm Ligonier Valley at Greensburg Salem
7:00pm Brentwood at California
7:30pm Hopewell at Montour