2020-2021 Game Summaries
It was a playoff preview at Newman Stadium on Wednesday night as the North Allegheny boys’ soccer team faced off against its future opponent in the WPIAL first round, the Allderdice Dragons. Thanks in part to a two-goal performance from senior Jonathan Swann, the Tigers defeated the Dragons in the regular season finale, 5-2.
In the first half, Allderdice stunned NA when senior Luqman Sabree muscled his way down the right side for an open shot and a goal to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. The Dragons lead could’ve been larger if not for a great diving save by NA goalie Regan Racicot to deny Milo Larson.
With 11:34 remaining in the first half, North Allegheny junior Evan Anderson scored his team-leading 14th goal of the season and the game was tied, 1-1. Just over four minutes later, senior David Lessure netted his fourth goal of the year to propel the Tigers in front, 2-1.
The Tigers expanded the lead to 3-1 with 20:16 to play in the second half when Swann broke loose for a breakaway and beat Allderdice goalie Adrian Solano for a goal. North Allegheny controlled the pace of play for most of the second half but Allderdice’s leading scorer, Robert Phelps, was able to create some space in the NA box for a goal and the Tigers lead was cut to 3-2 with 8:53 remaining.
With Allderdice seemingly back in the game, North Allegheny answered back with 6:20 on the clock when sophomore Ben Christian came through for a steal and pass in front that was redirected into the net by Swann for his second goal of the night and a 4-2 lead. For his two-goal outing, Swann was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.
The Tigers capped the scoring with 2:32 left as Christian sent a long pass to senior Will Stasko who streaked past the Dragons defense and tapped a shot past Solano to bring the final score to 5-2, North Allegheny.
With the win, North Allegheny concludes the regular season with a 12-3-1 record. Allderdice dips to 5-5-1 on the year. The Tigers and Dragons will faceoff again on Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m. in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs. The game will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network.
Boys Soccer Summary vs. Allderdice, 10-21-20
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North Allegheny traveled to Fox Chapel on Monday night to take on the Foxes for their second matchup of the season. NA won at home by a 3-0 score. With second place in the conference on the line, the Tigers were looking to sweep the season series.
The first opportunity for either side came six minutes in when the Foxes made a nice run down the right side and centered, but their shot went wide left of the goal. NA got their first offensive opportunity twelve minutes in with great team passing, that lead to a Jonathan Swann cross that was just out of the reach of a streaking NA forward. Then, with nineteen minutes left in the half, William Stasko centered a ball to Evan Anderson, who got a shot on goal but it was saved by Fox Chapel. The next scoring opportunity came from Fox Chapel, diving save by Mikkel Hindsbo kept the game scoreless. Hindsbo made two more great saves with just over a minute left in the half. Then, with fifteen seconds left in the half, a foul was called on NA in the goal box. Fox Chapel converted on the penalty kick and the half ended with Fox Chapel leading 1-0.
The second half started strong for NA. Four minutes into the half, Brandon Marzula played a long ball that Stasko ran down. With the Fox Chapel goalkeeper closing on the ball, Stasko was able to get a pass across to an open Anderson, who easily converted the game tying goal.
Fox Chapel fought right back to try to get the equalizer, but a shot by a Fox Chapel forward hit the left upright, so the game remained tied 1-1. Fox Chapel was then awarded a free kick that was put on goal, but a nice punch out by Reagan Racicot thwarted the attempt. He also made a great save on a corner with eighteen minutes left. The North Allegheny defense of Max Kress, Jacob Gardner, Swann and Owen Smith were playing tough and not allowing Fox Chapel to take the lead. But, with the ball bouncing Fox Chapel’s way, NA couldn’t get the momentum back. With just under eleven minutes left in the game, Fox Chapel was awarded a free kick that lead to their second goal. The game ended with Fox Chapel defeating the Tigers by a score of 2-1.
North Allegheny falls to 11-3-1 overall and completes the Section 1-AAAA schedule with an 8-3-1 record. The Tigers next play on Wednesday night against Taylor Allderdice in the regular season finale.
Boys Soccer Summary vs. Fox Chapel, 10-19-20
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By Bob Orkwis
In a rematch of last season’s 1st round playoff match up, North Allegheny posted its second straight shutout and 10th of the season beating the Upper St, Clair Panthers 1-0 in a non-section game at Newman Stadium.
The Panthers, who knocked the Tigers out of the post season last year with a 2-0 win, started the match strong in the first ten minutes. Their best opportunity came of the foot of senior forward Jack Myers who missed the far post on a free kick opportunity. After the early surge, North Allegheny turned the tide with relentless possession. Senior forward Kensly Owens was denied at the near post by Panthers goalkeeper Dev Patel in the 17th minute. Junior forward Evan Anderson had two good opportunities back to back. The first, in the 18th minute saw the Panthers defense clear away an attempted centering pass. Then Patel denied Anderson in the 23rd minute and the junior stopped a pair of Tigers attempts in the 24th minute. Despite the territorial advantage for North Allegheny, the game was scoreless at the half.
The pattern remained the same in the second half with the Tigers dominating the ball. Senior forward Evan Cole, who was active in the first half on offense, nearly scored the game’s first goal in the 44th minute when he took a cross from Anderson, but his shot hit the crossbar and the game remained 0-0. The Tigers finally broke the ice in the 53rd minute of play off a corner kick. Junior Brandon Marzula’s cross was settled at the far post by Sean Moore, who the deposited the ball into the far side of the net for the 1-0 lead. The goal was the senior’s 5th of the season.
Will Stasko had a golden opportunity to pad the lead in the 75th minute, but his shot was denied in close. The best scoring chance for the Panthers came for sophomore Andrew Popp. Popp nearly chased down a long through ball on the left side, but goalkeeper Mikkel Hindsbo made an extremely aggressive sliding save to deny the opportunity and preserve the shutout. Hindsbo, who replaced Regan Racicot to start the second half, made two saves. Racicot made one save in the game’s first forty minutes as the seniors shared the shutout victory for the Tigers.
By netting the game’s only goal, Moore was chosen as the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.
Upper St. Clair dropped to (7-5-1) on the season with the loss. The win, North Allegheny’s second straight and 8th in nine games, improved the Tigers record to (11-2-1).
Both Upper St. Clair and North Allegheny have qualified for the 2020 WPIAL playoffs. The Tigers finish their regular season with a non-section home match against Allderdice on Wednsday.
by Boys Soccer Contributor
The Tigers traveled to Martorelli Stadium to take on the North Hills Indians Wednesday night. North Allegheny proved to be too strong for the Indians with NA winning by a convincing 7-0 score.
The game started slowly with both teams feeling each other out in the early going. But, eleven minutes in, Philip Iozzi passed the ball up the middle of the field to a streaking Evan Anderson who converted on the games first goal for a 1-0 lead. Five minutes later, NA added to lead with a nice cross from William Stasko to Iozzi, who drilled the gall into the right side of the net to give NA a 2-0 lead. Two minutes later, Stasko passed to Kensly Owens, who deposited the ball into the goal and a 3-0 advantage. A minute later, Owens took another pass from Evan Cole and got his second goal of the game. The score was now 4-0 with twenty-two minutes left in the half. With sixteen minutes remaining before halftime, Owens completed the hat trick with his third goal of the game. The half ended with NA holding a commanding 5-0 lead.
There was not much offense from either side to start the second half, but with twenty-three minutes left, Stasko made a nice run down the right wing to beat the North Hills defender and pass across to an open Cole. Cole converted the pass into the open net to lengthen the NA lead to 6-0. NA kept the majority of the possession for the rest of the half and with just over four minutes left, Zoha Peterson passed to Cole, who dropped the ball to Stasko for the easy goal. That proved to be the final tally of the night as NA cruised to a 7-0 win.
NA improves to 10-2-1 overall and 8-2-1 in Section 1-AAAA. The Tigers next play a non-conference game on Saturday against Upper St. Clair.
Boys Soccer Summary vs. North Hills, 10-14-20
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Coming into Monday night, the North Allegheny Tigers and Seneca Valley Raiders both had 7-1-1 section records which had them tied for first place. After a draw in their first meeting, it was the Raiders who came out with the win 2-1 at Newman Stadium.
North Allegheny got out of the gates fast and seven minutes in, Philip Iozzi found Evan Anderson in the box and Anderson finished for his team leading 11th goal of the year and gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead. Seneca Valley wasted no time getting the score level when Connor Schmidt tied the game 1-1 with 27:31 left in the half. Both defenses stood tall until with 6:19 left in the half North Allegheny fouled, and Beaux Lizewski scored on a free kick from 50 yards out and Seneca Valley took the 2-1 lead into the locker room.
The beginning of the second half belonged to Seneca Valley who had two great scoring chances in the first 10 minutes of the second half, both denied by senior keeper Regan Racicot who had a great second half to keep the Tigers in the game. North Allegheny’s offense continued to fight but couldn’t find the back of the net again and fell 2-1.
Anderson was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game with the loan goal and multiple other scoring chances.
North Allegheny falls to 9-2-1 overall and 7-2-1 in the section. Seneca Valley improves to 8-1-1 overall and in the section. The Tigers will be on the road Wednesday when they head to North Hills to take on the Indians at 8 p.m.
Boys Soccer Summary vs. Seneca Valley, 10-12-20
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