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Boys Soccer: 2016 East Season Recap

Written by Brad Everett on .

For the second year in a row, no team from the East area reached the WPIAL final.

No team made it to the semifinals, either.

But that's not to say there weren't any good teams or individual talent.

One of the noteworthy accomplishments was the excellent play of Allderdice and Obama Academy. City League teams have joined the WPIAL in a variety of sports in recent years, and for the most part, success has not followed. But the Allderdice and Obama boys soccer teams have been two of the bright spots.

Allderdice went 15-2-1, won the Class 4A Section 3 title and reached the WPIAL quarterfinals in 2016. Obama finished 11-4-2 and was the runner-up in Class 2A Section 1. Allderdice defender Wail Bichiba was one of the WPIAL's best players. A native of Morocco, Bichiba had seven goals and seven assists and was the lone East player selected to the Post-Gazette's All-Area Team.

Like Allderdice, Penn-Trafford and Greensburg Central Catholic claimed section titles. The two had very similar seasons, too. Both finished 16-2, were No. 2 seeds in the WPIAL playoffs, and were knocked out in the quarterfinals. Penn-Trafford won the Class 4A Section 4 title, but lost to Pine-Richland, 3-1, in the WPIAL playoffs. Greensburg Central Catholic was the champion of Class 1A Section 2, but was defeated by Freedom, 1-0, in the WPIAL playoffs.

Other teams qualifying for the WPIAL playoffs were Plum, Central Catholic, Norwin, Franklin Regional and Kiski Area in Class 6A; Greensburg Salem and Gateway in 3A; and East Allegheny, Mount Pleasant and Yough in 2A.

Greensburg Central Catholic's Luke Mort (32) and Greensburg Salem's Connor Jobe (29) both ranked among the WPIAL's top goal scorers during the regular season.