The perfect season for the Norwin Knights continues, but they had to go the distance – to double overtime – to knock off WPIAL foe Seneca Valley in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA playoffs on Tuesday. Lexie Kolano scored from a cross to help the Knights advance to the PIAA quarterfinals.
Upper St. Clair 4, McDowell 0 — Landy Mertz scored twice, Maddy Rocks added a goal and assist, and Rachel Witte scored to carry WPIAL runner-up Upper St. Clair (17-2-1) to a PIAA Class AAA first-round win over the District 10 champion at Veterans Stadium in Erie. Nikki Gibbons earned the shutout.
Mercyhurst Prep 1, Mars 0 — District 10 runner-up Mercyhurst Prep advanced to the quarterfinals with a PIAA Class AA first-round win over WPIAL champion Mars (17-3).
South Park 6, Clearfield 1 — Nicole Evans scored three goals and Katie Schultz had two goals and three assists to lead WPIAL runner-up South Park (19-3-1) to a PIAA Class AA first-round win over the District 9 champion at DuBois. Molly Sailor made eight saves for the Eagles, who will play Villa Maria in the quarterfinals.
Villa Maria 2, Central Valley 1 — District 10 champion Villa Maria (20-0-2) scored twice early in the second half to secure a PIAA Class AA first-round victory at Veterans Stadium in Erie.
Carolina Lucci scored with 17 minutes left for the Warriors (17-2-1), the WPIAL third-place finisher.
Charleroi 2, Conemaugh Township 0 — Kyra Watkins and Kaitlyn Riley scored to lead WPIAL runner-up Charleroi (18-2-2) to a PIAA Class A first-round win at Somerset.
Greensburg C.C. 4, Wilmington 0 — Bailey Cartwright had two goals and assisted on another to lead WPIAL champion Greensburg Central Catholic (22-1) past District 10 champion Wilmington in a PIAA Class A first-round playoff game at Hampton. Sydney Ward and Abby Skatell also had goals for the Centurions, who will play Karns City in the quarterfinals.
Karns City 3, Shady Side Academy 2 — Megan McCartney scored a pair of goals as the District 9 champion Gremlins (17-0) posted their first PIAA playoffs victory since 2005 with a win over WPIAL third-place finisher Shady Side Academy (17-5) in a Class A first-round game. Haley Scherer also scored for Karns City, which took a 3-0 lead before needing to hold off a late rally. The Gremlins will play Greensburg Central Catholic in the PIAA quarterfinals Saturday.