What to Watch on WPIAL Sports on November 15, 2022: Mars, Moon girls gear up for a big rematch


Monday, November 14, 2022 | 6:28 p.m

Ten days after being named the most anticipated WPIAL girls soccer championship game in district history, it has become the most anticipated on-court rematch, competing for a spot in the PIAA championship game.

Mars vs Moon II

In the highly anticipated clash between 2021 WPIAL Class 4A Champion Moon and three-time Class 3A titleholder Mars in the Class 3A title match on November 5, senior Tessa Romah scored a 12:33 rebound in the contest and the goal stood as the The Tigers clinched the second district crown in a row with 1:0.

The shutout win was nothing new for Moon (22-0) as the Tigers have now hidden 20 opponents this season.

The loss ended an 80-game unbeaten streak for Mars (19-1). The previous loss was against Blue Mountain in the 2018 PIAA Quarterfinals, 0-1.

The Fightin’ Planets are still the three-time defending champions as they prepare to challenge the Tigers at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in North Allegheny.

Three other WPIAL girls soccer teams are still alive and heading into the PIAA semi-finals on Tuesday.

In Class 2A, WPIAL runner-up Mt. Pleasant will compete against District 10 runner-up General McLane at Slippery Rock High School at 7:00 p.m

In addition to Class 3A, the WPIAL is guaranteed to have a team play for the PIAA Class A Championship when district winner Freedom meets Greensburg Central Catholic at 6:00 p.m. in Gateway. The Bulldogs defeated the Centurions 4-3 in the Quarterfinals.

Hard deeds to follow

Last fall, the WPIAL enjoyed a feast as the boys’ soccer state buffet, winning an unprecedented three PIAA championships with Hampton in Class 3A, Quaker Valley in Class 2A and Winchester Thurston in Class A.

Heading into Tuesday’s state semifinals, District 7 is down to just two boys’ soccer teams.

One of them is Winchester Thurston. The Bears are scheduled to take on District 5 champion McConnellsburg at 6:00 p.m. at Richland High School in Johnstown.

In Class 4A, WPIAL runner-up Seneca Valley meets District 1 runner-up Conestoga at 5 p.m. in Chambersburg.

While Winchester Thurston is on the hunt for a second straight Class A state title, Seneca Valley is trying to win a second PIAA 4A championship in the past three years.

five for three

Five WPIAL teams remain alive in three classifications in the 2022 PIAA Girls Volleyball Playoffs.

On Tuesday, two of them will fight for a place in the finals in classes 4A and 3A.

It’s a rematch of the WPIAL 4A Championship at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Fox Chapel when champion Pine-Richland battles runner-up North Allegheny.

Silver is an odd color for the Tigers volleyball team.

NA has won four of the last six WPIAL 4A titles and five consecutive PIAA crowns.

Aside from losing to Pine-Richland 10 days ago, the only other year North Allegheny didn’t win the district championship was when the Tigers lost to Canon-McMillan in the 2019 Finals, but they bounced back and won their third straight state championship.

Another District 7 clash in the state semifinals on Tuesday comes in Class 3A when champion North Catholic fights Thomas Jefferson, also at 8 p.m. at Fox Chapel

The Trojans and Jaguars faced off in the WPIAL semifinals, with North Catholic winning 25-14 25-20 25-17.

Freeport hopes to take a step toward another PIAA championship when it faces District 6 champion Philipsburg-Osceola at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Punxsutawney.

The Yellowjackets won a state crown five years ago when they defeated DeLone Catholic to win the PIAA Class 2A title in 2017.

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