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PIAA GIRLS SOCCER ROUND 1 PREVIEW

November 6, 2018

(2-1) Wyoming Area (16-5) vs. (4-1) Midd-West (18-3) What: Class 2A first round When: 5 p.m. tonight Where: Balls Mills Complex, Williamsport How they got here: Wyoming Area won the District 2 championship, 1-0, against Lake-Lehman. Midd-West won the District 4 championship, 2-1, against Lewisburg. Moving on: Winner advances to Saturday’s quarterfinals, where it will play District 11 champion Palisades or District 3 runner-up Boiling Springs. Scouting report: This is the first state playoff game in Wyoming Area girls soccer history. So, it’s no surprise this is likely the Warriors’ best team ever, the one most likely to make a deep run in the postseason. … Senior striker Aleah Kranson is as good a scorer as there is. In league play, Kranson scored 36 goals this season; she’s since added six goals in three playoff matches for 41 goals. Christina Kosco (15 goals, 11 assists) and Tierney Porfirio (11 goals, 10 assists) are the next leading scorers for WA. Goalkeeper Lauren Kelly had a six-save shutout against Lake-Lehman. … Midd-West is a returning state quarterfinalist from last year. Midd-West beat Lake-Lehman, 4-3, in the first round of last year’s state tournament. … While Wyoming Area is a first-time district champ, Midd-West has won three district championships in the last four years. … Midd-West faced some tall challenges in districts. In the semifinals, Midd-West was down 1-0 but scored three unanswered goals to beat Milton. Then, Midd-West needed an overtime game-winning goal from Alyssa Keister to edge Lewisburg. (2-1) Dallas (17-2-2) vs. (3-2) Mechanicsburg (21-1) What: Class 3A first round When: 7 p.m. tonight Where: Lake-Lehman HS How they got here: Dallas won the District 2 championship, 4-1, against Scranton Prep. Mechanicsburg lost the District 3 championship game, 1-0, against Manheim Central. Moving on: Winner advances to Saturday’s quarterfinals, where it will play District 12 champion Archbishop Ryan or District 1 runner-up Villa Maria. Scouting report: Dallas could not have played much better in the district playoffs. The Mountaineers were a four-seed, but they weren’t very far off from being the No. 1 seed. Regardless, Dallas beat the Nos. 5, 1 and 2 seeds by a combined score of 12-3. … With 40 goals in league play and the playoffs, junior Ali Francis is one of the best scorers in the state. Teammate Emma Sweitzer has 17 goals, while Liv Maniskas and Kanisha Cheshire have also scored in the playoffs. Goalkeeper Sarah Krokos made 12 saves in the district final. … Dallas is back in the state playoffs for a second straight year. Last season, the Mountaineers lost in the first round, 1-0, against East Pennsboro. … Mechanicsburg was undefeated until losing its district title game. … According to the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association, Mechanicsburg is the No. 3 big school team in the state. Dallas is not in the top-10, nor is it listed as an honorable mention. USA Today ranks Mechanicsburg as the No. 21 team in the nation. … Sophomore Elena Hinkson is one of the key players to keep an eye on. — MATT BUFANO

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