Girls Soccer: 2016 North Season Recap

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

With contributions from two of the top players in the area, Fox Chapel posted a 16-win campaign that featured trips to the WPIAL Class 4A semifinals and PIAA playoffs. Deena DeBaldo and Dixon Veltri were sensational this year. The seniors capped off their careers in impressive fashion. DeBaldo, a four-year starter and forward, scored 26 goals and added 10 assists. She finished her career with 73 goals and 10 assists. Veltri, a midfielder, had 16 goals and 21 assists. She finished her career with 38 career goals and 39 assists. Both DeBaldo and Veltri were three-year starters and all-WPIAL players. DeBaldo will play at Duquesne University next season while Veltri will play at UNC-Wilmington. Pine-Richland won the hotly contested Class 4A Section 1 title with an 8-2 record just ahead of Seneca Valley (13-6-1, 7-2-1), Butler (10-7-2, 5-3-2) and North Hills (8-7-3, 5-5), all of whom made the playoffs. The Rams and Raiders each advanced to the WPIAL quarterfinals.

In Class 3A, Mars (12-3-2, 10-1-1) shared the Class 3A Section 1 title and reached the WPIAL quarterfinals.

Shady Side Academy does what Shady Side Academy does best: brush aside regular-season performances to stun Greensburg Central Catholic in the playoffs. This year the Indians did it not once, but twice. Shady Side Academy finished with 19 wins and a WPIAL Class 1A title after surprising the Centurions, 1-0, at Highmark Stadium. They upset them again in the PIAA semifinals 10 days later to reach the PIAA Class 1A final where they fell to Fairfield. Vincentian (16-4-2, 8-1-1) won the Class 1A Section 3 title in outright fashion and Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic (5-14, 3-7) returned to the playoffs and pulled off a first-round win to reach the WPIAL quarterfinals.