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Tigers Bow Out To Indians In PIAA Quarterfinals

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By Jonathan Spina

After losing to Peters Township in early September and then beating them in the WPIAL Championship, the Tigers couldn’t make lightning strike twice as Peters Township ended North Allegheny’s season, beating them 3-1 in the PIAA Quarterfinals.

The first 20 minutes were pretty much between the 30s with both teams feeling each other out. With 14:55 left in the first half North Allegheny got a corner kick and it looked like the momentum was shifting in their favor but they didn’t execute on the corner. The Indians were able to counter and Logan Brinsky found the back of the net and Peters Township led, 1-0.

North Allegheny once again got the momentum back, getting a couple scoring chances with none better than when Josh Luchini came down the left side and put a ball through the box that was deflected by Peters goalkeeper Derek Deyarmin.  The carom off of Deyarmin came right onto Cam Yurick’s foot but he was not able to get a good shot off and the Tigers still weren’t on the board.

Peters Township had another rush with about 2:30 left in the first half when Bryce Gabelhart put a shot on net but Tigers keeper Grant Glorioso was able to make the diving save and keep the game at 1-0.

The beginning of the second half was all Peters Township and with 22:41 they were able to break through when a shot saved by Glorioso came onto right to the foot of Matthew Stuck who buried the shot to give Peters a 2-0 lead.

The dagger came 1:22 later when Peters Township got another rush and Gabelhart was able to finish it off with 21:22 left in the game for a 3-0 lead.

North Allegheny continued to fight throughout and dominated the last 20 minutes of the game and broke through with two minutes remaining when Sean Atwater took a free kick from about 40 yards out and his free kick found Luchini’s head for his 36th goal of the season. Ultimately, however, Peters Township held on a win 3-1.

Peters Township improves to 19-1-1 and will advance to the PIAA Semifinals where they will play the winner of Council Rock and Hempfield (District 3) on Tuesday at a site and time to be announced. North Allegheny finishes with a 20-3-1 record and a WPIAL Championship for the second year in a row. The Tiger seniors finish with a record of 60-15-11, a section title, four WPIAL postseason appearances, two WPIAL Championships, two PIAA appearances, one to the quarterfinals and one to the semifinals.

Boys Soccer Summary vs. Peters Township, 11-11-17

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Tigers Pulverize Pine-Richland In PIAA First Round, 5-0

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The North Allegheny boys’ soccer team went toe-to-toe with the Pine-Richland Rams for the third time this season in the first round of the PIAA Class AAAA playoffs. The result of Tuesday’s matchup at Fox Chapel High School was the same as the first two meetings as the Tigers again came away victorious, this time by a 5-0 decision. The win extended NA’s head-to-head unbeaten streak with the Rams to nine consecutive games.

Coming off a thrilling come-from-behind win over Peters Township in the WPIAL championship game last week, it was the title game hero who opened the scoring against the Rams as senior Cam Yurick scored with 20:57 remaining in the first half for a 1-0 lead. With time ticking down in the first half, Yurick provided a helper on a Josh Luchini goal with just 52 seconds to play for a 2-0 lead.

With Pine-Richland pressing for a goal in the second half and becoming more aggressive, the strategy opened up the field for a quick-footed and quick-striking North Allegheny team. With 17:55 remaining in the second half, senior Sean Atwater drove a hard shot that was initially saved by PR goalie Tom Fest. However, Fest allowed a rebound that was buried by Luchini for a 3-0 lead.

Luchini added another goal, his 35th of the season, with 8:02 remaining to improve the NA advantage to 4-0. Tallying a hat trick on the night, Luchini was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.

Not done yet, the Tigers wowed the crowd with one more highlight reel goal as Luchini passed to Nico Ramirez who deftly passed to Yurick who fired in a shot for his 17th goal of the season, and second of the night, to bring the score to its eventual final, 5-0.  Senior goalie Grant Glorioso was barely tested by the Rams and needed to make only one save to secure the shutout.

North Allegheny improves to 20-2-1 overall with the win. Pine-Richland’s season concludes with a record of 14-6-2. The Tigers will take on Peters Township on Saturday in the PIAA quarterfinals at a site and time to be determined.

Boys Soccer Summary vs. Pine-Richland, 11-7-17

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Cam Yurick’s Late Goal Vaults NA To 2nd Straight WPIAL Title

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Cam Yurick’s goal with 5:31 remaining in the game lifted North Allegheny to a stunning 2-1 victory over the top-seeded Peters Township Indians in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship at Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh. Peters Township led most of the game but a bad bounce tied the score with 7:17 left to play and Yurick’s goal less than two minutes later helped the Tigers capture their second straight WPIAL crown and ninth in program history.

The similarities between the 2016 and 2017 Class AAAA championship were eerie. Again North Allegheny faced an undefeated an opponent and managed to steal victory from the jaws of defeat. Last year it was Seneca Valley that fell 2-1 in overtime to the Tigers. Last night in Station Square, it was the Indians who fell victim to NA’s late-game heroics.

In the first half, Peters Township used its team speed to break free for the game’s first goal. Senior forward Bryce Gabelhart streaked down the left sideline and sent a pass in front to Saint Francis University recruit Luke Kelly who drove home the go-ahead goal with 24:47 left in the half. Kelly’s marker gave the Indians a 1-0 lead.

The Indians, led by Big 56 Conference Section 2-AAAA Coach of the Year Bobby Dyer, played outstanding defense and stymied North Allegheny in the first half. The Tigers put forth persistent pressure but defenders, like seniors Moritz Woelk and Kyle McFerran, prevented any open looks in front.

In the second half, the Tigers offense continued to force the issue and finally broke through on a fortunate bounce that turned the tables in this title tilt. In the 73rd minute, North Allegheny floated a ball through the middle of the field where Woelk passed the ball back toward his own net. The ball deflected off of goalkeeper Derek Deyarmin and into the net to even the score at 1-1.

With Peters Township still in shock, North Allegheny capitalized for another goal less than two minutes later. Senior Josh Luchini raced into the box from the left side and threaded the needle with a perfect pass to Yurick for his 15th goal of the season and a 2-1 lead with just over five minutes remaining. The Tigers put the squeeze on the Indians in the waning minutes and held on for the one-goal victory for the Class AAAA title.

With the win, North Allegheny improves to 19-2-1 overall and will face the Pine-Richland Rams on Tuesday in the first round of the PIAA playoffs. Peters Township slips to 17-1-1 on the year and will take on the winner between District 10 champion McDowell and District 6 champion Altoona in a subregional playoff game.

Boys Soccer Summary vs. Peters Township, 11-2-17

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NA Pours It On Canon-McMillan In WPIAL Semifinals, 9-0

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by Dave Floyd

In 2015, the Canon-McMillan boys soccer team took home WPIAL gold in Class AAA. Last year, in Class 4A’s inaugural season, North Allegheny won the WPIAL crown.

After Saturday afternoon’s rainy Class 4A WPIAL semifinal at Mars, the Tigers left little doubt as to who the better team is in 2017.

North Allegheny jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the opening 22 minutes and cruised to a 9-0 victory over the Big Macs. The triumph lifts the second-seeded Tigers into the championship game against top-seeded Peters Township either Thursday, Friday or Saturday at Highmark Stadium.

NA opened the scoring less than seven minutes into Saturday’s contest against the 11th-seeded Big Macs. Senior Ryan Earle sent a cross in front of the net where classmate Josh Luchini, a defender, and the Canon-Mac goalkeeper waited. All three went to the ground, but Luchini got just enough of the ball to steer it into the goal.

Less than 15 minutes later, the Tigers had tacked on three more goals on tallies by senior Cameron Yurick, Luchini, and senior Sean Atwater. Luchini also assisted on the markers by both Yurick and Atwater.

Early in the second half, North Allegheny removed any suspense still remaining by notching three more goals in the span of just 1:06. Luchini scored two, one off of an assist by senior Samuel Neal, and the other off of an assist by Yurick. Sophomore Jonathan Ross added the third in that spurt.

The Tigers eventually closed the scoring with two more goals in the final 12 minutes, one by junior Samuel Wilson and the other by classmate Kyle Kaczmarek. Earle and senior Ian Wilson picked up assists.

Senior Grant Glorioso played the majority of the minutes in net for NA before giving way to junior Devon Angermeier, who came on to complete the shutout.

While numerous Tigers got into the act offensively, Luchini once again led the way with his four goals and two assists. Those four markers brought his team-leading total to 32 for the season, and his efforts earned him the honor of Wright Automotive Player of the Game for the third-straight game.

North Allegheny now turns its attention to Peters Township, one of only two teams to beat the now 18-2-1 Tigers. The unbeaten Indians (17-0-1), who defeated Pine-Richland 4-1 in their semifinal contest, edged NA 2-1 at home back on Sept. 9.

Stay tuned to the North Allegheny Sports Network for the date and time of the championship game.

Boys Soccer Summary vs. Canon-McMillan, 10-28-17

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Luchini’s first minute goal sends NA into semifinals

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It took the North Allegheny boys’ soccer team until overtime to score its lone goal and beat Connellsville in the first round of the Class 4A WPIAL playoffs. That wasn’t the case on Wednesday night in the Tigers quarterfinal game against Upper St. Clair at Moon Area High School.

Senior Josh Luchini tipped in a rebound off a shot from Zac Marzula 35 seconds into the game to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. The goal held up as the lone tally of the night from either side as North Allegheny advanced to the semifinals for the second straight year.

Luchini’s goal was his 28th of the season, earning him the Wright Automotive Player of the Game award. The goal came off a corner kick that saw the first attempt from Marzula bang off the crossbar. Marzula got another chance off the rebound that was eventually tipped in by Luchini.

The Tigers (17-2-1) controlled position for nearly the entire first half, but couldn’t find the back of the net against Upper St. Clair goalkeeper John Capetta. Capetta did a phenomenal job challenging North Allegheny to keep the Panthers within striking distance in the second half.

The Panthers (7-10) came out with an offensive surge for the first 10 minutes of the second half. Although they were able to control the ball in the offensive zone, they posed no serious threats to Tigers’ goalkeeper Grant Glorioso. Their best effort came off the foot of junior Benjamin Burlovic, whose shot went just wide of the net at 35 minutes left in the game. The shutout was the 12th of the season for the Tigers and second straight in the playoffs.

North Allegheny took back control of the game to seal the victory and first spot in the Class 4A semifinals. The Tigers will play the winner of Franklin Regional/Canon-McMillan on Saturday at a site and time to be determined. The game can be heard on the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Boys Soccer Summary vs. Upper St. Clair, 10-25-17

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