Peters Township gets return trip to girls soccer final


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Peters Township is back in familiar territory.

The Indians advanced to the WPIAL championship for the sixth consecutive season Monday with a 2-1 shootout win against Bethel Park in a Class AAA semifinal at Chartiers Valley.

The No. 2 seed and defending champion Indians (15-3-2) outscored the No. 6 Black Hawks (17-3-1), 3-1, in the shootout behind goals from Laurel Carpenter, Carly Johns and Riley Partyka.

Emily Cottrill scored in the first half for Peters Township, and Bethel Park's Halle Hammer netted the equalizer 10 minutes into the second.

Peters Township was forced to play with 10 players after Emily Franty received a red card two minutes into the first overtime.

The Indians will face Seneca Valley in the title game. It's a rematch of the final a year ago, which Peters Township win, 3-2.

Other Class AAA

■ Seneca Valley 3, Upper St. Clair 0: Kelsey O'Connor and Caroline Miller scored first-half goals, and Sarah Anderson added a goal in the second to lead the top-seeded Raiders (17-2-1) to the win against the No. 12 seed Panthers (11-6-2) at Baldwin. Goalkeeper Jess Neill earned her second shutout of the playoffs. Seneca Valley is riding an 11-game unbeaten streak. Upper St. Clair upset the No. 5 and 4 seeds in the first two rounds.

Class AA

■ Central Valley 3, Moon 2: The Pritt twins helped the No. 2-seeded Warriors (18-0) advance to the championship for the first time after defeating the No. 3 Tigers (19-2) at West Allegheny. Olivia Pritt scored with 11 minutes left in the second half to tie the score, 2-2, and Cassie Pritt knocked in the winner with 13 minutes left in overtime.

■ Hopewell 3, South Park 2: Abby Losco scored three goals, including the winner with 3:04 left in the second overtime, to lift the No. 8-seeded Vikings (15-4) to a win against the No. 5 Eagles (18-2) at North Allegheny. South Park's Kylie Tranter scored with 38 seconds remaining to force overtime. The Vikings upset No. 1 Mars in the quarterfinals.

Class A

■ Greensburg Central Catholic 10, New Brighton 2: Frannie Crouse scored five goals and Malea Fabean added three goals and two assists to help the No. 1-seeded and two-time defending champion Centurions (17-1) roll past the No. 12 Lions (11-7-1) at Hampton. Crouse increased her career goal total to 199, pulling her within six of the WPIAL record held by former Steel Valley star Jess Strom.

■ Shady Side Academy 2, Sewickley Academy 0: Maggie Scott scored 20 minutes into the second half and then scored off a rebound of her missed penalty kick 10 minutes later to vault the No. 3-seeded Indians (17-3) past the No. 7 Panthers (11-7-3) at Moon. The Indians and goalkeeper Olivia Cochran have shut out six consecutive opponents. Sewickley Academy was seeking its second final appearance in a row.

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