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NORTH ALLEGHENY VARSITY BOYS SOCCER
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TWO TIGERS NAMED ALL-SECTION
Senior forwards Diego Febres-Cordero and Matt Baird have been named to the WPIAL All-Section-2 Team. Febres-Cordero and Baird were key in North Allegheny's success this season. Behind their play, the Tigers reached the playoffs and ended the year with a record of 10-8-1.
ALL-SECTION TEAM (SECTION-2 CLASS AAA)
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CENTRAL CATHOLIC BUMPS NA
by Jordan Dee
The Tigers saw their season come an abrupt end with a 1-0 overtime loss to No. 4 seed Central Catholic in the first round of the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs Monday evening at Fridley Field Stadium in Hampton.
Brandon Peck scored the sudden-death goal for the Vikings.
Patrick Cuomo had two chances to score in the game’s first five minutes. In the 3rd minute, he chipped a shot wide of the Vikings net. Less than two minutes later, Cuomo got around Central Catholic defender Brian Horner, but Horner recovered to block a shot attempt.
In the 9th minute, Tommy Richer sent an angled shot from 17 yards out high and wide of the goal. Jamie Luchini had a free kick sail over the net from 40 yards out about a minute later. Kyle Weidman chipped a shot toward the Central Catholic goal in the 12th minute. Vikings keeper Frank Gregg beat Matt Baird in a race to the ball to keep the Tigers off the board. Baird followed that with an attempted cross along the goal line that Gregg collected.
Colm Spillane had the Vikings’ first scoring opportunity. His shot from 40 yards out in the 15th minute may have gone wide, but Tigers keeper Peter Howard grabbed it to be safe.
North Allegheny’s best chance of the half came in the 16th minute. Baird got a shot from point-blank range that was challenged and saved feet-first by Gregg. Baird then set up Phil Fives for a shot from 10 yards out nearly three minutes later, but it was blocked by a Vikings defender.
In the 20th minute, Luchini sent a near-side corner kick that Gregg slapped across the far-side touch line. Ian Klipa’s throw-in in the 23rd minute caught Fives on the run. However, Fives’ attempted cross was stolen by Gregg.
Central Catholic had its best first-half opportunity in the 29th minute. Osas Malkin released a shot from 20 yards out, but Alex Greenblatt stepped in front to block it.
The Tigers had two more chances before the half ended. Richter sent a shot over the net from 25 yards out in the 32nd minute. Cuomo attempted a pass to Baird 38th minute. It was deflected back to Cuomo, whose turn-around shot went wide. The score was 0-0 through the first 40 minutes of play.
Horner had consecutive throw-ins for Central Catholic in the 45th minute. The second went so far into the box that Howard was able to grab it out of mid-air.
Richter had two chances for North Allegheny in less than a minute. The first came on a pass into the box by Steve Veres in the 51st minute. It bounced off Richter, allowing Gregg to field it just beyond the goal line. Richter then had a breakaway shot deflected away by the Central Catholic keeper.
Fives had two corner kicks, but the Tigers were unable to convert either into a goal.
After being held in check for the previous 55 minutes, Central Catholic’s leading scorer Austin Smith got a wide open look from 20 yards out. He missed wide, though, and the score remained 0-0.
Klipa went on a run in the 61st minute, but had the ball knocked into Gregg by Peck.
The game was void of offensive chances on either side for the next 10 minutes. In the 71st minute, Klipa battled in the Vikings’ box for control of a pass from Cuomo, but was whistled for a foul.
The Vikings owned the final 10 minutes of regulation. Horner got yet another throw-in into the North Allegheny box in the 73rd minute. It was bounced over the goal line off Greenblatt. However, Central Catholic was unable to convert Smith’s corner kick into a goal. Peck then stole the ball from Greenblatt deep in Tiger territory, but his shot went over the net from close range. Malkin was fouled 35 yards from the North Allegheny net in the 77th minute. Jon Murphy sent the resulting kick wide of the net. Almost two minutes later, another Horner throw-in deflected off Greenblatt and over the goal line. Smith’s corner kick went over a Viking head, but sailed high and wide of the net. With less than a minute remaining, both Howard and Luchini made saves in the same sequence to send the game into overtime.
With 12:15 left in the first 15-minute overtime period, Smith sent a free kick toward the North Allegheny net. It was deflected by Peck, changed paths, and snuck inside the near post to give the Vikings a 1-0 victory.
Even in defeat, the Tigers played well defensively. The defensive stopper, Alex Greenblatt, was named the Wright Automotive North Allegheny Player of the Game.
With the loss, the Tigers close out the season with a 10-8-1 overall mark. Central Catholic is now 14-2-3 and will face No. 5 seed Upper St. Clair in Thursday’s quarterfinal round.
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2010 WPIAL BOYS' SOCCER
The Tigers will compete again in the WPIAL Class AAA along with 30 other teams. The top three teams and ties that CANNOT be broken will enter the WPIAL tournament. All playoff entries will be determined by section record only and will be determined by the following method: Three points for a win, one point for a tie. Teams that tie for first place will not have the tie broken and each will be declared champions and receive a section winner's plaque. Those teams will enter the tournament; and if the teams tied for first place equal the maximum for sectional qualification, NO OTHER TEAMS WILL BE ENTERED INTO THE TOURNAMENT. In the event of a tie for second, third or in some cases fourth place, the Tie Breaker System will be employed. If a tie persists, head-to-head competiton will determine the qualifier. In the event of a multiple tie, the following tie breaker will be employed:
1. Section records of
the tied teams will be compiled.
Teams that qualify for the tournament should be aware that they may be placed in a preliminary round and may be assigned to play the weekend prior to the first round of the tournament.
Each game will consist of two equal halves of 40 minutes each. Regular season game overtimes shall be resolved by playing no more than two "sudden victory" overtime periods not to exceed ten minutes each. If a tie persists at that point, the game is over and is recorded as a tie. In post-season play, the procedure to determine a game winner will be the state adopted method of the National Federation Soccer Rules Book.
PIAA Qualifiers - only two teams qualify, the WPIAL Champion and runner-up.
Players and coaches who receive hard red cards and are disqualified from any game by the game official will not be permitted to participate in the next scheduled game played by their team at the same level of competition. Repeated red card offenders will be subjected to more severe penalties.
The PIAA Board of Directors has adopted a rule for ALL LEVELS OF SOCCER for the 2010-2011 school year that REQUIRES "that a player who receives a yellow card sit out a mandatory period of five minutes as indicated on the soccer game clock."
2010 CLASS AAA ALIGNMENT - 31 TEAMS
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