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WPIAL Girls Soccer Class 3A First Round Schedule and Match Snippets

Here we go again!

The WPIAL Girls Class 3A soccer playoffs get underway on Monday.  Once again, most of the top programs from the past half decade in this classification are near the top of the playoff tournament seedings, however, things have a little different feel to them in 2023.

Mare has been the lone team to finish without a loss or tie, so they have seized the number one seed, as they hope to regain the 3A mantle that they owned from 2018-2021, before Moon came down from 4A, and wrestled it away last year.

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Last week, after the Brackets were announced, we were joined by Ed Rosensteel (current Ringgold HC & PSN Contributor), who helped us breakdown the Girls 3A field.

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(Highest seeds are hosting)



#11 West Allegheny vs #6 Latrobe

With WVU commit Robin Reilly as a goal scoring threat, and a talented surrounding cast, Latrobe enters this year’s tournament a confident team, with experience having made runs to the WPIAL semifinal round and PIAA quarterfinals a season ago.  West Allegheny’s had to play through the gauntlet of a section, facing Moon, South Fayette and Montour a combined six times, so, if anything, they’ll be battle tested having come from such a tough section.



#12 Penn-Trafford vs #5 South Fayette

South Fayette became the first team to beat Moon in more than two years, while Penn-Trafford had to navigate a tough section of its own, and coming out of it with a 6-6 record.  What a turnaround it’s been for South Fayette, who lost four of its first seven matches, but have been in great form, going unbeaten in its last 10 matches, including a win and draw against Moon, who still edged them for the section title.



#13 Oakland Catholic vs Thomas Jefferson

Oakland Catholic has a fairly recent history of WPIAL tournament upsets, and now they’ll face a Thomas Jefferson side that hasn’t lost a match since its opener, against West Allegheny, including a perfect 14-0 mark to win Section 2. The Jags have posted nine clean sheets this season, while Oakland Catholic tend to play low scoring, tight contests against top competition, so this could very well be a match where one play could make a difference.



#16 Laurel Highlands vs #1 Mars

The Planets are once again zoned in on making another WPIAL Finals appearance, as they made it in all but two Class 3A (or 2A before they went to four classifications), finals since Highmark Stadium opened.  To earn a playoff spot, Laurel Highlands had to battle off competition from other Section 2 contenders that have been playoff regulars, including Belle Vernon and Ringgold.



#15 Kiski Area vs #2 Plum

Moon wasn’t the only team that finished the season without a loss, as Plum overcame challenges from top teams in section, while its only non-win was a draw vs Montour in a non-section match.  The Mustangs have only surrendered three goals in its last 11 matches.  If they can stay organized, Kiski Area has given some other playoff teams tough contests, including battling Mars in a 1-0 loss earlier in the season and played two extra time scoreless affairs with Oakland Catholic.



#12 Franklin Regional vs #5 Montour

Franklin Regional has only lost close matches to top teams in his classification, thus are battle tested for any tough postseason matches.  Montour has been lights out defensively for the most part this season. The Spartans came awfully close to taking the section title, but they conceded a strike from distance in second period of extra time to lose their second match to Moon.



#9 Elizabeth Forward vs #8 Hampton

EF is in really good form heading into the tournament, having won 10 of its last 11 matches, with one exception, a wild, 5-4 shootout with section champs Thomas Jefferson.  The Talbots head into the postseason having won four in a row, and six of the last seven, with their one loss coming in a non-section match vs playoff-bound Thomas Jefferson.

7:00pm #14 Connellsville vs #3 Moon

It’s possible that the best thing for the defending WPIAL and PIAA champions, Moon, has been having very tough competition in section, where they’ve been tested by both South Fayette and Montour, and won the Section title on the strength of Lillian Snyder’s strike from distance in the waning moments of a second Extra Time affair with Montour.  Connellsville comes out of section 2, a bit under the radar as third place side from Section 2, with only two wins vs playoff teams came against Section rival Laurel Highlands.


Monday, October 23  – First Round

Thursday, October 26 – Quarterfinal Round

Tuesday, October 31 – Semifinal Round



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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