Using a trio of second-half goals as snow blanketed the pitch at Trojan Stadium, the South All-Stars defeated the North 4-0 in the boys’ half of the Santa Fund Soccer Classic doubleheader at Trojan Stadium.
Game MVP Austin Swihura of North Star netted the first goal in the 20th minute, gaining control in the penalty area before skipping a shot to the lower left.
For the Cougars senior, the game was solid way to end his high-school career, which saw two trips to the PIAA semifinals while playing under coach Chad Duryea.
Rosters have been finalized for the third Santa Fund Soccer Classic, which will be played at Greater Johnstown’s Trojan Stadium on Saturday.
The Classic benefits The Tribune-Democrat’s Santa Fund, a program which helps distribute Christmas gifts to needy children in the region.
Behind a pair of first-half goals, the North Star Cougars outlasted the Beaver County Christian Eagles 2-1 during Saturday’s PIAA Class A semifinal at Hempfield Area High School.
All three of the match’s goals were scored in the first half.
While nursing the lead, the Cougars (20-2) displayed a tenacious defense in the second half to keep the Eagles at bay.
ALLISON PARK —
After losing in last year’s PIAA Championship game, a senior-led Sewickley Academy team has its eyes on the prize and Bishop McCort was the first bump in the road for the Panthers Tuesday in the first round of the Class A boys state soccer playoffs at Hampton High School.
The District 7 champions got a pair of goals from senior midfielder Connor Zierden and went on to a 5-1 victory over the Crushers, earning a berth opposite Mercyhurst Prep, a 3-2 winner Seton LaSalle on Saturday.
Sewickley was able to set the tone of the match from the outset.
JOHNSTOWN — Six area soccer teams – three boys’ and three girls’ squads – begin their respective battles for state championships tonight as the PIAA Championships get underway.
Bishop Carroll High School boys' soccer senior standout Alex Gruss was named all-state by the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association in a release submitted by the school.
Gruss helped lead the Huskies team to a 10-8 record this seasons and has also been named as a Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference MVP and a Tribune Democrat All-Star.
A midfielder for Bishop Carroll, Gruss scored 23 goals and registered well as 21 assists. He scored 10 goals during his senior season, along with 10 assists.
Bishop McCort learned valuable lessons from a regular-season loss to Belleville Mennonite and the Crimson Crushers were able to put that experience to good use in a District 6 Class A boys soccer semifinal on Wednesday night.
Nick Mastovich, Alex Conahan and Steve Ingram scored and Nick Spinelli was fantastic in goal as Bishop McCort beat Belleville Mennonite 3-0 to return to the district title game.
Nick Gilbert’s goal in the 60th minute for Juniata held up as it defeated Bishop Carroll 3-0 in the first round of the District 6 Class AA boys soccer playoffs.
“Just that we’ve been in games like this all year,” Bishop Carroll coach Nick Damin said to his team after the scoreless first half. “We’ve been a resilient group. We’ve been down and up all year. We just have to come out and do our thing the second half.”