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Hockey: Raiders streaking since opening loss

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Seneca Valley opened its season on a down note with a 6-2 defeat at the hands of Canon-McMillan.

But since the loss to the Big Macs, the Raiders have proved to be one of the best teams in Class AAA.

Seneca Valley has won four of its five games since the opener, including a 3-2 victory against previously unbeaten and defending national champion Bethel Park on Oct. 30.

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Girls Soccer: Defense key in Seneca Valley's title victory

Written by Joe Koch on .

Joe Koch profiles the Seneca Valley girls soccer team.

2014 1106 SenecaValley GSoccer(Photo: Seneca Valley goalie Jessica Neill registered a shutout in the WPIAL championship game. Bill Wade/Post-Gazette)

"There are so many times when a high school soccer game hinges on just one crucial play.

Such was the case at last Friday's WPIAL Class AAA championship game at Highmark Stadium in Station Square as defending champion Seneca Valley was locked in a scoreless battle with upstart Canon-McMillan more than nine minutes into the second half.

With less than 30 minutes and 30 seconds remaining in the game, the Raiders were the beneficiary of a corner kick, which can be one of the sport's most electrifying plays.

Standing on the far end of the Highmark Stadium pitch was senior defender Alicia Hart, the Raiders' corner-kick specialist. Awaiting what she hoped would be a solid kick was junior forward Cassidy Testa, who had plenty of confidence in Hart's ability to efficiently place the ball near the Raiders gathered in the penalty area."

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Girls Soccer: It's been 20 up, 20 down for Seneca Valley

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Seneca Valley has enjoyed 20/20 vision this season, winning all 20 of its games and now the Raiders hope to see their way to the WPIAL Class AAA championship contest to defend their title from a year ago. The top-seeded Raiders defeated No. 16 Hempfield, 4-1, and No. 9 Fox Chapel, 3-0, to reach the WPIAL semifinals for a second consecutive season. Emily Wagner scored twice for Seneca Valley against Fox Chapel and the defense pitched its 15th shutout of the season. Seneca Valley will meet No. 6 Penn-Trafford in a WPIAL semifinal Monday night at 8 p.m. at Baldwin. Penn-Trafford is 18-1-1 overall. The Warriors are led by the dynamic scoring tandem of Casey Aunkst and Italia Biondi.