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2020-2021 Game Summaries

NA Plays To 1-1 Draw At Seneca Valley

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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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Tigers Topple Titans For First Section Win Of 2020

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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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Butler Holds Off NA For Narrow 1-0 Win

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By Boys Soccer Contributor

The North Allegheny boys’ soccer team traveled to Butler on Wednesday for their first section game of the 2020 campaign and dropped a 1-0 decision to the Golden Tornado.

The game started out with both sides playing a cautious brand of soccer.  Neither side had the better of the possession in the early going, but Butler had a nice opportunity on a throw-in at the seven-minute mark.  The throw was into the box and bounced around off of a few players but the NA defense was able to eventually clear the ball and keep the game scoreless.  Twenty-five minutes in, Butler had a free kick from the right side of the field that went into the box but it was shot over the crossbar to keep the game scoreless.  With five minutes left in the half, there was a foul called on NA in the penalty box and Butler was awarded a penalty shot.  Landon Mohney took the shot for Butler and buried it into the corner of the net for a 1-0 Butler lead.  Soon after, NA was called for a hand ball five yards out of the box.  The Butler striker put the ball on net but a great save by Mikkel Hindsbo kept the game at 1-0.

The second half started with Butler continuing to apply pressure on NA.  The NA defense was up to the challenge with Max Kress stopping several runs by the Butler striker.  NA started to get some momentum eight minutes in when Evan Anderson took a feed and got a header on net but it was saved by the Butler Keeper.   Soon after, Anderson was fouled just outside of box.  He took the free kick and put the shot to the far post but it was saved.  The resulting corner kick produced NA’s best chance of the game with William Stasko getting a point-blank shot on goal, but a great save kept Butler in the lead.  Later, Stasko crossed to Anderson, who shot it just wide to left of the Butler goal.  With seven minutes left, a mistake by the Butler defense left Evan Cole alone in front of the net with the Butler goalie, but again a point-blank save was made by the Butler goalie.  The final opportunity of the night for NA came with 1:30 left.  A foul gave NA a free kick from 25 yards out.  NA took the free kick and created a great chance but couldn’t quite get it in the Butler goal.

It was a very hard fought and well played game from both teams.  North Allegheny falls to 1-1 overall and 0-1 in section action. The Tigers play again on Saturday night against Shaler.

Tigers Cruise To Opening Night Win Over Hempfield

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by Jonathan Spina

North Allegheny scored on their first shot on goal of the season and continued the trend all the way to a 17-0 victory, Monday night at North Allegheny Intermediate High School.

It only took a minute and a half to get the scoring started when Jonathan Swann chipped the ball over Hempfield keeper Owen Kelley to give the Tigers an early 1-0 lead. With 25 minutes remaining in the half Kensley Owens got a great pass from Swann and finished putting North Allegheny up 2-0. Owens scored again almost a minute later putting in a rebound off the post and the Tigers led 3-0. Swann got back into the action with eight minutes remaining in the half giving NA a 4-0 lead. With under two minutes to go in the half Evan Anderson put an Evan Cole pass into the back of the net putting himself on the board for the season and North Allegheny led 5-0 at halftime. The Tigers outshot Hempfield 12-0 in the first half.

The Tigers did not slow down in the second half getting another goal from Anderson, two goals from Brandon MarzulaTyler Vargo, and Alok Shah each, goals from Maanas Belambe and Connor Kaczmarek and three goals from David Lessure.

Lessure was the Wright Automotive Player of the Game netting a hat trick in the second half.

Swann and Owens dominated the first half with their speed on the edges, scoring and setting up teammates all night.

North Allegheny improves to 1-0 overall. Hempfield falls to 0-1. The Tigers head on the road Wednesday night to take on the Butler Golden Tornado in the Section 1-4A opener.