The 2022 PIAA State Boys and Girls Soccer Championships wrapped up the 2022 high school season with eight title games at Cumberland Valley HS on November 18 and 19. Five schools from Western PA competed in this year's championship games.
Notes from the Finals:
Seneca Valley rolled to a 6-0 thrashing of Lower Merion to earn the hardward that comes with claiming the Boys 4A championship. The Raiders they jumped out to 4-0 first half lead in Saturday's night game and never looked back as they put last year's loss in the final behind them.
The Moon girls changed classification this year but lifted the championship trophy for the second straight year. The Lady Tigers scored twice in the final 18 minutes to beat Upper Perkiomen 2-1 in the 3A title game.
In the 2A Girls final General McLane fell behind 2-0 in the first half to Central Columbia. They pulled back a goal early in the second stanza before their opposition knocked in two more for a 4-1 final score.
Freedom and Southern Columbia combined for eight goals unfortunately the Western PA school ended up on the low end of the 5-3 final tally in the 1A Girls championship.
Winchester-Thurston's hopes of a repeat in Boys 1A was thwarted by Moravian Academy in the weekend's closest match. The winning goal coming in the second overtime to give Moravian the 2-1 advantage.
The Semi-final notes:
Freedom ended Greensburg CC's quest for a third straight trip to the Girls 1A final. Freedom advances with a 3-0 win courtesy of Share Bailey's hat trick.
General McLane also staked a 3-0 win to advance to the Girls 2A title match. The Erie County school bested Mt. Pleasant who was looking for a first shot at a state championship.
In 3A Girls, Moon backed up their WPIAL Championship victory over Mars with a 2-0 win in the semi-final. Mars sees their consecutive string of appearances in the PIAA championship game end at four. Moon was last year's 4A Girls champs before moving down a class.
Winchester-Thurston earned a chance to defend their 2021 Boys 1A title. They knocked off McConnellsburg 2-0 to advance.
Mercyhurst Prep came up short against Lancaster Catholic 3-1 in the Boys 2A Semi.
Erie Cathedral Prep dropped a 2-0 decision to Hershey in Boys 3A.
Seneca Valley's boys returns to the PIAA Boys 4A championship match. Their 2-0 win over Conestoga avenged last year's loss in the final.