2019-2020 Game Summaries
On Tuesday night, the North Allegheny boys’ soccer team visited Shaler High school for only the second road section on the eighth game of the season. The Tigers rebounded well with a strong defensive effort, posting their first shutout of the year, 3-0.
The first opportunities of the evening came on two consecutive corner kicks, both well placed in the scoring area delivered by senior midfielder J.D. Runatz, however neither were able to be finished. The Tigers controlled a strong edge of the possession time throughout most of the first period and capitalized with 13:17 remaining in the half. Senior midfielder Bryce Boroughs assisted sophomore forward Evan Anderson, who found the back of the net for the fifth time on the season, putting the Tigers on the board first, 1-0. Several nice offensive opportunities were generated by senior defender Samuel Giannetti, one delivered senior midfielder Matt Van Kirk and the other to senior midfielder/defender Sam Passodelis, but both were saved by the Shaler goalkeeper.
The second half started with a bang, when at 34:40 remaining, senior forward/midfielder Will Cinker placed a tremendous through-ball to Passodelis for a great scoring situation on the right side. Passodelis capitalized on the opportunity, quickly burying a shot past the goalie, bar-down, right side of the crossbar, putting NA up 2-0. Five short minutes later, junior midfielder Zoha Peterson lofted a perfect volley finding Van Kirk unguarded in the box, who quickly headed it past the Shaler goalie for the third and final goal in the 3-0 victory. The Tiger backline of Giannetti, senior centerbacks Jonathan Ross and Jason Roman with junior defender Johnathan Swann played 80 stellar minutes of hard-nosed defense, allowing only 2 shots on senior goalkeeper Jonathan Partridge who aided in delivering the first clean sheet of the season for the Tigers.
The Tigers improved to 5-3 overall and 3-3 in Section 1-AAAA. NA will host section rival Pine Richland on Thursday night at 5:00 p.m at Newman Stadium. The contest will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network.
Boys Soccer Summary vs. Shaler, 9-17-19
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The North Allegheny Boys Soccer team hosted the Fox Chapel Foxes on Saturday at Newman Stadium. The Tigers dropped a 4-0 decision to the Foxes in Section 1-AAAA action.
The two team teams played evenly on possession time through the first 20 minutes of the first half. Consecutive breakaway opportunities by junior forwards Phillip Iozzi and Kensley Owens both sailed high above the cross bar. At 14:15 remaining of the half, Fox Chapel got would stand as the game winning goal by a header from senior forward Luca Fonteccio. Solid defensive play by senior defender Johnathan Ross and saves by goalkeeper Johnathan Partridge kept the score at 1-0 at the half.
The second half saw Fox Chapel take command in shots and time of possession, getting their second goal with 32:24 remaining from sophomore forward Eli Yofan. Shortly after the Tigers had another of few scoring opportunities when Iozzi delivered a well-placed cross in tight to senior midfielder Justin Mericle, however his jumping volley sailed high above the crossbar. Two goals from the Foxes, one each by junior defender Ethan Flanders and junior defender Jack Nury, closed out the 4-0 Fox Chapel victory.
The Tigers, who fall to 4-3 overall, 2-3 in the section, will travel to Shaler on Tuesday for another section match.
Boys Soccer Summary vs. Fox Chapel, 9-14-19
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North Allegheny hosted section rival Butler at Newman Stadium on Thursday night. After going up 2-1 in the second half the Tigers surrender two late goals, losing the match 3-2. The Tigers played a man down for the final 17 minutes.
The first 10 minutes of the match had equal possession time between the two teams with no quality scoring opportunities coming from either side. With 26:33 remaining in the half junior forward Philip Iozzi had received a pass in tight but pushed close-in shot just slightly wide left of the goal. Two consecutive beautiful saves by senior goalkeeper Jonathan Partridge at 19:20 remaining kept Butler off the scoreboard. North Allegheny got the first tally for a 1-0 lead when senior midfielder Matt Van Kirk created a turnover in the Butler end. Van Kirk quickly found senior forward Will Cinker, who beat the goalie and the last defender for a tap in goal with 9:39 left in the half. The lead was short-lived however as NA surrendered a goal driven by foul outside the penalty area from the left, tying the game at one apiece where it stayed for the remainder of the half.
Roughly midway through the second half, Van Kirk, a steady catalyst of offensive opportunities for the Tigers in this young season, generated another great scoring opportunity for another teammate. This time he switched the play when the Butler defense was overloaded to the left and found senior forward/defender Sam Passodelis wide open on the right, who struck a strong shot, low and left past the Butler goalie, putting NA up 2-1. With 16:40 left in the game, the Tigers found themselves needing to play the balance of the match down one player, when sophomore forward Evan Anderson was issued a yellow and then a red card on a foul at midfield. The field then tilted slightly toward the Tiger end for the balance of the match. Goals by senior midfielder Lucas Shook and then junior forward Evan Fetter put the Golden Tornado up 3-2, where the score remained.
The Tigers resume play on Saturday during SoccerFest with another section match against Fox Chapel. The junior varsity starting at 11:00 AM and varsity at 12:30.
by Jared Barton
North Allegheny took care of business at Newman Stadium Tuesday night, beating Pittsburgh Central Catholic in 2-1 in a Section 1-AAAA contest.
The Vikings held the early advantage, scoring the game’s opening goal just 1:23 into the contest off the foot of junior William Koloc. That would be the only offensive highlight for the rest of Central’s game, as the Tigers grabbed a majority of the offensive possession for the rest of the game. With 3:39 left in the first half, and after a few near goals, Jonathan Ross booted a free kick from Watoward the Central Catholic net, which was headed for a score by sophomore Evan Anderson to tie the game at 1-1. The Vikings thought they had the go-ahead goal with a second left on the first half clock, but the officials called a Central Catholic player offside, which took the score off the board.
The second half was all Tigers, as NA controlled the offensive tempo throughout. With 34:24 left in the game, a Jason Roman header accounted for the eventual game-winner in a 2-1 triumph.
Evan Anderson earned Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors for his game-tying goal and strong play throughout the contest.
Central Catholic falls to 1-4 on the season and 0-3 in Section play. The Vikings next take on Allderdice later this week.
North Allegheny improves to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in section play. The Tigers face Butler in a section game at home Thursday at 7:30 pm.
Boys Soccer Summary vs. Central Catholic, 9-10-19
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The stands were a little more crowded on a warm Saturday evening where the North Allegheny Boys Soccer program recognized their Middle School and Freshman teams on the field at halftime. The varsity team was primed to entertain the fans as they netted eight total goals during an 8-2 non-section victory over the Penn-Trafford Warriors.
Penn Trafford scored first when junior forward Logan Hummert got a cleanly struck header on a cross from the right that found its way past junior goalkeeper Mikkel Hindsbo within the first two minutes of the game. That goal was matched midway through the half as senior midfielder Andrew Solman delivered a rocket strike from 20’ out that was too hot for the goalie to handle, bouncing directly to junior forward/defender Jacob Gardner who promptly finished the chance with his first goal of the season. Shortly after, NA surged with some fancy footwork by junior forward Phillip Iozzi, who delivered a strong left-footed cross from the right side that found junior Kensley Owens who promptly volleyed the ball past the goalie putting the Tigers up, 2-1. With 11:28 remaining in the half, PT junior midfielder Joe Whipkey finished a rebound off Hindsbo’s outstretched hands knotting the game up at 2 goals apiece. Despite several quality chances delivered by some stealthy offensive opportunities by Solmon, Owens, Iozzi and junior midfielder Will Stasko, the score remained tied 2-2at the half.
In the NA huddle at the start of the second half, the team challenged themselves to score within the first minute. Senior midfielder Matt Van Kirk (MVK) decided a minute was too long. Following a brilliant sequence by senior defender Samuel Giannetti, dicing around two PT defenders and delivering a perfect pass that MVK pushed past the goalie, precisely 32 seconds into the half for a 3-2 lead. Another two minutes later, MVK struck a left-footed laser from 15’ out, giving him his second goal of the match and NA a 4-2 advantage. The fifth goal came when senior defender Jonathan Ross lofted a perfectly placed direct free from the 40’ where sophomore forward Evan Anderson finished in tight for a 5-2 lead. Anderson netted his second of the match, deflecting a well-lofted cross from the left by senior Bryce Boroughs, past the PT goalkeeper, making the score 6-2, NA. Scoring wrapped with a pair of beautiful header goals, one each by Owens, his second of the match, and senior forward Sam Maldia.
North Allegheny had the edge on Penn-Trafford for both shots on goal (16-3) and corner kicks (8-1). The Tigers improve to 3-1 and will host the Central Catholic Vikings at 8:00 PM this Tuesday. The game will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network.
Boys Soccer Summary vs. Penn-Trafford, 9-7-19
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