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Girls Soccer: 2016 South Season Recap

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

The WPIAL was the first district and Canon-McMillan the first team to get its hands on the PIAA Class 4A title. In the first season in the newly expanded PIAA four-classification soccer system, the Big Macs raced to Hersheypark Arena and defeated Central Bucks South, 1-0, to capture the title. To get there, Canon-McMillan had to defeat WPIAL champion Norwin in the quarterfinals. The Big Macs avenged a 3-1 loss to the Knights in the WPIAL final with a 3-1 win over the Knights one week later. Canon-McMillan won the Class 4A Section 2 title and finished 22-1-1. Sabrina Bryan and Aideen O'Donoghue were two of the best in the WPIAL this season. Senior midfielder O'Donoghue, a Pitt recruit and four-year starter, finished her career with 67 goals including 20 during her senior season. Bryan, a senior forward and Hofstra recruit, had 31 goals and 28 assists during her senior season and finished her career with 94 career goals, second most all-time.

In somewhat of a rebuilding year, Upper St. Clair managed to win 11 games and reach the playoffs where it defeated Butler, 6-1, in the first round before falling to eventual WPIAL champion Norwin in the quarterfinals. Sophomore midfielder Landy Mertz burst onto the scene as a freshman and continued to impress. She had 21 goals and eight assists this season.

In Class 3A South Park (17-3-, 13-1) shared a section title and reached the WPIAL finals. Junior forward Jordyn Minda led the way for the Eagles with 29 goals and eight assists. Belle Vernon (10-7-2, 9-1-2) shared the Class 3A Section 2 title with Mount Pleasant. Bentworth finished 17-3 overall, winning the Class 1A Section 2 title outright with a perfect 12-0 record. The Bearcats made a run to the WPIAL semifinals after playoff wins over Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic and South Side Beaver.