2018-2019 Game Summaries
There was a fall chill in the air at Cupples Stadium on the South Side as North Allegheny Boys Soccer took on the Taylor Allderdice Dragons, missing several key players due to injury and illness. The Tigers used goals by juniors J.D. Runatz and Matt Van Kirk to beat the Dragons, 2-0, and remain in second place for the section.
As the first half commenced, senior goalie Devon Angermeier was quickly tested at the 36:25 mark. A turnover by the Tigers defense allowed a Dragon forward to unleash wicked strike from close range. Angermeier was able to make a one handed save, pushing the path of the ball northward above the crossbar. One minute later, Van Kirk received a well-played pass from senior Nick Bridges and drove a volley towards the net that the Allderdice goalie was able to deflect. A quick Dragon counter attack found junior defender Jason Roman needing to snuff a hard shot from just outside the 18’. Roman continued with multiple defensive gems throughout the afternoon’s play. The Tigers were able to find the back of the net early in this one as junior midfielder Will Cinker slid a sharp angled through ball behind the Dragon back line where Runatz beat his defender and buried his first goal of the season and a 1-0 lead. The best scoring chance for the balance of the half was at the 8:00 mark when senior defender Niko Hindsbo took a direct free kick from 20’ that sailed just high and wide left of the frame.
The second half began with each team trading close to equal possession time through the first 15 minutes. A great scoring opportunity came at 23:58 when Van Kirk beat his defender and got off an angled rolling shot from the right that caromed off the left post and back to Cinker. After drilling one off the goalie, Cinker slid the rebound to junior forward Sam Passodelis who one timed a shot that rose above the crossbar and out of play. The Tigers persistence in the offensive end would eventually pay off. At 9:41, Bridges earned possession in the Dragons end and swung it wide left to Cinker on the wing and from about 30’ out launched a rainbow cross toward the back post. Van Kirk, who had out-positioned his defender to be able to land a solid header that found its way past the Dragon goalie, giving the Tigers a 2-0 lead that would hold for the balance of the match. Senior center-backs Austin Smith and Brennan Donovan once again delivered stout defense, partnering with Angermeier and several rotating outside backs earning the Tigers fifth clean sheet of the season.
The Tigers outshot the Dragons 11-4 and had a nine-minute edge in possession time. The Tigers improve to 6-2 in section play, 7-2 overall, and will play host this Tuesday to the Seneca Valley Raiders at Newman Stadium. The game between NA and SV will be broadcast live via the internet by the North Allegheny Sports Network.
Boys Soccer Summary vs. Allderdice, 9-22-18
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The North Allegheny boys’ soccer team traveled to Pine-Richland hoping to hold onto a share of the top of the table in Section 1-4A. The Rams did not comply and scored a late goal with two minutes remaining in the game, beating the Tigers 1-0. It was their first victory over NA in nine matches dating back to 2014.
The game started slowly with both teams trading equal offensive possessions and opportunities through the first 20 minutes. Juniors Sam Passodelis and Luke Anderson had the best scoring chances early on, but PR goalie Tom Fest made saves on each. Later, junior J.D. Runatz lofted a sharp-angled volley off the left crossbar that could not be finished. Senior goalie Devon Angermeier made multiple quality saves to keep the Tigers even at 0-0 at the end of the first half.
In the first 15 minutes of the second half, the Rams had a slight edge in possession time, however, they were still unable to penetrate the tough Tiger back line. Mid-way through the second half, senior Sam Wilson delivered a well-placed corner kick that found senior Nick Bridges on the back post. A Bridges header then sailed wide of the goal. Shortly after, junior Will Cinker found junior Sam Maldia with a nice through ball, but the PR goalie made a strong save on Maldia’s near-in shot. As the clock wound down, it appeared OT was inevitable, until a loose ball caromed Pine’s way and found Abhinav Venkatakrishnan streaking behind the Tigers defense with a clear shot to the net. Venkatakrishnan buried a well-placed strike to the bottom right corner. The Tigers battled fiercely for the final two minutes but could not get the even-up mark. The Tigers had the edge in corner kicks 7-2 while Pine had the advantage in direct free kicks, 16-12, and shots on goal, 9-8.
The Tigers fall to 6-2 overall, 4-2 in the section and travel to Allderdice on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
Boys Soccer Summary vs. Pine-Richland, 9-20-18
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The North Allegheny boys’ soccer team faced off with the Shaler Titans on Tuesday night and earned another hard-fought, section win, 2-0.
The first shot of the match, registered by senior midfielder Kyle Kaczmarek, occurred at 34:25 and was easily saved by Shaler goalkeeper Zane Kissel. Six minutes later, Kaczmarek laced a swinging corner kick right into the box that found junior midfielder Will Cinker open in front of the net. From short range Cinker delivered a downward header with a clean finish into the net which would end up being the only goal the Tigers would need on this warm night.
At 22:20, another quality scoring change was delivered when junior midfielder Matt Van Kirk struck a clean volley from short range that Kissel was able to save. Later another good opportunity was squelched as junior midfielder Sam Maldia launched northward and connected with a flying header sent in on a corner kick from Cinker that was again saved by Kissel. Six substitutions at the 18:50 mark were made by Coach Bobby Vosmaer, most notably, junior forward Sam Passodelis who again used speed to create some of the best scoring chances for NA in the half. Two breakaways by Passodelis and a header by junior forward J.D. Runatz were saved by the Shaler GK, keeping the score 1-0 as the first half closed.
In the second half, the lead was extended to 2-0 as Passodelis lured the goalie from the net and deftly delivered an accurate chip over his head and into the net for his second goal of the season. Later senior goalkeeper Chad Fairfield entered the game at 26:03 replacing starter senior Devon Angermeier and partnered well with the solid Tiger backline earning their fourth shutout win of the year. For the game, the Tigers had the edge with corner kicks, 5-0, and shots on goal, 12-7, while the Titans had the edge on direct free kicks, 9-7.
With the win, North Allegheny improves to 6-1 overall and 5-1 in Section 1-AAAA. Shaler slides to 1-7 overall and 0-6 in the section. The Tigers will visit Pine-Richland on Thursday night for another big section matchup.
Boys Soccer Summary vs. Shaler, 9-18-18
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Senior captains Nico Ramirez and Nick Bridges stood at midfield awaiting the coin flip on what felt like a very hot summer day at Fox Chapel Stadium, however it only was mid-September. The Tigers have missed Ramirez’s offensive prowess as one of the top returning weapons in the attack still out due to a lower body injury. Bridges, after missing the last two games, returned triumphantly, delivering the only goal in a 1-0 North Allegheny victory against Fox Chapel.
The Tigers offense began a little sluggish through the first ten minutes, but quickly generated a quality opportunity at the 31:30 mark. A flick behind the defense from senior forward Sam Wilson found junior forward Jonathan Ross who volleyed it off the crossbar. Only three minutes expired before the next quality chance was converted. In a sequence that started deep in the Tigers zone when junior midfielder Will Cinker, took possession from a FC attacker, quickly finding Ross on the left wing who initiated a give and go with Wilson. Once receiving the clean touch back from Wilson, Ross delivered a perfectly placed, rolling cross to a streaking Bridges coming from the right wing who brilliantly buried the one and only goal of the game, bottom right past the diving FC goalie. Mass substitutions on both sides began early on this blistering Saturday. Notably junior midfielder Andrew Solman, seeing his first action of the young season, brought a physical style of play matching up well with the Foxes’ midfielders. Junior midfielder Sam Passodelis used his speed to beat the defender to the left corner and delivered a well-placed cross to junior Bryce Boroughs, but the shot was then pushed wide of the net.
Coach Vosmaer made a change at goalkeeper to start the second half with senior Grant Baierl taking over for senior Devon Angermeier. Shortly after the kick-off a quick offensive chance developed for NA when at the 37:01 mark, Cinker beat his defender and delivered a looping cross from the right that found Ross at close range in the box, but was quickly defended well and a shot was pushed wide of the net. At 36:10, Bridges took a rough foul from an over-aggressive Foxes defender forcing him out of the game. Junior Jack Walsh replaced Bridges and immediately served a beauty of a swinging corner kick into the box that was quickly cleared by the Foxes. At 19:55, senior midfielder Michael Mitole was inserted to inject some much-needed energy to the midfield. Offensive chances were limited for the Tigers the rest of the way, with only Passodelis creating a quality chance with a burst of speed breaking away from the defense but was unable to convert on the scoreboard. Team defense was challenged persistently throughout the second half and these 2018 Tigers were up to the task. Stellar defensive play by senior captain and center back duo of Austin Smith and Brennan Donovan continued again this day clearing and stopping dozens of offensive attacks by the Foxes, protecting the inside. Senior defenders Drew Hunker and Nikolaj Hindsbo paired with junior defenders Ryan Schwartz and Jason Roman on the outside to ensure the defense was protecting the lead while intense pressure from the Foxes was maintained throughout most of the half.
On the day, the Tigers outshot the Foxes 10-8, had an edge in direct free kicks, 15-13, and had one less corner kick than the Foxes, 7-6. With their third shutout of the season, the Tigers improve to 4-1 in the section, 5-1 overall and resume section play at Shaler this Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
North Allegheny Boys Soccer took their unblemished record through four games into Butler for a match against the second place Golden Tornado and it was clear from the start that Butler was motivated to change that streak. Two goals and solid play from Butler senior forward Tate Mohney led the Golden Tornado to a 3-1 victory, bringing the Tigers streak to an end.
The scoring started early when Mohney received a long ball on the right-hand side, beating two NA defenders and dribbling through another to get a clean and uncontested shot against senior goalkeeper Devon Angermeier. That shot found the back of the net at the 37:45 of the first half for a 1-0 Butler lead.
Shortly after another Butler breakaway chance forced the need for a foul from senior defender Brennan Donovan at 34:03 and a yellow card was issued. The direct free kick that immediately followed led to the second goal of the game for Butler after ping-ponging off two Butler attackers and into the net at 33:55. Adam Blose was credited with the goal, giving the Golden Tornado a 2-0 lead.
Pressure by the Tigers generated a great opportunity later in the half. Junior midfielder Jack Walsh, earning his first start of the year, lofted a perfectly placed corner kick into the box that senior midfielder Kyle Kaczmarek headed towards the net only to see it bang off the crossbar and back. For the balance of the half, the teams traded possessions with not many quality scoring chances throughout until 6:05. Mohney was fouled in the box, awarded a penalty kick and found the back of the net raising the score to 3-0, Butler.
Shortly upon starting the second half it was evident the Golden Tornado were fine with just sitting back, kicking the long ball and working the clock. Some fresh legs with an early substitution helped generate some early offensive chances for North Allegheny when juniors JD Runatz, Sam Passodelis, Matt Van Kirk and Justin Mericle entered the game. The Tigers finally scored at 31:06 when a long, arching throw-in from senior defender Drew Hunker found Will Cinker, with his back to the net, forcing a half bicycle kick that went over the Butler goalie’s hands to cut the score to 3-1, Butler.
Chances were few the balance of the way as the Golden Tornado continued to work the clock and the Tigers struggled to maintain consistent possession for a comeback. Butler staved off NA for a 3-1 victory.
North Allegheny falls to 4-1 overall and 3-1 in Section 1-AAAA. Butler leapfrogs NA into first place with a 3-0-1 section record. The Tigers resume action this Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Fox Chapel.
Boys Soccer Summary vs. Butler, 9-13-18
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