Season ends for Mount Pleasant, GCC in PIAA girls soccer semis

Both the Vikings and Centurions were shut out on Wednesday

Thu Nov 17, 2022 - 8:31AM

Sean Meyers Sean Meyers

Last Updated: Thu Nov 17, 2022 - 8:37AM

General McLane 3 Mount Pleasant Area 0 (2A Semifinal)

Mount Pleasant could not solve the stifling defense of General McLane, as the Lancers claimed a 3-0 victory in the semifinals of the PIAA Class 2A bracket at Slippery Rock High School on Wednesday. General McLane, the runner-up from District 10, received the clean sheet from keeper Bella Dibble, who recorded five saves. Brooklyn Respecki anchored the offensive attack for the Lancers, as she provided a pair of goals, including the lone goal of the first half. With General McLane staked to a 1-0 edge in the second half, Sam Johnson scored off a corner in the 51st minute, and Respecki sealed the outcome with another marker with 11 minutes remaining. Mount Pleasant, which reached the state semifinals for the first time in team history, concludes the 2022 campaign with a mark of 21-3-0. General McLane (16-5-1), meanwhile, advances to the PIAA Class 2A championship and will battle Central Columbia on Saturday at Eagle View Middle School in Mechanicsburg.

Freedom Area 3 Greensburg Central Catholic 0 (1A Semifinal)

For the second time in the past few weeks, Greensburg Central Catholic’s championship aspirations came to a conclusion at the hands of Freedom Area, as the Bulldogs bested the Centurions 3-0 in the PIAA Class 1A semifinals on Wednesday at Gateway High School. The WPIAL champion Bulldogs also knocked off GCC 4-3 in overtime of the WPIAL semifinals in late October. The rematch was less dramatic, as it was dominated by Shaye Bailey, who scored a hat trick for Freedom. Bailey wasted little time in setting the tone, as she scored twice in the first 18 minutes of the match. In the second half, she put the exclamation point on the victory by completing the hat trick in the 63rd minute. Additionally, Bulldogs keeper Trinity Votjko notched the clean sheet, making five saves. Conversely, Centurions goalie Leah Jones recorded six stops. Greensburg Central Catholic, which was held scoreless for the first time all season, ends the campaign with a mark of 15-5-0, coming up one win shy of the third consecutive trip to the state title game. The Bulldogs (20-4-0), meanwhile, will battle District 4 runner-up Southern Columbia for PIAA gold on Friday at Eagle View Middle School in Mechanicsburg.