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Tigers bow out in WPIAL Semifinals

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by The Peters Township Indians used a big second half to take down the Tigers in the WPIAL Semifinals 4-1 on a cold Tuesday night at West Allegheny High School.

Things were back and forth early on until seven minutes in when Evan Anderson found some room in the middle of the field. Anderson put a strong shot on net but Indians keeper Nico Melograne was up to the task and the game stayed scoreless. Peters Township broke the tie a couple minutes later when Alex Grimm finished a pass off of a corner kick and the Indians led 1-0. Seven minutes after that, Ben Christian took a free kick from 25 yards out and tried to beat Melograne high but hit the crossbar and Peters Township held on to the 1-0 lead. Things calmed down for most of the half until Anderson found himself with some space in the middle of the field with seven minutes left in the half, this time finishing and making the game 1-1, which is where the game stood at halftime.

Things started strong for the Indians in the second half, getting two very good scoring chances in the first four minutes. Both were saved by Tigers keeper Dante Accomondo and the game continued tied 1-1. Andrew Massucci, Conner Hoye and Austin Marmol all scored within 13 minutes of each other and the Indians pulled away for a spot in the WPIAL Championship with a 4-1 win.

Anderson was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game with his 28th goal on the season.

North Allegheny finishes the year 15-6. The Tigers qualified for the postseason for a 12th consecutive year and reached the WPAL semifinals for the third time in the last six seasons. Congrats to head coach Bobby Vosmaer, the entire coaching staff and players on a successful year.

Boys Soccer Summary vs. Peters Township, 11-3-21

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Anderson’s early goal pushes NA through to WPIAL Semifinals

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Evan Anderson scored 63 seconds into the game and that is all the Tigers would need as they upset the Norwin Knights 1-0 on a gloomy Saturday afternoon at Norwin High School in the WPIAL Quarterfinals. The Tigers had lost to Norwin in the WPIAL Quarterfinals last season and in the regular season finale this season.

North Allegheny started the game very aggressive and 63 seconds in Matt Mihm sent a cross right on target to Anderson who put the ball in the back of the net and the Tigers had the early 1-0 lead. Feeding off the early goal the Tigers kept possession for most of the half with almost all of the play being in their offensive end. Norwin had one scoring opportunity in the first half but a shot over the crossbar kept it 1-0 at halftime.

Things got a little more even in the second half but with 27:00 to go in the game it looked like Anderson would have his second goal but an unbelievable save by Norwin keeper Andrew Yanez kept the score right where it was. About 14 minutes later it was Connor Kaczmarek  who put a good shot on net but was once again denied by Yanez. With time running out, Norwin began to bring people forward and possess the ball more. With 1:40 to go it look like the Knights had a chance to tie the game but Dante Accamando made a diving save to keep the ball out. The Knights would keep possession the rest of the game but could not get a shot on net and the Tigers survived 1-0 putting them into the WPIAL Semifinals.

Anderson was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game scoring his 27th goal of the season. North Allegheny’s defense did a phenomenal job holding down all-state forward Caleb Yuricha who had 28 goals coming into the game.

North Allegheny improves to 15-5 overall. Norwin’s season ends at 14-2-1. The Tigers will face off with the second-seeded Peters Township Indians in the WPIAL Semifinals on Tuesday at a site and time to be determined.

Boys Soccer Summary vs. Norwin, 10-30-21

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NA Blanks Upper St. Clair in WPIAL First Round, 3-0

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by Jared Barton

The sixth-seeded North Allegheny Boys Soccer program is headed to the quarterfinal round of the WPIAL Playoffs after topping eight-seeded Upper St. Clair 3-0 at Newman Stadium Tuesday night.

The matchup started off slowly for both teams, as light rain and wind played a factor throughout the contest.  Junior Ben Christian got the first good chance of the game less than 10 minutes in, but USC goalkeeper Dev Patel was up to the task to make the stop. With five minutes to play in the half, junior midfielder Gabriel Gotz took a shot from short range that was tipped away by Patel. Junior Kevin Luo also almost found the back of the net with less than a minute left in the first frame, but chipped the shot above the net off a pass from senior Connor Kaczmarek.

The Tigers kept the intensity up into the second half, as senior Evan Anderson scored just about five minutes into the frame. Great passing from senior defender Maanas Belambe, Christian and senior Matt Mihm, tic-tac-toe style set up Anderson.

Anderson found the back of the net once again with just over 13 minutes to play for a 2-0 lead. This time, the captain created a turnover with a steal 15 yards out, blasting the ball in the net towards the opposite post.  Senior midfielder Brandon Marzula capped the scoring when he took a one-time shot from 25 yards away and found twine, bringing the final score to 3-0.

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

With the loss, Upper St. Clair falls to 6-9-2 overall and is eliminated from postseason contention.

The Tigers improve to 14-5 overall, and will face No. 3 Norwin in the WPIAL quarterfinals Saturday from Norwin High School. You can listen to that broadcast live on the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Boys Soccer Summary vs. Upper St. Clair, 10-26-21

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NA Drops Regular Season To Norwin, 4-2

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Facing off against the Section 1-AAAA champion Norwin Knights on Tuesday night, the North Allegheny boys’ soccer team fell in a tough playoff tune-up at Newman Stadium, 4-2.

The Tigers got off to a quick start in the regular season finale as junior midfielder Ben Christian scored 3:43 into the game to give NA a 1-0 advantage. The lead was short-lived, however, as Norwin was awarded a penalty kick when a handball was called in the NA box just 56 seconds later. Caleb Yuricha cashed in on the PK and tied the game at 1-1. With 14:27 to play in the first half, Norwin’s T.J. Rose scored to give the visitors a 2-1 lead.

Norwin maintained its one goal lead until expanding the advantage to 3-1 on a Ryan Harrigan marker with 14:25 remaining in the second half. North Allegheny closed the gap to 3-2 thanks to a goal by sophomore Arnav Patel with 7:06 left in regulation. Norwin put the game away with 5:14 on the clock on a marker by Rick Zappone to close out a 4-2 victory.

With the loss, North Allegheny falls to 13-5 overall, while Norwin improves to 14-1-1 on the year. Both teams will await the release of the WPIAL playoff pairings on Wednesday afternoon.

Boys Soccer Summary vs. Norwin, 10-19-21

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NA Prevails Over Penn-Trafford, 3-0

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The North Allegheny boys’ soccer team posted its ninth win in the last 10 games with a 3-0 shutout over Penn-Trafford on Monday night at Newman Stadium.

In a non-section contest between two playoff-bound teams, the Tigers and Warriors played to a scoreless tie after one half of play. In the second half, the game belonged to North Allegheny.

Senior Evan Anderson broke the deadlock with a goal with 29:19 on the clock for a 1-0 lead. Anderson added another marker with 6:58 to play and junior defenseman Aidan Dyga netted the final marker of the night with 3:02 remaining to bring the final score to 3-0, Tigers.

With the win, North Allegheny leaps to 13-4 overall, while Penn-Trafford falls to 9-7. The Tigers will host Norwin on Tuesday night in their final regular season game of the campaign.

Boys Soccer Summary vs. Penn-Trafford, 10-18-21

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