2017-2018 Game Summaries
Senior Josh Luchini netted four goals to spark a North Allegheny 4-1 triumph over the Hampton Talbots on Monday evening.
Visiting Hampton scored a goal at 25:59 to take a 1-0 lead over the Tigers with their only shot on goal in the half. North Allegheny’s offense was held in check with Hampton’s defensive trap aiding in eight offside calls on the Tigers. North Allegheny was finally able to break through at 19:06 when Cam Yurick found Luchini over the top of the defense and Luchini’s shot overpowered the Talbot goalie to tie the game 1-1 with North Allegheny’s only shot of the half.
In the beginning of the second half, the Tigers continued to possess the ball but still had no shots on goal until Luchini pounced on a Hampton clear at 20:32 and scored from 20 yards out for a 2-1 lead. Minutes later, Nico Ramirez found Luchini with a deftly placed through ball at 16:42 that Luchini buried for his third goal of the game. Not to be outdone, Sam Wilson again made a superb pass to Luchini cutting through the defense for his fourth goal of the game and his 26th of the season for a 4-1 advantage. Drew Hunker, Austin Smith and Nikolaj Hindsbo all contributed valuable minutes in the second half.
North Allegheny finishes the regular season with a 15-2-1 record along with a 9-0-1 section record. The Tigers will be advised of their WPIAL playoff seeding and pairing later in the week.
Boys Soccer Summary vs. Hampton, 10-16-17
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The NA Tigers celebrated Senior Recognition Day at Newman Stadium Saturday afternoon with a dominating offensive and defensive performance, defeating the Thomas Jefferson Jaguars 10-0.
The NA seniors Ethan Schenk, Josh Rouser, Stanley Owens, Sam Buirge, Luke Stephen, Ryan Earle, Grant Glorioso, Sam Neal, Sean Atwater, Christian Giannetti, Josh Luchini, Cam Yurick, Zac Marzula, Nick Williams, Isaac Ciocca and Ian Wilson were honored in a pre-game ceremony thanking them and their parents for their dedication and hard-work throughout their soccer careers at North Allegheny.
The Tigers opened the scoring at 33:17 when Williams scored off a corner-kick by Atwater, and it was just the beginning. After two near misses by Luchini, Yurick made it 2-0 at 23:51 off an assist by Luchini. Soon after that Atwater scored from 15-yards at 17:34 to add to the Tigers’ lead. The Tigers had a few more chances in the first half, including a nice save by the Jaguar’s keeper on rocket-shot by Atwater from 20 yards out, and Ciocca just missing from in close at the 8:40 mark. The Tigers ended-up out-shooting the Jaguars 10-1 in the first half and came away with a 3-0 lead.
The second-half was an impressive show of force as the Tigers scored seven goals. It started at 32:58 with Yurick’s second goal of the game off an assist by Rouser. Luchini then showed why he was recently selected as a high-school All-American by scoring two goals nine seconds apart: at 31:32 and again at 31:23 from 25 yards out. Not to be outdone Yurick completed a hat trick at 27:05 off a nice assist from Marzula, making it 7-0.
Soon after that Coach Bobby Vosmaer subbed out the entire 11 senior players on the field who left to a standing ovation from the fans at Newman Stadium. The new players showed that the future of NA soccer is bright as they proceeded to score 3 more goals: Jonny Ross at 15:33 off an assist from Nico Ramirez, Kyle Kaczmarek at 11:37 from a pass in front from Nikolaj Hindsbo, and Ross again at 8:00 off another assist from Ramirez, making the final score 10-0.
With the win the Tigers’ record improves to 14-2-1 and they have one regular-season game remaining on Monday vs. the Hampton Talbots at Newman Stadium at 7:30pm, with the WPIAL Playoffs to follow.
Thank you to all the fans, the NA Administration, and the many volunteers who made the NA Boys Soccer 2017 Senior Recognition Day a day to remember.
by Boys Soccer Contributor
Teams on opposite ends of the section met on Tuesday night and winless North Hills proved to be a formidable opponent for the first-place Tigers despite their record. While the Indians played improved soccer, it wasn’t enough as North Allegheny claimed a 3-1 victory to finish section play unbeaten.
The Indians had the Tigers offense confused much of the night even though North Allegheny had five shots on goal during the half along with eight corners, compared to zero shots and zero corners for North Hills. Josh Luchini (2) and Zach Marzula had good shots thwarted away by the Indians goalie, along with Nick Williams and Cam Yurick.
In the second half, coach Bobby Vosmaer started Isaac Ciocca and Brennan Donovan which added some aggressiveness to the game, and at 31:59, Ryan Earle scored off a Sean Atwater pass off a free kick to take a 1-0 lead. That lead was short-lived as the Tigers were called for a handball in the box and North Hills made the penalty kick, tying the game 1-1. At 21:00, the Tigers were awarded a free kick and Atwater found Luke Stephen in front who headed the pass into the Indians net for a 2-1 lead. Marzula, at 13:27, completed the scoring off a corner feed from Luchini for a 3-1 final.
North Allegheny concludes section play with a 9-0-1 record and 13-2-1 mark overall. Senior night will be celebrated before the Tigers upcoming game versus Thomas Jefferson this Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
On a damp and foggy night at Newman Stadium the NA Tigers defeated the Butler Tornado, 3-0.
The Tigers struck first on a goal by Cam Yurick at the 34:56 mark, assisted by Josh Luchini for a quick 1-0 lead. The Tigers spent the rest of the half thwarting the Butler attack. Led by the defensive back-line of Stanley Owens, Luke Stephen, Nick Williams and Christian Giannetti, the Tigers didn’t allow a single shot by Butler in the first half. Meanwhile, Butler keeper Andrew Chwalik made two spectacular saves on shots by Luchini to keep the score 1-0 at half.
The second half saw the Tigers open up the attack as they continued to generate strong scoring chances against the Tornado defense. They broke through at the 33:54 mark as sophomore Jonathan Ross took a pass from Luchini and sent a low, driving shot into the Butler net. The pressure didn’t abate and at the 22:34 mark Yurick scored his second goal of the game off an assist from Sean Atwater. The Tigers defense and keeper Grant Glorioso held strong and preserved the shutout for a 3-0 final.
The Tigers’ Section 1 AAAA record now stands at 8-0-1 and their overall record at 12-2-1. The next game is the last remaining section game, away against North Hills, next Tuesday at 7:00 pm.
The North Allegheny boys’ soccer team clinched a section title for the first time in 17 years courtesy of a 3-2 victory at Pine-Richland on Tuesday night. The Tigers received a hat trick from senior Josh Luchini to secure the win, giving him 20 goals on the season. North Allegheny extended its head-to-head unbeaten streak over the Rams to eight consecutive games.
Entering the night in fourth place in the Section 1-AAAA standings, Pine-Richland played inspired soccer and stormed out of the gates for the first goal of the night, scoring in the 2nd minute on a marker by Justin Rossmiller for a 1-0 lead. The Rams had the better of the play in the first half but were unable to extend the lead thanks to NA’s fine defensive efforts and senior goalie Grant Glorioso. North Allegheny eventually drew even with Pine-Richland at 1-1 when Luchini scored his first goal of the night with 7:38 remaining in the half.
In the second half, North Allegheny turned the tables on Pine-Richland and dictated the pace. The Tigers grabbed a 2-1 lead when Sean Atwater sent a free kick on net and Luchini scored on a header with 37:17 on the clock. Less than two minutes later, Luchini scored his third goal of the evening when he drove a shot from 25 yards out into the top left corner of the PR net to bring the score to 3-1, Tigers. For his efforts, Luchini was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.
The Tigers cruised through most of the second half until a penalty kick was granted to the Rams and Brian McCarthy capitalized for a goal with 4:53 to play. The marker by McCarthy cut the score to 3-2, Tigers.
North Allegheny held on to the one-goal advantage with stingy defense and deliberate play and seized a 3-2 triumph over its neighborhood foe.
With the win, North Allegheny improves to 11-2-1 overall and 7-0-1 in Section 1-AAAA. Pine-Richland, who has already clinched a playoff spot, falls to 6-4-2 overall and 4-4 in the section. The Tigers will host Butler on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.
Boys Soccer Summary vs. Pine-Richland, 10-3-17
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