Kiski Area boys soccer convincingly claims section opener
Norwin had hoped to pull off a victory at Kiski Area on Thursday to show the rest of Section 1-AAA that it is once again the team to beat.
Instead, it was the Cavaliers who showed everyone they weren't about to concede their title so readily.
Kiski Area junior forward Dutch Shaffer scored a goal less than five minutes into the match and assisted on another in the 43rd minute to lead the Cavaliers (1-1-0) to a 4-1 win over Norwin (1-2-0) at Davis Field in Vandergrift in the section opener for the schools.
First-year Norwin coach Scott Schuchert was scheduled to be on the sideline for his first section match but missed the game because his wife was having a baby.
“It's tough, but every team faces adversity,” Norwin assistant coach Jim Fedorka said. “We just faced ours a little earlier than we wanted to.”
Trailing by two goals through most of the second half, Norwin had several opportunities to make a game of it, including a direct free kick from just outside the box.
But junior midfielder Matt Dziadosz, who assisted on Shaffer's opening goal, netted one of his own with 17:45 remaining in regulation on a weak shot that floated past Knights goalkeeper William Kerr.
It also marked the second consecutive year Kiski Area had scored at least three goals in a home win against the Knights, who have not won the outright section title since 2009.
“I think we've established that we are still the leader of the section, and we want to remain the leader of the section,” Kiski Area coach Bob Wright said. “The boys have been very confident, and there's been a little bit of effort from the coaches' end to keep that in check ... but they brought the game.”
Zac Lakenan scored Norwin's lone goal when he slammed a shot past Kiski Area goaltender Brandon Smail at 69:25. Although the Knights continued to apply pressure, they never really got another quality scoring opportunity. The Cavaliers made sure there wouldn't be a comeback when Zach Ferraccio added an insurance goal with 2:37 left.
Norwin will be without senior defender Jaison Victor next game after he was red carded with 1:07 remaining.
Keith Barnes is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-664-9161, Ext. 1977.