Boys Soccer: North Playoff Preview (Quarterfinals)

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No. 2 Seneca Valley and No. 3 Fox Chapel held serve on their side of the bracket in the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs while No. 1 Upper St. Clair, one of the top team's in the nation, lurks on the other side of the bracket. The Raiders blanked No. 15 Allderdice 4-0 while the Foxes squeaked past No. 14 Franklin Regional 1-0. Next up for Seneca Valley is No. 7 Peters Township. All WPIAL quarterfinal games will be played Thursday night. The Raiders and Indians will meet at 8 p.m. at North Allegheny. Fox Chapel will play No. 11 Canon-McMillan at North Allegheny at 6 p.m.

"I would like to think we are going to be in the mix at the end," Fox Chapel coach Erik Ingram said. "I think probably on the other side of the bracket, Upper St. Clair has to be everybody's favorite across the board. I think they earned that. I am hoping to get that chance to play them."

In Class AA, No. 9 Deer Lakes advanced in dramatic fashion with a shootout win against No. 8 Burrell. Alex Caro scored the winning penalty kick in the shootout and Austin Barneycastle had the shutout in net for the Lancers. Things will only get harder on Thursday when Deer Lakes plays No. 1 West Allegheny at Chartiers Valley at 8 p.m. No. 3 Shady Side Academy advanced with a more comfortable margin of win after a 4-0 decision against Freedom. The Indians will play No. 12 Indiana at Mars at 8 p.m.

WPIAL Class A top seed Sewickley Academy will begin its postseason run after a bye week when it plays No. 9 Riverview at Mars at 6 p.m. On the other side of the bracket No. 3 Vincentian Academy held off South Allegheny 2-1 to advance to the WPIAL quarterfinals. The Royals will play No. 6 Beaver County Christian at Chartiers Valley at 6 p.m. David Rivetti scored two first-half goals to help Vincentian avert the upset.