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Notes on WPIAL soccer playoffs


Two things to note from the ongoing WPIAL boys and girls soccer tournaments.

>>First one’s a trivia question: Name the one girls soccer team besides Peters Township to have reached the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals each of the past five years (2009-13).
Bethel Park? Upper St. Clair? Seneca Valley?
No, no and no.
With Saturday’s win over No. 8 Norwin — Abby Gillespie scored the deciding goal in penalty kicks — the ninth-seeded Big Macs and the Indians became the only teams to each the quarterfinals every year since 2009.
Norwin also had its 13-year streak of making the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals snapped.
Canon-McMillan (13-3-3) plays at top-seeded Seneca Valley (13-2-1) Wednesday.

>>In the Seneca Valley boys soccer team’s 4-0 home win over Allderdice Monday night, senior goalkeeper Colton Smith recorded his 10th shutout of the season to break the previous school record.
The second-seeded Raiders (15-2-1) face No. 7 Peters Township in the quarterfinals. Seneca Valley has allowed two goals over its past nine matches, eight of them wins. The lone exception was a 1-0 home loss to Class AA No. 1 West Allegheny to close the regular season on Oct. 15.

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Will be out at Chartiers Valley Wednesday for Fox Chapel/Upper St. Clair girls early, Peters Township/Pine-Richland girls late. Thursday will be Baldwin for South Fayette/Laurel Highlands boys early, Central Catholic/Baldwin boys late.
–Jason Mackey

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