2018-2019 Game Summaries
The two-year reign of the North Allegheny boys’ soccer team came to an end as the seventh-seeded Peters Township Indians edged the 10th-seeded Tigers, 1-0, in the opening round of the WPIAL playoffs. Monday’s game marked the third straight year the Tigers and Indians have met in postseason play. Last season, North Allegheny rallied to beat Peters Township, 2-1, in the WPIAL Championship Game.
The Indians scored the only goal of the night on a marker by senior Christian Verner within the first seven minutes of game. The Tigers spent the remainder of the evening threatening the PT net with a furious rally. North Allegheny’s best scoring chance in the first half came with 10:00 minutes remaining on a header attempt from senior Drew Hunker that required a diving save by PT goalie Jackson Basar.
Play in the second half was a bit choppy with Peters Township sitting back on defense. NA’s leading scorer, Will Cinker, dribbled in for a shot with 20:00 on the clock but his left-footed try from 20-yards out missed wide left. The Indians had a golden opportunity to put the game away when the Tigers were called for a hand ball in the goal box with 13:23 left in regulation. However, senior Brian Bruzdewicz missed wide right with his penalty kick opportunity and the score remained, 1-0.
With some extra momentum following the failed penalty kick, North Allegheny nearly found the equalizer with 8:38 remaining on a line-drive shot by Luke Anderson from 10-yards out. Basar made the clutch save and didn’t allow a rebound to deny NA’s final quality scoring chance on the night. Peters Township survived for a 1-0 win in the WPIAL first round.
For a valiant effort throughout the night, and the season, the North Allegheny seniors were named the Wright Automotive Players of the Game by the North Allegheny Sports Network.
Peters Township improves to 11-7 on the season and advances to play second-seeded Norwin on Thursday night. North Allegheny’s campaign ends with a 10-6-1 record and a ninth straight appearance in the WPIAL playoffs. Congratulations to head coach Bobby Vosmaer and the Tigers for a terrific season and two-year run as WPIAL champions.
Boys Soccer Summary vs. Peters Township, 10-22-18
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In the regular season finale, and senior night at Newman Stadium, the North Allegheny boys’ soccer team clinched a playoff berth with a 1-1 tie against the Butler Golden Tornado. By virtue of Monday’s tie, Butler also qualifies for the postseason and finishes in third place in Section 1-AAAA with an 8-4-2 mark. North Allegheny and Fox Chapel conclude the section schedule in a tie for fourth place with an 8-5-1 section record. Because of a season split between the Tigers and Foxes, both teams qualify for postseason play.
With a playoff berth at stake, the contest between NA and Butler was an intense battle from start to finish. The Golden Tornado scored the game’s first goal following a corner kick that was administered by senior Tate Mohney from the right corner. The North Allegheny defense drove the ball right back to Mohney, who lofted a high-arching ball in front that was headed twice, the second of which was directed into the net by Adam Blose for a 1-0 Butler lead with 11:40 to play in the half.
The Tigers returned the favor just under five minutes later on a corner kick that was deflected into the Golden Tornado goal by senior Nick Bridges to even the score at 1-1. The goal was Bridges’ third of the season. For his efforts, Bridges was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game by the North Allegheny Sports Network.
The tie score remained intact through the second half thanks in large part to a North Allegheny defense that was able to stave off Mohney, an all-state forward from a season ago. The Tigers back line of Nikolaj Hindsbo, Austin Smith, Brennan Donovan, Jason Roman, Drew Hunker and Samuel Giannetti combined to thwart the Golden Tornado’s top striker.
In net, Grant Baierl got the start on senior night and performed admirably in the first half. In the second half, fellow senior Devon Angermeier kept Butler off the board and helped NA narrowly avert an own-goal disaster with 3:30 left in the game. With the NA defense attempting to play the ball back toward Angermeier, an errant kick sent the ball trickling toward the Tigers goal. Alertly, Angermeier raced back to the goal line and made a sprawling save to keep the game deadlocked at 1-1.
In overtime, neither team could find a game-winning tally as the night ended in a 1-1 draw.
Overall, North Allegheny sits at 10-5-1 on the season. Butler moves to 10-4-2. Both teams will prepare for the upcoming WPIAL playoffs. The playoff pairings are slated to be announced on Wednesday.
Boys Soccer Summary vs. Butler, 10-15-18
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Pine-Richland scored two goals in the first half and survived a furious rally by North Allegheny in the second half for a 2-1 section win over the Tigers at Newman Stadium on Thursday night. Despite the loss, the Tigers still have a chance to lock up a playoff berth in the season finale on Monday against Butler. Whoever wins that contest will punch their ticket to the postseason and the loser will be eliminated. A tie would place both teams in the playoffs, along with Fox Chapel. The Foxes will qualify regardless of Monday’s outcome.
In the first ten minutes of the game, the Tigers had a pair of long-distance scoring chances by Kyle Kaczmarek and Nick Bridges but neither attempt tickled the back of the Pine-Richland net. Kaczmarek’s shot at 34:30 of the half missed high over crossbar and Bridges’ line-drive kick was saved by Rams goalie Tom Fest.
With 24:23 to play in the first half, Pine-Richland sophomore Evan Dyni accepted a throw in and sent a centering pass in front of the NA net. The ball was initially headed out by the Tigers but Rams senior Brian McCarthy settled the ball and drove a kick from 20 yard out into the NA net for a 1-0 lead.
The Tigers nearly tied the game with 10:30 to go in the half but a kick from Bridges near the top of the 18 was denied on a leaping save by Fest to keep the Rams ahead, 1-0.
The Rams managed to add on to their lead with just over four minutes to play in the half when senior Caleb Kim’s throw-in landed on the door step and senior Niko Marsh headed the ball into the goal for a 2-0 PR advantage.
In the second half, the Tigers offense found its rhythm and picked up an important goal to swing the pendulum in NA’s direction. On a throw-in with 22:36 to play in regulation, Luke Anderson headed a ball in front that was buried into the PR net by Jonathan Ross to trim the score to 2-1, Rams. A constant spark throughout the night, Ross was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.
With a bit more spring in their step, the Tigers continued to pressure and almost found the equalizer on a free-kick by Niko Hindsbo from 20 yards out that was driven toward the net. The Tigers couldn’t get a clean shot off, however, and the Rams one-goal lead remained intact. Another Hindsbo free kick led to a scoring chance four minutes later as Sam Giannetti put a shot on net but Fest made the save.
Despite a feverish pace down the stretch, Fest and the Pine-Richland defense staved off North Allegheny and held on for the 2-1 victory.
With the loss, North Allegheny falls to 10-5 overall and 8-5 in Section 1-AAAA. Playoff-bound Pine-Richland improves to 10-3-3 on the season and 9-2-3 in the section. The Tigers will host Butler on Monday night in a crucial game with a playoff berth at stake. The game will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network.
Boys Soccer Summary vs. Pine-Richland, 10-11-18
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The North Allegheny boys’ soccer team cruised to an important section win as the end of the regular season approaches. Four different Tigers netted goals on the night while Shaler scored one for themselves and for NA, in an 8-1 Tiger victory.
An adjustment to the starting lineup in the attack paid immediate dividends a little more than two minutes into the match. A beautiful through ball played by senior center-mid Nick Bridges found junior forward Will Cinker beating the defense, charging from the left. Cinker drew the goalie out before placing a rolling cross to the right where junior forward Luke Anderson banged home the first of his three goals on the night at 37:56 remaining in the first half. Approximately seven minutes later Cinker was on the receiving end of a perfectly placed cross from junior midfielder Johnathan Ross. Cinker buried the ball low into the bottom right corner of the net at 30:10, on the first of his two goals on the evening. The balance of the half had multiple good scoring opportunities exceed the Tigers reach and the half ended with NA up 2-0.
As the second half began, junior midfielder Jack Walsh found himself uncovered on several occasions on the back post with two good scoring opportunities from in tight. Shaler goalkeeper Zane Kissel denied both, until the third one where Walsh attempted a cross from near on the right post that caromed off a Titan defender and into the back of the net for an own goal, putting NA ahead 3-0. Shortly after, Ross possessed the ball with deep penetration on the left and once again delivered a well-placed cross in the box. Senior forward Sam Wilson was appropriately waiting on the back post, tapping the fourth Tiger goal into the net at 29:15 of the second.
Before the goal had even been announced, eight seconds later junior midfielder John Ross found Anderson for his second goal of the match, driving a left-footed strike that flew top left into the net, putting the Tigers ahead 5-0. The Titans registered their only goal of the night on a penalty kick with 13.51 remaining. Junior defender Ryan Schwartz fouled Shaler junior forward Sam Bens in the penalty area. Bens then struck the PK off the top right corner of the frame that ricocheted past senior goalkeeper Grant Baierl to trim the score to 5-1.
The mark was quickly countered when at 13:14 Anderson chipped an arching cross to Cinker who banged in his second goal with a clean header past the Shaler goalie, making the score 6-1. Twenty seconds later Anderson secured the hat trick on great feed from junior Sam Passodelis. Scoring closed at the 8:22 mark when Passodelis served up another precise assist, this time to junior Sam Maldia, making the final score 8-1, NA.
On the night the Tigers had the edge in shots on goal, 18-3, corner kicks 6-1 and possession time, 28 minutes to 19 minutes. The Tigers take on another important section game this Thursday at Newman Stadium against the Pine Richland Rams. The game will be broadcast live by the North Allegheny Sports Network.
Boys Soccer Summary vs. Shaler, 10-9-18
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In a battle of two teams vying for a playoff spot out of Section 1-AAAA, the North Allegheny Tigers dropped a 1-0 decision to Fox Chapel on Thursday night. The Tigers had defeated Fox Chapel earlier in the season by the same score. With a season series split, NA and Fox Chapel currently sit in a fourth-place tie for the final playoff spot with three more section games remaining.
The Foxes began the game with intense high pressure that created multiple Tiger turnovers and enabled a significant edge in possession time and quality chances early in the first half. At 36:40, junior forward Sam Passodelis generated the first shot that was handled cleanly by Fox Chapel goalie Clayton Humbert. Shortly after, the Foxes generated multiple chances with a short-range direct free kick followed by a corner kick. As the Tigers scrambled to defend the corner kick, an unmarked junior forward Thomas Tsai caught the Tigers by surprise with a well-placed volley to the top right corner of the net past senior goalkeeper Devon Angermeier for a 1-0 Fox Chapel lead. A few chances ensued for the Tigers with several end-to-end runs, none of which ended up finding the back of the net. One of the best opportunities occurred at 19:47 when junior midfielder Saif Ali connected on a strong pass to a diving senior midfielder Nick Bridges. While on the ground, Bridges re-directed the pass to junior midfielder Will Cinker who launched an arching shot that carried just inches higher than the right corner of the cross bar. The Foxes then continued with their aggressive play, amassing several yellow cards in the half.
The Foxes seemed comfortable with the 1-0 lead, falling back into a defensive mode for most of the second half. Senior defender Niko Hindsbo had a strong blast from 30-feet out that sailed wide of the net early in the half. The balance of the half had the Tigers struggling to connect clean passes and penetrate the tough Fox Chapel defense. The Tigers back line of junior Samuel Giannetti, seniors Brennan Donovan, Austin Smith and Hindsbo, once again delivered solid defense, regaining possession of the ball multiple times and feeding the midfielders during the comeback attempt.
During the match, the Tigers had a seven-minute edge in possession time, and a 7-4 advantage in shots on goal. The Foxes had the edge in corner kicks, 2-0.
North Allegheny slips to 9-4 overall and 7-4 in the section. Fox Chapel improves to 10-5 overall and 7-4 in Section 1-AAAA. The Tigers will host a struggling Shaler team on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Boys Soccer Summary vs. Fox Chapel, 10-4-18
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