Boys Soccer: 2016 South Season Recap

Written by Brad Everett on .

Chartiers Valley entered the WPIAL Class 3A playoffs as a section runner-up and as the No. 5 seed.

They exited as WPIAL champions.

Chartiers Valley got hot midseason, and its 12th win in a row was a 1-0 triumph against Mars that earned the Colts their fifth WPIAL title and first since 2001. Jimmy Boyle scored the lone goal a few minutes into the second half and goalkeeper Caleb Zajicek earned the shutout. The Colts surrendered only one goal in four WPIAL playoff games.

A PIAA title was not in the cards, however. After beating Somerset, 4-0, in the first round, Chartiers Valley was eliminated by Cathedral Prep, 1-0, in the quarterfinals. The Colts, who finished as the runner-up to Thomas Jefferson in Section 4, finished 15-5 and boasted five all-section players: Boyle, Zajicek, Sean Tinney, Josh DiMatteo and Charlie Kovach.

Chartiers Valley was the only team from the South area to reach a WPIAL title game, but the region boasted a ton of star power. In fact, of the 12 players selected to the Post-Gazette's All-Area Team, eight hailed from the South. They were Tinney, Seton-LaSalle's Darryl Daniels and Chris Stack, South Park's Dan Irwin and Mitch Roell, Thomas Jefferson's Cole Lutz, Upper St. Clair's Ryan Mertz and Canon-McMillan's Jonah Moore. Daniels might have been the best of the bunch. A junior forward, Daniels scored 41 goals and was named all-state. Moore, also a junior, was the only other underclassman among the eight.

Peters Township and Upper St. Clair shared the Class 4A Section 2 title. Peters Township went 1-0-1 against their rival and reached the WPIAL quarterfinals. Upper St. Clair lost to Seneca Valley, 1-0, in the semifinals.

Belle Vernon and Thomas Jefferson won section titles in Class 3A -- Belle Vernon in Section 3 and Thomas Jefferson in Section 4. Thomas Jefferson ultimately reached the WPIAL semifinals, while Belle Vernon was upset in the first round.

South Park (Class 2A Section 1) and Seton-LaSalle (Class 1A Section 4) also won section titles. Neither dropped a section game. Both were ousted in the WPIAL semifinals. Seton-LaSalle won the third-place consolation game to qualify for the PIAA playoffs and advanced to the semifinals where it lost to Sewickley Academy, 2-0.