Norwin boys soccer beaten in playoff opener
By Matt Grubba
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, 8:56 p.m.
For the second straight season, Norwin's boys soccer season ended at Pine-Richland.
The Knights were shut out by the third-seeded Rams, 4-0 in the first round of the WPIAL Class AAA tournament on Monday, two days short of one year since Pine-Richland's 2-1 win in the 2011 first round.
Victor Osio had two first-half goals, and Mike Jones scored two in the second half for Pine-Richland (17-1-0), which advances to face No. 6 Kiski Area in the quarterfinals on Thursday. Norwin's season ends with a 9-8-0 record, but with the school's lengthy streak of playoff appearances still intact.
“The one thing that really sticks out with this group is the unwillingness to quit,” Norwin coach Scott Schuchert said.
“All year, that's what this group has done. They've overcome tough losses, and that's a testament to their character.”
The first-year head coach, who only started working with his players less than a month before the start of the season, said that under the circumstances, this year's team — especially the departing seniors — couldn't have made the transition any smoother.
“From day one, even with a late start in camp, they showed immense respect to me and my staff,” Schuchert said.
“Going into my first year, I couldn't have asked for a better group of seniors because they trusted me, and I could trust them.”
The loss to the high-powered Rams started out the wrong way, as Osio put the home team on the scoreboard very early in the game. That gave Pine-Richland the emotional boost it wanted, while it kept Norwin on the back foot for much of the opening half.
“We gave up an early goal, and it really set the tone,” Schuchert said. “It seemed like they really thrived on that first goal, and it took us about half of the game to really get into a flow.”
Making a comeback more difficult for Norwin was the play of Pine-Richland goalkeeper Grant Goldberg, who made a series of spectacular saves in the second half to keep the Knights off the scoreboard.
“Their goalkeeper played a sensational game, and he made some huge saves,” Schuchert said.
“If one goal goes in, it might change the whole complexion for the game. But they finished on their quality chances, and we didn't, when we had them.”
Matt Grubba is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5830 or email@example.com.
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.
- Kovacevic: Panic over Pirates? In April?
- Undersized rookie Gibbons is blur on ice for Penguins
- Panthers pulling weight for new strength coach
- Patience pays off as starting pitcher Volquez gets 1st win for Pirates
- Pens insider: Penalty killing a concern in Stanley Cup playoffs
- Murrysville woman sues Giant Eagle over burns
- 4 dead in ‘horrific’ Armstrong County crash
- Pirates should exploit free-swinging Brewers
- Body found on train tracks in West End
- Penguins’ Bylsma and Blue Jackets’ Richards know each other well
- Penn State has hand in discovery of most Earth-like planet yet