It was down to the final eight teams in WPIAL Soccer Boys Class 2A tournament when the night began, and by the end, the four teams remaining included South Park, Quaker Valley, Avonworth and Shady Side Academy who advanced
WPIAL Soccer Boys Class 2A Quarterfinal Round Scoreboard
South Park 3, Keystone Oaks 1
Next Game Monday.
— South Park Boys Soccer (@sphsbsoccer_) October 27, 2023
Avonworth 4, Belle Vernon 1
WPIAL Post Match Reaction @AvonworthMSoc HC Tom Angell after his team’s 4-1 WPIAL Boys Class 2A Final win vs Belle Vernon
— Pittsburgh Soccer Now (@pghsoccernow) October 27, 2023
Shady Side Academy 3, Hopewell 1
— SSA Boys Soccer (@ssa_soccer) October 27, 2023
Quaker Valley 7, Elizabeth Forward 0
Elizabeth Forward: 0 pic.twitter.com/5tXZd9IodW
— Quaker Valley Boys Soccer (@qv_soccer) October 27, 2023
Boys Class 2A Semifinal Round (Monday, October 30)
#1 South Park vs #4 Avonworth
#2 Quaker Valley vs #6 Shady Side Academy
Boys Class 2A Championship Game (TBA @ Highmark Stadium)
Boys Class 2A First Round Results (Monday, October 23)
FINAL South Park 2, Yough 0
FINAL Keystone Oaks 2, Mt. Pleasant 1
FINAL Avonworth 4, McGuffey 0
FINAL Quaker Valley 9, Jeannette 1
FINAL Hopewell 4, Deer Lakes 0
FINAL Elizabeth Forward 3, Knoch 1
FINAL Belle Vernon 2, East Allegheny 2 (AET2 – Belle Vernon advances in PK shootout)
FINAL Shady Side Academy 3, Beaver Area 0
WPIAL Soccer Boys Class 2A Quarterfinal Round Match Capsules
at South Park
#8 Keystone Oaks at #1 South Park
How they got here: Top seeded South Park defeated Yough, 2-0, while section rival Keystone Oaks defeated Mt. Pleasant, 2-1.
In two previous section matches, South Park won 2-0, and 3-1.
Key Players: Kaiden Fischer — a non-stop, speedy winger/forward, is South Park’s leading scorer, with 17 goals in the regular season. Keystone Oaks senior midfielder Cy Garcia was named to the 2023 Class 3A All-WPIAL team.
#5 Belle Vernon at #4 Avonworth
How they got here: Belle Vernon was pushed to a penalty kick shootout, but escaped with a win vs East Allegheny, while Avonworth, c0-champs of Section 4, beat McGuffey, 4-0.
Key Players: BVA’s Trevor Kovatch is the second leading goal scorer in the WPIAL, with 47 goals this season. Avonworth has a balanced attack, led by Calder Mahan, who scored 10 times this season.
at Quaker Valley
#10 Elizabeth Forward at #2 Quaker Valley
How they got here: Elizabeth Forward knocked off Knoch, 3-1 to advance, while 10-time WPIAL champions Quaker Valley got off to a good start to the tournament, posting a 9-1 win against Jeanette on Monday.
Key Players: Quaker Valley has a balanced attack led by Kiril Grin (14 goals), Nick Allen (13) and Bennett Haas (11). Will Sinay leads the Warriors attack with 14 goals.
at Shady Side Academy
#14 Hopewell at #6 Shady Side Academy
How they got here: Shady Side shut out Beaver Area, 3-0, on Monday, while Hopewell pulled off the upset of the Boys 3A bracket so far, stunning defending Champions Deer Lakes, with a stunning 4-0 result.
Key Players: Amir Awais leads SSA in goals, with an impressive 34 tallies — good for third in the WPIAL — while Hopewell’s Chris Colonna has put it in the back of the net 16 times this season.