PIAA boys soccer roundup: Sewickley Academy rolls to 5-0 win in semifinals

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There was no significant accumulation of snow Tuesday night at Hempfield.

Sewickley Academy, though, provided a flurry.

The WPIAL champion Panthers scored three goals in the span of one minute, two seconds in the first half and went on to defeat North Star, 5-0, in a PIAA Class A semifinal.

Sewickley Academy (20-3) will play Mountain View (21-0) in Friday's title game in Hershey for the second year in a row. Mountain View topped Sewickley Academy, 1-0, last season.

Sewickley Academy blitzed North Star with an avalanche of goals that began with Geoffrey Schuchardt's tally with 13 minutes left in the first half.

A little more than a minute later, the lead grew to 3-0 after goals from Anthony Stinson and J.P. Bowell.

Matt Teitelbaum added a goal late in the first half and Tom Pregel finished the scoring with a goal in the closing minutes.

"I was impressed with the way we played the whole game," said Sewickley Academy coach Jim Boone. "We shut them down. We finally realized what to do and how to do it."

Bowell, the team's leading scorer, also had two assists.

Goalkeeper Jackson O'Neill earned the shutout.

It was the 12th win in a row for Sewickley Academy, which has reached the PIAA final for the fifth time. The Panthers were champions in 1997 and 2007.

Class AAA

Upper St. Clair 2, Cumberland Valley 1: Defending champion Upper St. Clair (22-1-1) bounced back from an early deficit to earn its third consecutive trip to the final after topping Cumberland Valley (21-3-1) at Hollidaysburg.

The Panthers will take on Conestoga Valley (23-2-2) Saturday.

Cumberland Valley took the lead two minutes into the game, but Upper St. Clair benefited from an own-goal later in the first half to notch the equalizer.

Joel Hart provided the deciding goal midway through the half. It was Hart's 36h goal of the season.

Upper St. Clair will be making its seventh appearance in the championship game. The Panthers won titles in 2003, 2004 and 2012.

"We're on our way back to the finals and our kids really earned it tonight," Upper St. Clair coach Uwe Stender said.

Class AA

West Allegheny 1, Bedford 0: WPIAL champion West Allegheny (21-0-3) remained undefeated and advanced to the championship game for the first time by edging Bedford (19-1-2) at Hempfield.

West Allegheny will meet Holy Ghost Prep (19-4) in Saturday's championship.

Cooper Amos, son of coach Kevin Amos, scored the winning goal with 2:50 left in the first half.

"It was a great thing for Cooper, especially with it being the game-winner," Kevin Amos said.

Goalkeeper Spencer Wolfe picked up his eighth shutout in a row and 19th of the season.


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