Boys soccer: Norwin upsets No. 4 Franklin Regional
TribLIVE Sports Videos
It would be an understatement to say Norwin has been one of the WPIAL's most consistent boys soccer programs.
The Knights have made the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs 31 of the past 32 years since the team began competing in 1980.
But this season has been a bit of a disappointment and, coming into its match Tuesday against first-place Franklin Regional, Norwin was tied with Hempfield for third place in Section 1-AAA and in danger of missing the playoffs.
The Knights needed an upset. And, as fortune would have it, they got one.
Norwin (6-6-0, 5-4-0) picked up a pair of second-half goals in a 2-0 victory over previously unbeaten Trib Total Media Class AAA No. 4 Franklin Regional (10-1-2, 8-1-1) at Norwin Knights Stadium.
“To us, it wasn't an upset. It was just finding a way to win a game,” Norwin coach Scott Schuchert said. “We've just been trying to preach ‘Win the next minute and win every minute of soccer,' and, if we can keep that mentality, the sky's the limit for this group.”
Norwin broke a scoreless tie early in the second half when Nate Andreyko slid a crossing pass from the left side, through the box and to the top of the key for Cody Drum, who rifled a shot past Franklin Regional sophomore goalkeeper Chris Ralph to put the Knights ahead, 1-0, at 49:46.
Norwin padded its advantage at 58:55, when Zachary Lakenan launched a 30-yard direct free kick past a sprawling Ralph just inside the right post for a 2-0 lead.
The Knights had peppered the Franklin Regional net for the final 10 minutes of the first half and well into the second half and ended up with more frustration than result.
“One thing that we've been stressing is that, during a game, there's going to be a time when the other team puts you on your heels and you're going to face their best stuff,” Schuchert said. “That's when our kids really responded as far as gaining control back in the game and eventually they got rewarded for it.”
The result was the upset Norwin so desperately needed.
“We've been outplaying a lot of our opponents,” Schuchert said. “It's good to finally see the boys get rewarded for good play.”
Keith Barnes is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Pens’ Dupuis out at least a month with lower-body injury
- Starkey: Searage, Pirates ultra-confident
- Steelers’ Bryant returns from drug suspension, ‘won’t happen again’
- New Steelers kicker Boswell ready for challenge at Heinz
- Husband, wife die in apparent murder-suicide in Baldwin Borough
- Authorities identify McKeesport man whose body was found in Yough River
- Pa. Gov. Wolf pushes ‘broad-based tax increase’ to avoid $2B deficit
- Allegheny Township home destroyed by fire
- Maddon, Hurdle are the models for modern major-league managers
- Audit: Pennsylvania’s education master plan is 16 years out of date
- Penn State THON organizers to review ‘canning’ safety