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2021-2022 Game Summaries

Tigers Blank Indians For Section Win, 3-0

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The North Allegheny boys’ soccer team returned to the win column on Thursday night with a 3-0 win over North Hills at Martorelli Stadium in Section 1-AAAA action.

In the first half, senior Evan Anderson weaved through three defenders and scored an unassisted goal at the 29:41 mark for a 1-0 lead.

Anderson struck again at the 16:43 mark of the second half with a header off a Brandon Marzula corner kick, increasing the NA advantage to 2-0. The Tigers put the game out of reach when junior Gabriel Gotz scored on a cross from fellow junior Kevin Luo at 29:02 mark to cap a 3-0 victory.

Goalie Dante Accamando faced limited pressure and easily secured his third shutout of the season.

North Allegheny improves to 5-3 overall and 3-3 in Section 1-AAAA. North Hills falls to 1-6 overall and 0-6 in the section.

Boys Soccer Summary vs. North Hills, 9-23-21

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NA edged by Seneca Valley, 1-0

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by Jared Barton

Home field advantage was not enough to propel the North Allegheny boys’ soccer team to a win on a rainy Tuesday night at Newman Stadium. Undefeated Seneca Valley shut out NA 1-0 in a section contest, the first of two between the teams in the regular season.

North Allegheny had the upper hand early, just like many of the games this season. The Tigers came out of the gate fast and almost had the first goal of the game. With 35:43 left in the first half, junior forward Brandon Angermeier tipped a pass in the goal box past Raiders goalkeeper Ryan Krumenacker, but the play was deemed offsides and the goal was taken away. North Allegheny kept the pressure on the Seneca Valley defense through most of the first half.

With just under 11 minutes to play in the opening frame, Raiders midfielder Beaux Lizewski had a prime opportunity to score from a corner kick. The junior was positioned in front of sophomore goalkeeper Dante Accamando and headed the ball just above the crossbar.

Momentum swung in the direction of the visitors in the second half, as Seneca Valley found its stride. The lone goal of the contest came in the 71st minute, when senior midfielder Nathan Prex took a cross-field pass to the left post and tipped the ball past a diving Accamando.

A late surge gave the Tigers life in the final minutes, but the combination of Evan Anderson, Kevin Luo and Matt Mihm offensively could not find the back of the net.

Accamando earned Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors for his eight saves on nine shots.

The Raiders keep a 22-game winning streak alive dating back to last season, while improving to 8-0 overall and 5-0 in section play.

The Tigers fall to 4-3 overall and 2-3 in section play. NA is back in action Thursday on the road against North Hills.

Boys Soccer Summary vs. Seneca Valley, 9-21-21

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Tigers Take Care of Titans, 3-1

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The North Allegheny boys’ soccer team won its second straight section game with a 3-1 triumph at Shaler on Saturday night.

The Tigers struck early in the game when senior Matt Mihm scored just 3:30 into the first half for a 1-0 lead. NA extended the lead to 2-0 with 7:55 remaining in the first half on Mihm’s second goal of the night, assisted by Gregory Kossuth.

Late in the second half, senior Evan Anderson put the game well out of reach, scoring on a corner kick from Ryan Cooke with just 5:30 remaining for a 3-0 lead. Shaler scored in the waning minutes to bring the final score to 3-1, North Allegheny. Sophomore keeper Dante Accamando earned the win in net.

North Allegheny improves to 4-2 overall and 2-2 in Section 1-AAAA. Shaler slips to 2-6 overall and 1-4 in the section. The Tigers will host the reigning PIAA champion Seneca Valley Raiders on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live by the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Boys Soccer Summary vs. Shaler, 9-18-21

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Evan Anderson Scores Twice To Lift NA Past Butler, 3-1

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A pair of goals from senior Evan Anderson helped the North Allegheny boys’ soccer team defeat the Butler Golden Tornado on Wednesday night, 3-1, in Section 1-AAAA action.

On a cloudy night at Newman Stadium, the NA strikers forced the Butler backline into several errant passes throughout the night. One such miscue resulted in the game’s first goal when Anderson stole a pass and scored with 27:55 remaining in the half for a 1-0 lead.

The Tigers had the better of the play in the opening half, however, the strong throw-ins from Butler senior Carson Knight was a weapon that the Golden Tornado took advantage of in the final minute of the half. With a throw-in from the right sideline and 15-yards out, Carson Knight heaved the ball in front of the NA net and senior Jack Beneigh scored on a leaping header into the top left corner of the net to tie the game at 1-1 with 37 seconds left before halftime.

With time winding down in the half, North Allegheny senior Matt Mihm nearly gave the Tigers the lead back just moments after the Beneigh goal. Mihm raced past the Butler defense into the goal box but Golden Tornado goalie Noah Wolford charged out of the net to cut down the angle and Mihm narrowly missed wide left. The score remained deadlocked at 1-1 at intermission.

In the second half, Butler appeared to take the lead on another strong throw-in from Carson Knight. This time, Knight’s throw-in bounced on to the toe of Aidan Soley, who tapped the ball from the doorstep into the back of the NA net. However, Soley was ruled offsides on the play and the game remained tied, 1-1.

After weathering the early second half storm from the Golden Tornado, North Allegheny continued to pressure the Butler backline with its forwards and forced a tide-turning turnover. Anderson stole a goal kick from Golden Tornado goalie Drew Knight and scored his seventh goal of the season with 29:25 remaining in regulation, lifting the Tigers to a 2-1 lead. For his efforts, Anderson was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.

With 17:50 left to play, the Tigers put the game away when sophomore Daniel Stevens sent a shot on net that was initially saved on a diving play by Drew Knight. Knight couldn’t control the rebound, however, and junior Gabriel Gotz pounced on the loose ball for an easy goal and a 3-1 North Allegheny lead.

Without the services of all-state forward Landon Mohney, who missed the game due to a lower body injury, Butler was unable to muster any consistent offense and NA prevailed, 3-1. Sophomore goalie Dante Accamando needed only to make three saves to earn the victory.

North Allegheny jumps to 3-2 overall and 1-2 in Section 1-AAAA. Butler falls to 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the section. The Tigers will visit Shaler on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer Summary vs. Butler, 9-15-21

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Tigers Fall To Foxes At Home

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by Jared Barton

A strong start to did not lead to victory for North Allegheny’s Boys Soccer team Saturday night at Newman Stadium as Fox Chapel beat NA 3-1 in section play.

Senior Evan Anderson ignited the hot start for the Tigers in the first minute, after he nearly tipped in the opening shot. Matt Mihm and Ben Christian set up the feed that was stopped by sophomore goalkeeper Connor Scanlon.

Scanlon had another beauty of a stop in the 4th minute, as Anderson worked his way into the offensive zone with a one-on-two opportunity.  Junior Colin Westerberg caught a piece of the initial shot from about 13 yards out, but the backspin on the ball from Anderson almost trickled into the net. A diving Scanlon stopped the ball on the goal line with his toe to keep the game scoreless.

Just about a minute later, the Foxes struck first with a goal from senior Sean Ahia assisted by George Tabor. In the 28th minute, Tabor found the back of the net himself with traffic in front of sophomore goalkeeper Dante Accamando, increasing the Fox Chapel lead to 2-0.

Anderson yet again had a great opportunity from the point with four minutes left in the half. Scanlon just tipped the ball wide after a great individual effort from Anderson down the near sideline.

The Tigers got on the board early in the 2nd half off a set piece from a corner kick. NA cycled the ball in the offensive zone and found senior midfielder Brandon Marzula at the point. He fired a high shot that hit the crossbar and landed in the back of the net behind Scanlon with 29 minutes left, cutting the Fox Chapel lead to 2-1.

The Foxes kept up great defensive effort to keep the Tigers from gaining any other significant offensive chances. Ahia scored his second of the contest during a one-on-one move to the net with less than five minutes to play to secure a 3-1 victory for Fox Chapel.

Marzula was named Wright Automotive Player of the Game for his efforts.

The win keeps Fox Chapel’s undefeated record alive at 4-0 (2-0 in section play.) Meanwhile, North Allegheny falls to 2-2 (0-2 in section play.) NA next takes on Butler Wednesday night from Newman Stadium.