Norwin boys wrap up section title
The Norwin boys soccer team came into the season motivated by an opportunity to win its first section championship since 2010.
Last week, the Knights wrapped that title up.
Norwin (9-6-1, 9-2) clinched the Section 1-AAA championship with a 3-0 victory last Thursday over rival Penn-Trafford. The Knights split the section title in 2010 and won their last solo championship in 2009.
“They played like they were on a mission from the start,” coach Scott Schuchert said. “They grabbed the game right from the beginning. A couple of the things we were trying to work on in previous wins was trying to get these games decided early, and we were able to do that.”
After beginning the season 1-5-1, Norwin had won eight of its past nine games entering this week. The Knights were scheduled to make up the remainder of a postponed game against Latrobe on Tuesday before a nonsection game against North Allegheny on Wednesday. Both contests ended past the deadline for this week's edition.
Norwin is dealing with some injury issues, however. Goalkeeper Steven Phipps joined fellow seniors Zac Lakenan (broken collarbone) and Niko Sacoolas (eye injury) on the injury report last week after suffering a concussion during practice.
Will Kerr, who split time with Phipps in goal throughout the season, will step into the starting lineup in his place.
“All year, someone was able to step in in those key roles,” Schuchert said. “The kids have been kind of thriving on that. With getting (senior) Corey Hough back (from injury) from earlier in the season and a couple of the young kids growing up like (freshman) Cam Eckberg and (sophomore Yianni Leventopoulos), they're maturing every day.
Playoff pairings were scheduled to be released Wednesday. Norwin will begin the playoffs sometime later this week, with the date, time and opponent not determined at press time.
“After (Thursday) night, I heard several of (the players) saying it was great to win the section, but we're still not satisfied,” Schuchert said. “They're really ready for the next challenge, no doubt.”
The Norwin varsity hockey team competed in the St. Margaret's Fall Faceoff Tournament this past week, going 2-1 in three games.
The Knights beat Shaler, 8-6, and Serra Catholic, 4-1, in their first two games before falling, 5-3, to Hampton on Sunday.
Dante Youhon led the team in scoring with three goals and four assists. Alex Moxie added two goals and four assists, and Timmy Palmer had three goals and three assists. Eli Reith chipped in five assists. Anthony Barca and Joseph Powell split time in net.
Norwin will open the regular season with a game at State College on Oct. 28.