Warren soccer teams get playoff assignments as brackets released

The Warren girls soccer team was rewarded for another outstanding regular season when the District 10 playoff brackets were released Sunday, while the boys have a tough draw as they attempt to win their second D-10 title in three years.

The Lady Dragons enter the 4-team 3A field at 12-5 and will play Meadville in one semifinal on Nov. 1, while Villa and Central will square off in the semifinal. Location and time has yet to be determined.

The boys, meanwhile, draw Region 7 champion Cathedral Prep (14-1-1) in the quarterfinals on Monday, Oct. 31 at a site and time to be determined.

On the girls side, Warren and Meadville met on Sept. 24, with the Lady Bulldogs coming away with a 6-3 win. Warren led that game at one point, 2-0, but Meadville’s Elizabeth Adams scored four goals to lead a comeback win.

Since that loss, however, Warren is 8-1, including securing their second-straight Region 5 championship. That included a sweep of second-place Bradford, which will play St. Marys in the District 9 semifinals on Tuesday.

Seniors and team captains Sam Steber, Chelsea Winters, Olivia Ashbaugh and Paige McCullough, along with first-year head coach Jeremy Bickling have guided a young team that has continued to get better as the season has gone on.

The Warren boys are also young, with just two seniors Simon Smith and Gage Labesky.

Their record of 8-8 doesn’t tell the whole story. Five of their eight losses have come by one goal, as well as a 2-0 setback against McDowell.

Smith brings plenty of big-game experience, as do Connor Guiffre and Seth Harrington. Smith and Guiffre were both starters on the 2014 D-10 championship team, while they along with Harrington, Michal Shingler, Tanner Kays, Bryce McCracken, Griffin Suppa, Colin Blair, Jimmy Lobdell and Beck Labesky all played key roles on last season’s team which reached the D-10 semifinals.

The Ramblers’ only loss came to Clarence (NY) of suburban Buffalo, 3-2. A pair of wins over McDowell 3-0 and 1-0, as well as a 5-2 victory over Archbishop Hoban (Akron, OH) and a 5-1 triumph over Lake Catholic (Mentor, OH) highlight their season to date.

Both the Ramblers and the Dragons advance to the quarterfinals via opt outs. The winner of that game will play the winner of Fort LeBoeuf vs. Meadville/Saegertown, with the Bison also receiving a bye.

On the other side of the bracket, Grove City and General McLane received byes to the quarterfinals. Grove City will meet East, which also received a bye, while McLane will face the winner of Central Tech and Franklin in the other quarterfinal matchup.