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Kids on the Pitch Podcast: Gearing up for WPIAL Soccer Finals plus Quaker Valley senior forward Bennett Haas on being deaf, yet knowing no boundaries

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In the latest edition of Kids on the Pitch Podcast, Pittsburgh Soccer Now’s John Krysinsky provides a quick rundown of the WPIAL Soccer Finals, which kickoff  Thursday night, at Highmark Stadium, plus brings on Quaker Valley’s senior forward, Bennett Haas, who has scored six goals in the past two matches to help lead the Quakers to the WPIAL Boys Class 2A Finals.

Haas shares his thoughts on the playoff experience thus far, his team’s preparations for the District Championship game, but also opens up about being born deaf, and being one of the first-ever bilateral Cochlear Implant recipients at just six months of age — and his experiences growing up and being a student-athlete in mainstream school and sports settings.

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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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