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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