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WPIAL Soccer Girls Class 3A Quarterfinal Round Scoreboard: It’s a Section Four Takeover as Moon, South Fayette, Montour advance along with No. 1 Mars

Following the WPIAL Soccer Girls Class 3A tournament quarterfinal round on Thursday, one common theme popped up — the top three teams from Section 4 are all pretty good.

That’s right, Moon, South Fayette and Montour all advanced, while No. 1 Mars also moved on to the semifinal round, despite getting a stern test against No. 9 Elizabeth Forward.

WPIAL Soccer Girls Class 3A Quarterfinal Round Results

Mars 1, Elizabeth Forward 0 

Moon 1, Latrobe 0 

Sydney Felton’s corner shot found the back of the net early in the second half for the game’s only goal, and Serayah Leech posted the 51st shutout of her high school career to lead Moon (13-1-2).

Montour 2, Plum 0 

Behind a pair of goals from Grace Bannon and a sterling performance by goalkeeper Allison Armitage, No. 7 Montour upset No. 2 Plum, 2-0, in the WPIAL Class 3A girls soccer quarterfinals Thursday night.

The Spartans (14-2-3) ended Plum’s undefeated season at 16-1-1 and advanced to play No. 3 Moon in Tuesday’s semifinal.

South Fayette 3, Thomas Jefferson 0

Emily Sinton, Abbey Spalla and Olivia Renk with the South Fayette goals.

Semifinal Round Schedule (10/31/2023): 

#1 Mars vs  #5 South Fayette

#7 Montour vs #3 Moon

Final (TBA @HighmarkStadium): 

First Round Results (10/23/2023): 

FINAL Latrobe 3, West Allegheny 1
FINAL South Fayette 5, Penn-Trafford 0
FINAL Thomas Jefferson 4, Oakland Catholic 0
FINAL Mars 6, Laurel Highlands 0
FINAL Plum 6 Kiski Area 1
FINAL Montour 1, Franklin Regional 0  (AET-2)
FINAL Elizabeth Forward 2, Hampton 0
FINAL  Moon 3, Connellsville 0

WPIAL Soccer Girls Class 3A First Round Playoff Scoreboard (10/23/2023)

WPIAL Soccer Girls Class 3A Quarterfinal Round Match Capsules



at Thomas Jefferson

#5 South Fayette at #4 Thomas Jefferson

Rosters: South Fayette | Thomas Jefferson

How they got here: South Fayette rolled to an impressive, 5-0 win vs Penn-Trafford, while Thomas Jefferson had their way against Oakland Catholic, 4-0.

Key Players: Which side will give, as both showed their attacking prowess and ability to shut down strong opponents on Monday night.  Sami Maglicco and Natalie Lamenza are the dynamic scoring duo for the Jaguars, combining for 51 goals during the regular season.  South Fayette only conceded five goals in section play, which is saying something being that they’re in same section as Moon and Montour (where the top three teams have surrendered a COMBINED 26 goals all season), as defender Anna Fraps has been a key leader out of the back for a program that has really turned heads this season, being the only school to beat Moon in the past two-and-a-half seasons.



at Plum

#7 Montour at #2 Plum 

Rosters:   Plum | Montour

How they got here: Plum had little resistance against Laurel Highlands, rolling and building confidence in a 6-0 win.  Montour, who come out of the ferocious Section 4, were pushed to the limit — and nearly to PKs — by Franklin Regional on Monday, pulling out a 1-0 win in Extra Time.  The goal came in the dying moments of the second period of overtime, as Marin Torrens scored on a header with 13 seconds remaining in the run of play.

Key Players/Match-ups: Ava Weleski  is the big scoring threat for Plum racking up 24 (including playoffs), while Montour, doesn’t budge either in terms of surrendering goals, having allowed 11 all season, and relies on balanced scoring, with a host of all-Section honorees including Cyanovich sisters (Marlo and Mia) creating havoc in the midfield, under the direction of Head Coach Alex Hobbs, who had success winning a WPIAL title as the boys coach in 2017.  This is a quarterfinal contest with two teams that know each other pretty well as it is a rematch of a 3-3 tie Sept. 9 at Plum. Smith scored twice in that game for the Mustangs, and Weleski added a goal and two assists. Junior Grace Bannon and seniors Riley Hall and Caitlyn Sill had goals for the Spartans. It also is a return match from last year’s quarterfinals, a game won by Plum, 2-1 .



at Moon

#6 Latrobe at #3 Moon

Rosters: MoonGreater Latrobe

 How they got here: Moon shutout Connellsville, 3-0, while Latrobe defeated Moon’s section rival, West Allegheny by a 3-1 score line.

Key Players/Match-ups:  This is definitely a match that features two experienced teams that could have easily met in the semifinal round or further in this tournament.  The key storyline to keep an eye on is high-scoring Latrobe attack (68 goals this season) which features the Reilly sisters (Reagan has 15 goals, Robin 13) and Annalyse Bauer against Moon’s goalkeeper Serayah Leech, who posted her 50th (!!!!) career shutout in the first round win.  Leech, an IUP commit, has been the primary keeper for the Tigers since her freshman season, winning a pair of WPIAL and PIAA titles along the way.



at Mars

#9 Elizabeth Forward at #1 Mars 

Rosters:  Mars  |  Elizabeth Forward

How they got here: Top-seeded Mars defeated Kiski Area, 6-1, as Rosie Pellegrino led the way with a hat trick, and Addi Girdwood had a goal and two assists. Elizabeth Forward defeated Mars’ section rival, Hampton, 2-0, with goals coming from Giovanna Ferraro and Brooklyn Baldensperger.

Key Players/Match-ups:  Mars doesn’t concede many goals— actually they’ve only conceded ONE goal a, so we’re pretty sure that veteran HC Blair Gerlich will have tactics and personnel in place to shut down EF’s Baldensperger, who is one of the WPIAL’s best scorers with 33 goals in the regular season (plus her goal on Monday night). Mars have always been clinical in/around the box, and rely on balanced scoring, with Girdwood leading the way with 16 total goals this season (including the playoffs)

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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