Monday's Westmoreland Sports Notebook

Local teams advance in soccer playoffs; 9 county teams receive volleyball seeds; Greensburg Salem off to great PIHL start

Mon Oct 24, 2022 - 6:37PM

Sean Meyers Sean Meyers

Last Updated: Mon Oct 24, 2022 - 6:38PM

Six more football teams qualify for playoffs

Entering Week Eight of the WPIAL football season, four Westmoreland County teams had already clinched playoff spots. That total more than doubled after this past weekend, as six additional county teams qualified for the postseason. Greater Latrobe, Mount Pleasant Area, Southmoreland, Burrell, Jeannette, and Monessen all joined the playoff field. The Wildcats, despite a loss at home to McKeesport Area that evened their record to 3-3 in the Class 4A Big Seven Conference, clinched with a loss by Connellsville Area. In the Class 3A Interstate Conference, the Vikings and Scotties are both in. Mount Pleasant Area qualified courtesy of its 42-0 home win against South Allegheny, while Southmoreland clinched as a result of losses by both the Gladiators and Greensburg Salem. Mount Pleasant Area and Southmoreland are each 2-2 in the conference. Burrell punched its postseason ticket as a result of the Buccaneers 30-8 win at Derry Area in the Class 2A Allegheny Conference. With a mark of 3-3, the Bucs are tied for fourth place. In the Class 1A Eastern Conference, Jeannette’s 35-7 home win against Springdale secured a postseason berth for the Jayhawks. At 3-2, Jeannette sits in fourth in the conference. Lastly, despite its 26-18 loss at first-place Mapletown, Monessen clinched in the Class 1A Tri-County South because of Beth-Center’s setback. The Greyhounds are in a three-way tie for second place at 4-2. Additionally, Penn-Trafford remains alive in the Class 5A playoff picture heading into the final week of the regular season, as the Warriors could gain a wild card spot with a win.

GCC, PT girls; Kiski Area boys advance in WPIAL soccer postseason

The WPIAL girls and boys soccer playoffs commenced on Saturday, and several Westmoreland County teams were in action. The area teams that advanced into the next round were the Greensburg Central Catholic and Penn-Trafford girls, as well as the Kiski Area boys. The fifth-seeded Centurions cruised to a 6-1 win against No. 12 Riverside in the Class 1A first-round matchup at Peters Township. Riley Kerr, Ella Machusko, Jiana Patterson, Jillian Botti, Sara Felder, and Sophia Fisher all scored for GCC, which advances to the quarterfinals to play at No. 4 Chartiers-Houston on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. In 3A, the No. 16 Warriors ousted No. 17 Connellsville Area 3-1 in the preliminary round. Emelie Oslosky netted a pair of goals, and Jess Gadagno added a goal and a helper for Penn-Trafford, which will travel to play top-seeded Mars Area tonight at 6:30 p.m. On the boys side, the fifth-seeded Cavaliers edged No. 12 Gateway 2-0 in the 3A bracket. Homestanding Kiski Area received second-half markers from Cole Fluman and Anders Bordoy, while Maddox Anderson earned the clean sheet in net. As a result, Kiski Area will host No. 13 Montour on Wednesday at 8 p.m. The Spartans advanced courtesy of their 2-1 upset win against No. 4 Franklin Regional. Penn-Trafford also fell in the Class 3A first round, as the No. 14 Warriors sustained a 2-0 defeat against third-seeded Thomas Jefferson. First-round matches in other classifications begin tonight.

Nine county teams receive volleyball seeds

The WPIAL girls volleyball playoff brackets were revealed last week, and the nine Westmoreland County squads will commence postseason play this week. In Class 4A, Penn-Trafford, Norwin, and Hempfield Area all made the bracket. The Warriors garnered the No. 4 seed, and will host No. 13 Butler Area on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. At that same time, the ninth-seeded Knights will travel to face No. 8 Bethel Park, while the No. 11 Spartans will play at sixth-seeded Peters Township. The quarterfinals are slated for Thursday. In the 3A field, Greater Latrobe and Franklin Regional are both in the mix. The Wildcats garnered the No. 3 seed, and on Wednesday, GL will host the winner of a preliminary round match. That preliminary contest pits the No. 19 Panthers against No. 14 Blackhawk, to be played tonight at 7:30 at North Allegheny High School. The Class 2A postseason includes Burrell, Derry Area, and Southmoreland. The Buccaneers, seeded 12th, will battle No. 21 Fort Cherry tonight at 6 p.m. at North Allegheny High School, with the winner advancing to play fifth-seeded Quaker Valley on Wednesday. The Trojans are seeded No. 14 and will battle No. 19 Seton-LaSalle tonight at Penn Hills High School at 6 p.m., with the victorious team moving on to play No. 3 Avonworth on Wednesday. Also, No. 15 Southmoreland will face No. 18 Hopewell tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Peters Township High School, with the winner advancing to play second-seeded Shenango on Wednesday. In the Class 1A bracket, Greensburg Central Catholic earned the third seed, as the Centurions will play No. 14 West Greene at Penn-Trafford High School on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The winner will advance to the quarterfinals on Thursday. All of the WPIAL girls volleyball championship matches will occur on Nov. 5 at the UPMC Events Center at Robert Morris University.

Undefeated Golden Lions hockey continues dominance

Greensburg Salem hockey continued its torrid start to the PIHL season last week, as the Golden Lions remained perfect with an 8-0 win against Freeport Area. Playing at home at the Kirk Nevin Arena in Greensburg on Thursday, the Golden Lions scored three goals in the first period, and added four more in the second. Seven different players scored goals, with Chase Kushner recording a two-goal effort. Additionally, Mikey Kingerski had a goal and an assist, while Owen Tutich dished out four assists. At 3-0-0, Greensburg Salem has six points and is tied for second in the Class A Blue Division.

Griffins WSOC clinches postseason spot

Seton Hill University women’s soccer secured a postseason spot on Saturday, as the Griffins notched a 2-1 win at the University of Pitt-Johnstown. The deciding goal came just before regulation concluded, as Mikayla Moyer scored in the 89th minute for the Griffins. Natalie Maver also tallied on a penalty kick in the first half for Seton Hill. As a result, Seton Hill improved to 6-2-6 in the PSAC West, and with 24 points, the Griffins secured a finish in the top four of the division.