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

The Girls Class 2A tournament kicks off on Tuesday with an eight-match opening round.

Two-time defending champions, Avonworth, will be the top seed in the classification but will have plenty of competition with a strong field, especially the top four teams, but chances are that both Avonworth and North Catholic will go into this tournament as the prohibitive favorites.  Either one or both of these schools have been represented in the Girls Class 2A Final since 2019.

When the brackets came out last week, we had Ed Rosensteel and OLSH Head Coach Paige Petroval on the Kids on the Pitch Podcast.

WPIAL Girls Soccer Playoff Brackets are out! Reaction with Ed Rosensteel and OLSH’s Paige Petroval


Girls Class 2A First Round Playoff Schedule

8:00pm #16 Yough at #1 Avonworth

Yough was the WPIAL runner-up, back in 2019, but this year, they earned the last spot in Section 3.

Avonworth, the two-time defending champs, earned the top seed, despite a setback to section rival North Catholic.

8:00pm #15 Woodland Hills vs #2 North Catholic at Freedom

North Catholic’s only other loss this season (besides to Avonworth) was to 3A top seed Mars, 1-0, so they’re ready to make a run to the top of 2A again.  With Woodland Hills this season, it’s been feast or famine in terms of results, as they struggled vs playoff teams, but still finished with a winning record.



7:00pm #14 West Mifflin at #3 Mount Pleasant

By our estimation, Mt. Pleasant, the only team to go unbeaten and untied this season, could very well be a number one seed.  West Mifflin finished the season by winning four of its last seven matches.

8:00pm #9 Quaker Valley vs #8 Southmoreland

This should be one of the best matches of the first round.  Quaker Valley played all of the top teams (including Avonworth and North Catholic) very tough, and may be the more battle tested side.  Southmoreland ended its season with an impressive non-section win vs Bentworth, 2-1.

7:00pm #12 Knoch at #5 South Park

Head Coach TJ Obrien’s South Park Eagles have probably played one of the toughest out of section schedules around, as that should have them ready for this tournament.  Knoch stumble into the playoffs, having lost its last two, but are a stingy defensive team, that has only surrendered 13 goals in section (20 overall) this season.



7:00pm #11 Keystone Oaks at #6 Burrell

This might be a better match-up than the seedings indicate, as Keystone Oaks has been competitive against numerous playoff teams, but it has been an excellent season for Burrell, who have won seven of its last nine matches.  They sure would also love another crack at section champions, Freeport, who they lost to twice by 2-1 scores.

6:00pm Deer Lakes  at Shady Side Academy

Hard to believe that Deer Lakes and SSA are not in the same section being their relative close proximity.  SSA finished its season strong winning 9 of its last 11, with one loss (to South Park) and one draw.  Deer Lakes are also in good form, winning five of its last seven, with only one loss in that stretch, and they own a win vs Section champs Freeport.

8:00pm Beaver Area at Freeport

As mentioned above, Freeport proved to be the class of section, by a half game edge over Burrell.  They’ve won eight straight matches to close the season, only surrendering three goals in its last seven.  Like Quaker Valley, Beaver Area had to run the gauntlet of playing North Catholic and Avonworth a combined four times, and should be prepared to face teams with attacking talent.



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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