Westmoreland Football Playoff Preview Pods for November 15, 2022 Games

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Monday, November 14, 2022 | 16:56


today’s games

Girls

Class 2A

semifinals

Monte Pleasant (21-2) vs. General McLane (15-5-1)

7 p.m. at Slippery Rock High School, Slippery Rock

The winner plays: Winner of 3-1 Wyomissing (21-1)/4-1 Central Columbia (23-0), Saturday at 10 am at Eagle View Middle School, Mechanicsburg.

District End: Mount Pleasant 7-2; General McLane 10-2

States so far: Mt. Pleasant — Defeated Bedford, 2-0, and Fort LeBoeuf, 1-0; General McLane: defeated Avonworth, 5-1, and Clearfield, 3-0

Trainers: Rich Garland, Mount Pleasant; Josh Hopkins, General McLane

players to watch: Maddie Barrick, MF, Mount Pleasant; Brooklyn Respecki, MF, General McLane

Releases: This Mt. Pleasant team continues to be the benchmark for all who come after in the program. The Lady Vikings posted their 17th quarterfinal shutout, 1–0 against District 10 champion Fort LeBoeuf, to advance to the state semifinals, the “final of the West” for the first time. Barrick had the only goal. It was only the second time Mt. Pleasant had won without a goal from Rylin Bugosh or Morgan Gesinski, who combined for 62 goals. Mt. Pleasant has outscored six playoff opponents 21-2. Both goals came against Avonworth in the WPIAL championship. … Abby Walker scored two goals and Kelsey Berger added a third as General McLane shutout District 9 champion Clearfield 3-0 in the quarterfinals. The District 10 champion Lancers defeated WPIAL champion Avonworth in the first round 5-1. In that win, Respecki and Sydney Rotko each scored two goals. General McLane has never played in the state semifinals.

A class

semifinals

Greensburg Central Catholic (15-5) vs. Freedom (19-4)

6:00 p.m. at Gateway High School, Monroeville

The winner plays: Winner of 4-2 Southern Columbia (16-6-1)/4-1 South Williamsport (19-4), Friday at 10 am at Eagle View Middle School, Mechanicsburg

District End: Greensburg Central Catholic 7-3; Liberty 7-1

States so far: Greensburg Central Catholic — Defeated Windber, 3-2 (OT), and Springdale, 3-1; Freedom — Defeated Rockwood, 10-0, and Karns City, 4-3 (2OT)

Trainers: Kara Batey, a Central Catholic from Greensburg; Colin Williams, Freedom

Players to watch: Jillian Botti, D, Greensburg Central Catholic; Shaye Bailey, F, Freedom

Releases: This will be the sixth postseason meeting in four years for the teams. GCC won five of them, but Freedom ousted GCC from the WPIAL playoffs with a 4-3 overtime win in the semifinals. … GCC, which has just two seniors on the roster, advanced to its fourth straight state semifinal with a 3-1 win over Springdale led by its All-WPIAL pairing. Riley Kerr scored two goals and Sara Felder added one. Kerr leads the team with 38 goals and Felder has 35. All three goals came in the first half. The Centurions were PIAA runners-up the past two years. … Freedom followed up their second WPIAL title in five years with back-to-back PIAA victories. The Bulldogs edged out District 9 champion Karns City 4-3 in double overtime. Bailey had the winner. Bailey, Jersee Melvin and Julia Mohrbacher are All-WPIAL players. The Bulldogs last reached the state semifinals in 2018. They beat Shady Side Academy, 3-2, before falling in the final by the same score to Southern Columbia. … Southern Columbia beat GCC in the final last year. Play South Williamsport in the other semifinal.

Bill Beckner Jr. is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review. Bill can be reached via email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

Tags: Greensburg CC, Mount Pleasant

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