Preview / Calendar: WPIAL Girls 4A and 1A semi-final
WPIAL Girls Class 4A Schedule
Semi-final – Monday, November 1, 2021
- Fox Chapel (9) vs Seneca Valley (4) at North Allegheny – 6 p.m. DIRECT
- Moon (2) vs Peters Twp (6) at Montour – 8 p.m. DIRECT
Championship at Highmark Stadium – Thursday November 4, 2021 – 8 p.m.
WPIAL Girls Class 1A timetable
Semi final – Monday November 1
- Freedom (5) vs Greensburg Central Catholic (1) at West Mifflin – 6 p.m. DIRECT
- Steel Valley (3) vs Springdale (2) at Gateway – 6 p.m. DIRECT
Championship at Highmark Stadium – Friday November 5 – 6 p.m.
Class 4A Overview / Key Scenarios
Fox Chapel (10-7-1) vs Seneca Valley (15-3-2) at North Allegheny – 6 p.m. (DIRECT)
Fox Chapel was the Cinderella of this year’s Class 4A race, scoring spectacular road wins without scoring a goal in regulation or in game racing.
That’s right – they advanced by winning a pair of shots on goal, first at Bethel Park and then against the two reigning WPIAL champions North Allegheny.
To do so, the Foxes, who finished third in Section 3 behind Latrobe and Norwin, made it difficult for her opponents to find scoring opportunities, while goaltender Molly McNaughton was superb, all by making a few PK stops. in these shootings.
Seneca Valley knocked out No. 13 Penn-Trafford, 6-0, then No. 5 Norwin, 4-3 in overtime, to advance to the semi-finals.
The Raiders have won nine in a row since losing back-to-back losses to North Allegheny and Norwin in late September.
Moon (14-1-1) vs Peters Township (11-3-3), in Montour – 8 p.m. (DIRECT)
This will be the third time these two section rivals have met this season, and if the previous games were any indication of what could come, it should be a great game.
Moon won both times, but they were hotly contested battles (2-0, 1-0).
Bill Pfeifer, the all-time winning leader in PIAA women’s football history, has returned to coach the Tigers since winning back-to-back titles in 2016 and 2017, and knew he had a good team capable of going far. year, but needed to gain confidence during the regular season.
Those wins came against his next closest rival in Section 2, Peters Township, including on October 4 when Hailey Longwell converted his luck at the end of the first half and then goalkeeper Serayah Leech made some big saves in a game that could have gone either way.
Peters surprised in the quarter-finals, beating Section 3 champions Latrobe 2-0. They also beat Pine-Richland, 4-0 in the first round
Moon advanced to the semi-finals by beating last year’s runner-up, No. 7 Butler, in another close game, 1-0, on Thursday.
Class 1A Overview / Key Scenarios
Greensburg Central Catholic (14-1-1) vs Freedom (14-4-0) at West Mifflin (DIRECT)
These two teams met earlier this season in an out-of-section game that gave scorers and scorecard operators big headaches, as Greensburg Central Catholic won, 8-6, on September 13.
The Centurians can shed some light on it, but they also showed last year that once games get tighter and more contested, they can suppress and play solid defense.
GCC had to do it Thursday in testing against Riverside, needing a golden goal in first-year overtime Riley Kerr to win 2-1.
Meanwhile, Colin Williams’ team Freedom continued their attacking prowess, after a 7-1 first-round victory over Aquinas Academy, the Bulldogs crushed Section 4 champion Bishop Canevin by an impressive 9-0 margin. .
Leading the way to freedom is Renae Mohrbacher, who has scored 165 career goals,
Freedom’s only losses this season came against GCC in early September, then against teams above them in the classification (Montour, Blackhawk and Oakland Catholic).
It is safe to say that the Seeding Committee did a disservice to Central Catholic Greensburg No.1 by putting the liberty on its side of the parenthesis.
There is no doubt that there should be plenty of fireworks in store for this game.
Steel Valley (16-3-0) vs Springdale (18-1-0) at West Mifflin – 6 p.m. (DIRECT)
The key game here is can Springdale slow down Steel Valley senior Kelsey Salopek?
Dynamo is the only team to beat Greensburg Central Catholic number 1 this season (5-1).
Grace Gent led Springdale in regular season scorers with 23 goals, then added another in Dynamo’s 3-2 Class A quarterfinal victory over No.7 Seton LaSalle on Wednesday.
Section 2 champion Steel Valley and Springdale meet for the first time since 2015, when they were both Section 4 members in Class A.
Steel Valley’s path to the semifinals came with strong performances, scoring 19 combined goals in wins over Riverview, No.14, 13-0, and Chartiers-Houston, No.6, 6-2, in the first two. turns.
Steel Valley also reached the WPIAL semifinals a year ago, but they were overturned by OLSH.
Salopek, a 2020 All-State striker and Kent State engagement, is a deadly threat to Steel Valley, as are Soraya Gibbs and Therese Doering.