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Girls Varsity Soccer — 2020 PIAA Class 3A Champions

Girls Varsity Soccer TeamMars Area High School Girls Varsity Soccer Team earned its second consecutive PIAA Class 3A Title with a 2-0 win over the Villa Joseph Marie Jems in the final game of the 2020 PIAA Class 3A Girls Varsity Soccer Championships on Nov. 20

The Lady Planets bested Mechanicsburg Area Wildcats 2-0 in the PIAA semifinals on Nov. 17; and slayed the Warren Area Dragons 8-0 in the PIAA quarterfinals on Nov. 14. The team advanced to the to the PIAA playoffs after earning its second consecutive WPIAL Title by defeating the Plum Mustangs 1-0 in the final game of the 2020 WPIAL Class 3A Girls Soccer Championship on Nov. 7.

The team conquered the Montour Spartans 6-0 in the WPIAL semifinals on Nov. 4; grounded the Oakland Catholic Eagles 6-0 in the WPIAL quarterfinals on Oct. 29; and broke the Laurel Highlands Mustangs 13-0 in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs on Oct. 26. The Planets ended the 2020 regular season undefeated with an overall record of 12-0 and went 12-0 in section play, earning the Section 4-3A title.

Players on this year’s team include seniors Ellie Coffield, Gracie Dunaway, Eleanor Howell, Alexandra King, Samantha King, Courtney Lisman, Kara Rocco, Erin Rodgers and Caroline Wroblewski; juniors Kristin Bayuk, Megan Boddy, Alyson Cooper, Leana Cuzzocrea, Jordan Esswein and Londynn Gonzalez; sophomores Ava Balazentis, Piper Coffield, Reese Dunaway, Piper Empey, Effie Frank, Julia Gagnon, Eden Gerlach, Brooke Hamlett, Gwen Howell, Ava Lewis, Eva Ranalli, Olivia Wilson and Madeline Wolf; and freshmen Kayleigh Clark, Addison Girdwood, Lillian Goodworth, Brooke Nihoff, Rosalina Pellegrino, Ainsley Ray, Abigail Tomblin and Lillian Wolf

For more information, visit www.piaa.org.

Boys Girls Varsity Soccer — 2020 PIAA Class 3A Champions

Boys Varsity Soccer TeamMars Area High School Boys Varsity Soccer Team earned its first PIAA Title with a 2-1 win over the Northern Polar Bears in the final game of the 2020 PIAA Class 3A Boys Varsity Soccer Championships on Nov. 20

The Fightin’ Planets repelled the Cathedral Prep Ramblers 2-1 in the PIAA semifinals on Nov. 17; and, trounced the Hollidaysburg Golden Tigers 4-1 in the PIAA quarterfinals on Nov. 14. The team advanced to the PIAA playoffs after earning the WPIAL Title by defeating the Franklin Regional Panthers 2-1 in overtime in the final game of the 2020 WPIAL Class 3A Boys Soccer Championship on Nov. 5.

The team tamed the South Fayette Lions 3-1 in WPIAL semifinals on Nov. 2; routed the Hampton Talbots 1-0 in double overtime in the quarterfinals on Oct. 28; and broke the Laurel Highlands Mustangs 5-1 in the first round of the playoffs on Oct. 24. The Planets ended the 2020 regular season undefeated with an overall record of 14-0 and 12-0 in section play, earning the Section 1-3A title.

Players on this year’s team include seniors Dane Beller, Jacob Gareis, Nabil Lahlou, Brady Nihoff, Tyler Nymberg, Ryan Pasko, Nicholas Porter and Trent Wick; juniors Brayden Boatwright, Harlen Burtner, Zaccheri Campagna, Matt Funk, Matthew Hannan, Declan Mayer, Mason Meyer, Devin Schupp, Gabriel Singh, Mitchell Valentine and Eli Wright; sophomores Cade Coldiron, Nico D’Angelo, Breiden Eagon, Caden Empey, Kai Gratton, Drew Piatek and Sam Stewart; and, freshmen Jackson Fox, Kaden Gratton, James Jayamohan, Liam Quinn, Landon Rocke, Aiden Savona, Jack Scanlon and Ryan Schnitgen.

For more information, visit www.piaa.org.