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WPIAL Soccer First Round Boys Class 2A Playoff Schedule and Match Snippets

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The WPIAL Boys Soccer playoffs began over the weekend, as both Class 1A and 3A kicked off their respective tournaments with first round action.

On Monday, it’s turn for Class 2A chaos to get started.

In Class 2A, South Park are once again the top seed this year.  Head Coach Jon Cantwell is hoping that this year, his team can come out to a strong start.   Right behind South Park are two programs that have won Class 2A titles in recent years, Quaker Valley and Deer Lakes.

Below, we take a quick look at each of the eight matches in Boys Class 2A that will be played on Monday — all kicking off at 7 p.m. — and all at the side of the teams with the higher seeding.



#16 Yough at #1 South Park

Since the opening matches at the Pine-Richland tournament, through being unbeaten in section play, South Park has been playing like a team on a mission.   Yough comes into the playoff match-up winners of three straight, and four of its last six.



#9 Mount Pleasant vs #8 Keystone Oaks (at Dormont Stadium)

Speaking of being in good form, Keystone Oaks has won six straight matches, with its last loss, coming to South Park, by 3-1 margin.  Mt. Pleasant’s only two 1-0 losses to Section champion Belle Vernon came against Class 2A competition, and they’ve surrendered three goals in its last eight matches against Class 2A opponents.



#13 McGuffey at #4 Avonworth

Avonworth broke into the top four seeds thanks in large part to earning a co-section title and beating Quaker Valley in the return match.  McGuffey has posted a solid record overall (12-6) and a plus-30 goal differential, and have a signature win against section champs, Belle Vernon.



#15 Jeannette at #2 Quaker Valley

The Quakers always play a tough schedule, so, they should be prepared for the postseason, as they chase their 11th district title (WPIAL), which would pull them into a tie with Springdale. Jeannette has played in more high scoring matches than any other playoff team encountered, so things may be pretty open-ended in this match.




#14 Hopewell at #3 Deer Lakes

Deer Lakes won the WPIAL title last year with heroics coming from underclassmen. With a host of returning players with championship pedigree, the Lancers will be a tough out.  Hopewell finished fourth in one of the toughest sections, pound-for-pound is as good as any in 2A, as they played Quaker Valley, Avonworth and last year’s runner-up, Beaver Area, to mostly tight, close matches.



#10 Elizabeth Forward at #7 Knoch

This may be one of the best potential match-ups in the first round.

Elizabeth Forward and Knoch were always in the mix against top section rivals this season, and now they’ll face each other.  The Warriors won five of its final six section matches, while Knoch have won six straight matches heading into the postseason, and will have home field advantage in what should be a tight contest.



#12 East Allegheny at #5 Belle Vernon

Belle Vernon gets to stay at the beach — that is — on their home field for the first round, earning a fifth seed, even as one of four section champions in Class 2A.  Belle Vernon wrapped up section title with a playoff feel, 1-0 win, vs Mt. Pleasant on October 12.  BV has only allowed six goals all season against section competition.  East Allegheny stumbled down the stretch, with three of its four losses coming late in the season but they secured a playoff spot by beating Woodland Hills, then topped Class 1A 3rd Seed, Burrell, 2-1, last week.




#11 Beaver Area at #6 Shady Side Academy

This is also a pretty intriguing match-up, as Beaver Area were the surprise team in 2A last season, upsetting section rival Quaker Valley in PK shootout, then made it to the WPIAL finals for the first time in program history.  Can they do it again?  They’ll have to knock off Ed Ellsworth’s Shady Side group that did hand Deer Lakes its only loss vs 2A side this season, but also stumbled, losing to Knoch and playing Jeannette to a draw later in the season.

Boys 2A Playoff Schedule

  • 1st Round:                      Monday, October 23 (at highest seed)
  • Quarterfinal Round     Thursday, October 26 (at highest seed)
  • Semifinal Round          Monday, October 30 (TBA)
  • Final                                TBA (at Highmark Stadium)

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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