2020-2021 Game Summaries
The North Allegheny boys’ soccer team earned a hard-fought section win on Monday night with a 1-0 triumph over the Pine-Richland Rams at Newman Stadium. Senior Alex Joy netted the only goal of the game with 31:32 to play in the second half to propel the Tigers to victory. For scoring the game-winning marker, Joy was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.
In the first 10 minutes of the contest, it appeared Pine-Richland might strike first with consistent pressure in the NA zone. A free kick from midfield by Cale Klaff gave PR it’s best opportunity in the opening flurry. The free kick by Klaff caromed off the head of an NA defender and slowly toward the Tigers’ net. However, a hustling and sliding kick save by forward Kensly Owens on the doorstep kept the game scoreless.
In the remaining minutes of the half, North Allegheny had several good scoring chances as well. At 19:04 left in the half, Owens let loose a shot from 10 yards out on the right wing that clanged off the left post. Just two minutes later, Will Stasko had an open shot from 25-yards out but narrowly missed high. With 3:50 remaining in the half, Evan Anderson sent a crossing pass from the right corner in front and a header attempt by Phillip Iozzi also came tantalizingly close but missed just high. Despite NA’s steady pressure, the score remained scoreless at intermission.
In the second half, the Tigers finally broke the deadlock on a transition rush up field. With crisp passing from Alok Shah in the midfield, to Owens and then Stasko down the right wing, led to a crossing pass by Stasko who found a wide-open Joy in front of the net. Joy cashed in by burying a shot from 10 yards out to give NA a 1-0 lead with 31:32 left in the second half.
Pine-Richland’s best chance to tie the game came with 25 minutes remaining but a diving stop by NA goalie Regan Racicot denied PR sophomore Colin Zvejnieks and the score stayed, 1-0, North Allegheny. From there, the Tigers controlled possession and held on for the one-goal victory.
The shutout is North Allegheny’s fifth on the season, one more than the Tigers had all of last season.
The win keeps North Allegheny a three-way tie for first place with a 4-1-1 record in Section 1-AAAA. The Tigers sit at 5-1-1 overall, while Pine-Richland drops to 2-3-1 in the section. The Tigers and Rams will not have to wait long for a rematch as the two teams meet again on Wednesday night in Gibsonia.
Boys Soccer Summary vs. Pine-Richland, 9-28-20
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By Jared Barton
North Allegheny took down the top team in the section, defeating Fox Chapel 3-0 at Newman Stadium Saturday night.
It was a game of saves in the first half, as starting senior goalkeepers Regan Racicot of NA and Clayton Humbert of Fox Chapel were solid in the first half. Seniors Phillip Iozzi and Kensly Owens both had good chances in the first frame. Junior Evan Anderson had Humbert beat with less than 10 minutes left in the half as well, but backspin on the ball stopped it from rolling into the net. There was no score after one half.
Fox Chapel looked to have the better chances at the start of the second half but North Allegheny quickly turned the tides. Senior netminder Mikkel Hindsbo took over in the second half and stayed strong in net, even with his vision impaired for a time by the setting sun to the west. With just over 15 minutes remaining in the game, Anderson would again get behind Humbert on a breakaway and he did not miss this time as the Tigers took a 1-0 lead. About six minutes later, Anderson split two defenders and fed a pass to senior Evan Cole, who buried it behind Humbert for a 2-0 lead. In garbage time, senior Sean Moore took advantage of a Fox Chapel turnover and went five-hole on Humbert to seal the win.
Anderson took home Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors with his two-point night.
With the loss, Fox Chapel drops to 3-2 in both conference and overall play. The Foxes take on the Butler Golden Tornado at home Wednesday night. The Foxes fall from first place in the section to fourth place.
North Allegheny improves to 4-1-1 overall and 3-1-1 in conference play. NA is now in a three-way tie for first place with Butler and Seneca Valley.
The Tigers will be back in action Monday night at Newman Stadium against the Pine Richland Rams, a game you can watch on the North Allegheny Sports Network at 7:30 pm.
Boys Soccer Summary vs. Fox Chapel, 9-26-20
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by Jonathan Spina
Kensly Owens scored four goals in the first half and North Allegheny added four more in the second half as the Tigers rolled past North Hills 8-0 on Thursday night at Newman Stadium.
Owens’ first goal came five minutes into the game when he navigated through the Indians defense with no resistance and put a shot in the back of the net for a 1-0 lead. His next goal came three minutes after that when he got a great cross into the box and showed great athleticism to deflect the ball in the air and make the game 2-0. With 25:16 left in the first half, Owens took a shot from 25 yards out that went top right corner and it was all working for him and the Tigers as they led 3-0. The final goal for Owens came with 18:44 remaining in the half as he once again was able to speed past all of North Hills’ defenders and score to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead at the half.
The second half started slow from a scoring standpoint. North Allegheny had numerous opportunities to add on with several point-blank chances and three posts were hit. Finally with eight minutes left in the game Sean Moore scored his first goal of the season giving NA a 5-0 lead. Three minutes later, Evan Anderson picked up his first goal of the game and then scored again 40 seconds later, and the route was on, as the Tigers were up 7-0. Evan Cole picked up his first of the year for good measure and when the final horn sounded the Tigers came out with the 8-0 win.
Owens was the Wright Automotive Player of the Game picking up four goals in less than a twenty minute span. Regan Racicot and Mikkel Hindsbo combined for the shutout.
North Allegheny improves to 3-1-1 overall and 2-1-1 in section play. North Hills falls to 0-3 overall and in the section. Up next for the Tigers will be a meeting with Fox Chapel, Saturday, at 5:30 p.m. at Newman Stadium. This game will be broadcasted live on the North Allegheny Sports Network.
Boys Soccer Summary vs. North Hills, 9-24-20
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by Boys Soccer Contributor
The North Allegheny Tigers traveled to Seneca Valley on Tuesday to take on the undefeated Seneca Valley Raiders and came away with a 1-1 tie in Section 1-AAAA action.
The Tigers came out aggressive in this contest and created the first opportunity on a corner kick only three minutes into the game. Kensly Owens drove the corner into the box but the shot was wide right. NA received another corner six minutes later and Jacob Gardner headed the cross wide left. They kept applying pressure on the Raiders defense and off of a free kick, Jonathan Swann fed William Stasko, who put a cross right to the head of Evan Anderson, who finished the feed for a beautiful goal and a 1-0 North Allegheny lead.
NA continued to apply pressure and dominate possession for the next ten minutes. They created several chances, but couldn’t find the back of the net. The defense played strong with Owen Smith, Jacob Gardner, Max Kress and Jonathan Swann keeping the Raiders off of the board. The half ended with NA holding the slim one goal lead.
The Raiders came out strong to start the second half created an opportunity in the first minute of play, but Mikkel Hindsbo was able to make the save. NA got the next chance of the game with Philip Iozzi getting a low shot on goal, but it was saved by Seneca goalkeeper Adam Davies. Minutes later, Owens ripped a hard shot from the right side that went just left of the far post. As the teams continued to go back and forth with chances, Seneca forward Connor Schmidt finally buried a header to tie the score at 1-1 twelve minutes into the half.
The rest of the half was dominated by Seneca Valley, but NA hung tough to keep the game tied. It looked like NA would get the go-ahead goal with two minutes left when Anderson made a nice run down the right side of the field and fed a beautiful pass to the foot of Iozzi. However, the Seneca goalie closed quickly towards Iozzi and made the save. Regulation play ended in a 1-1 tie.
In overtime, both teams played hard and had a few chances. However, neither team could find a goal in the twenty minutes of extra play and the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
The Tigers next play on Thursday night against North Hills. It will be senior night to honor the senior members of the team.
Boys Soccer Summary vs. Seneca Valley, 9-22-20
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by Jared Barton
North Allegheny secured the first conference win of the fall with a 2-0 victory over Shaler Saturday night at Newman Stadium.
The Tigers spent a majority of the game in the offensive zone, specifically in the first half. After a couple of good looks in front of the Titan net, junior forward Evan Anderson buried the first marker of the game off of a sharp feed from senior Kensly Owens from the far side of the field with 22:02 left in the half. Later in the period, Anderson thought he had a second goal in the game after taking a pass from junior Zoha Peterson, but the officials deemed him offside.
It didn’t take much time for NA to find the twine the second half. Kensly Owens took the shot from about 15 yards out to give the Tigers the 2-0 lead with 38:39 left in the game.
Senior goalkeeper Regan Racicot earned the shutout for North Allegheny.
Owens was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game after scoring two points.
Shaler has yet to score a goal in the 2020 season, and fall to 0-3 in both conference and overall play. The Titans take on Butler at home Tuesday night.
North Allegheny improves to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in section play on the season. The Tigers hit the road to face Seneca Valley Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.
Boys Soccer Summary vs. Shaler, 9-19-20
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