Butler finished in a tie for third place in Section 2-AAA. Now, after back-to-back postseason upsets, the Golden Tornado (12-6-2) is on the cusp of being in the final two of the WPIAL. No. 12 Butler surprised Penn-Trafford, 3-1, in the first round and then knocked off section rival and No. 4 Seneca Valley, 2-1, in overtime to reach the WPIAL semifinals. The task gets even taller on Monday night when Butler plays No. 1 Upper St. Clair (18-0-1) at 8 p.m. at Moon.
In the first round, Butler got two goals and an assist from Chris Fiorina in a 3-1 upset on the road. Butler was an even bigger underdog in the second round against the Raiders. The Golden Tornado had lost both regular-season meetings to Seneca Valley. The first meeting they were blown out, 5-0, but they made amends in the second meeting before ultimately falling, 3-2. Joel Stutz scored off an Anthony Werth corner back seven minutes into overtime to seal the upset win. A.J. Nagy also scored in the game for Butler.