Cinderella has taken on the form of Quaker Valley in this WPIAL postseason. The Quakers snuck into the playoffs by a half game, finishing in a tie for third place in Section 5-AA with a 6-5-1 record. With an overall record of 10-7-2, Quaker Valley had to play in a preliminary-round game where it snuck past Beaver Area, 2-1. Then came the shocker heard around the WPIAL, as the Quakers went on the road to No. 2 Mars and knocked off the Planets, 2-0. Mars had not lost to a Class AA team this season. Walter Hubsch and Fritz Wiltman netted goals for the upset-minded Quakers. The team was not done yet. They pulled off another upset in the WPIAL quarterfinals, downing No. 10 Shady Side Academy, 1-0, when Landon Narkevic scored with seven minutes remaining in regulation. It would be the only goal they needed as goalkeeper Jack Regueiro earned the shutout. Quaker Valley can now reach the WPIAL Class AA title game as a No. 15 seed if it is able to spring another upset when it plays No. 3 West Allegheny Monday night at 6 p.m. at Moon.
Mars hosts the WPIAL AA First Round Boys Soccer Playoffs, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. In the first game of the evening Trinity meets Knoch. Final score, Knoch 2, Trinity 0.
Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service
Quaker Valley sneaked back into the playoffs and now the Quakers have sneaked into the first round. After finishing the regular season 9-7-2 overall and 6-5-1 in Section 5-AA, the Quakers tied with Montour for third place in the section, both finishing a half-game ahead of Obama Academy (6-6). On Saturday afternoon at Hopewell, the Quakers held off Beaver Area and came away with a 2-1 win behind goals from Matt Rodgers and Adam Richert. The win sets up a WPIAL first-round matchup between the Quakers and No. 2 Mars (17-1) tonight at 8 p.m. at Mars.
Name: Zach Skolnekovich
School: Quaker Valley
Sport: Cross Country
Background: Skolnekovich is the No. 1 runner for Quaker Valley. He took second at the 12th Annual Red, White and Blue Invitational with a time of 16:00.9. Skolnekovich went on to take third place at the Sharpsville Blue Devil Invitational.
Earlier this season, Quaker Valley coach David Noyes pegged Luci Kuonski as one of the best runners in the WPIAL.
Thursday, the freshman took second place at the MAC Championships with a time of 19 minutes, 44 seconds.
The only runner to beat her was West Allegheny's Alexis O'Shea. Quaker Valley's Hannah Bablak took third place.
Audrey Durbin (10th place), Anna Pawloski (12th place) and Bearett Tarris (13th place) also finished among the top 15 runners.