Penalty kicks have been good and bad to Seneca Valley's girls soccer team.
They were bad Saturday.
After winning on penalty kicks last Tuesday to advance to the PIAA 4A quarterfinals, the Raiders died by them Saturday against Souderton, falling 4-3 on PKs and 2-1 in the match.
Norah Seibel scored on a header off a throw-in by Breana Valentovish to give the Raiders the 1-0 lead with a little more than eight minutes remaining in the first half.
But Souderton responded with a goal of its own with 16 minutes left in regulation.
It stayed that way until penalty kicks decided things.
Seneca Valley finished the season 17-3.
Blue Mountain 1, Mars 0 — The run is over for the Planets.
Mars couldn't crack the scoreboard against District 11 champion Blue Mountain in the PIAA 3A quarterfinals at Bald Eagle High School.
Mars finished 19-2 with both losses coming by a 1-0 score.
With 28 minutes remaining in the second half of a scoreless tie, Jackson Wotus received a feed from Ben Francis and found the back of the net to give the Seneca Valley boys soccer team a 1-0 lead over Abington Saturday afternoon in Chambersburg.
The Raiders' defense did the rest, holding that 1-0 lead and securing a trip to the PIAA 4A semifinals, where SV was scheduled to face Radnor, the fifth-place team from District I, Tuesday night.
Will Gallagher had seven saves in net for the Raiders. Several of them were from point-blank range late as Abington attempted a late push.
Seneca Valley's Sam Owori and North Catholic's Alaina Hicks both had big days at the PIAA Cross Country Championships, held Nov. 3 in Hershey.
Owori, a senior, ran a time of 16 minutes, 39 seconds to place sixth in the Class AAA boys race as the Raiders finished fourth as a team.
North Allegheny won the team title.
Meanwhile Hicks, only a freshman, turned in an effort of 20:52 in the Class A girls race to also place sixth.
The North Catholic girls were 11th as a team. Cranberry Township resident and Vincentian Academy sophomore Tara Lucot placed 26th with a time of 21:12. The effort helped the Royals place fourth as a team.
Marion Center won the Class A girls title.
Seneca Valley's boys had four runners in the top 30.
Seth Ketler was eighth with a time of 16:46. Connor Volk-Klos was 19th at 16:58 and Noah Petersen was 30th at 17:16.
Mars got a historic showing by junior Zach Leachman, who placed 24th with a time of 16:56.
Seneca Valley's Bailey Royhab was 39th in the Class AAA girls race, finishing in 20:26.
Mars' McKenna Bowes was 46th at 20:29.
Local Team Results
Girls Class A
North Catholic: 6-Alaina Hicks 20:52, 43-Emma MacDonald 22:46, 64-Isabella Madonna 23:26, 89-Julia Kocsis 24:08, 99-Lucy Waskiewicz 24:37, 117-Anna Spalvieri 26:52
Boys Class AAA
Seneca Valley: 6-Sam Owori 16:39, 8-Seth Ketler 16:46, 19-Connor Volk-Klos 16:58, 30-Noah Petersen 17:16, 59-Max Weaver 17:48, 60-Aidan Domecic 17:49, 101-Adam Owori 18:24
The Mars girls doubles tandem of Amelia Haley and Emily Ivory lost in the PIAA Class 3A quarterfinals, 6-0, 6-0, to Harriton High School's Sophia Sassoli and Saige Roshkoff Nov. 2 in Hershey.
Sassoli and Roshkoff went on to claim the state title.
Haley and Ivory placed second in the WPIAL.