With under 23 minutes to play, Cameron Olsen’s shot ricocheted loudly off the crossbar above the head of Hiram’s goalkeeper. And while it didn’t go in, the pipe-rattling miss did seem to wake up the rest of the Allegheny men’s soccer team while putting the visiting Terriers on edge.
The rest of the contest was spent primarily in Hiram’s end of the field. And Allegheny senior Andrew Miller made the most of the situation, breaking a 1-1 tie with a goal in the 73rd minute to help the Gators claim a key North Coast Athletic Conference battle against the Terriers 2-1 on Wednesday at Frank B. Fuhrer Field.
“It was wicked how we just flipped the switch after something like that,” Gators goalkeeper John Lichina said about Olsen’s gong. “Everybody just started running forward, making good runs, getting to the ball, and putting (Hiram) on their back foot. And we found a goal.”
The win puts Allegheny at 7-3-3 on the season and 2-1-1 in the NCAC as they head to Delaware, Ohio to take on Ohio Wesleyan, the No. 1-ranked Division III team in the nation, on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Hiram, meanwhile, fell to 4-10-1 on the season and 1-4-0. But that record may be misleading. The Terriers played tough last night.
“No, it wasn’t (easy),” said Miller. “In our conference we have two top 10 teams (in the region). Every single game is a battle. Every single game is a grind. So we’re extremely happy, especially against a team like Hiram, to get three points.”
Hiram put the pressure on early, putting four shots on goal in the first half before Allegheny’s offense could put one on target.
Fortunately for AC, Lichina was having a day, stopping four shots in the opening half and seven for the match.
“Definitely,” said Allegheny head coach Angelo Panzetta. “Johnny’s been on the last couple of games. He made some really key stops against Wabash to keep it at 1-1 in our last road game. ... He’s been doing it for four years at our place and we feel fortunate having him in goal.”
However Lichina couldn’t stop a crowded rush by the Terriers in the 18th minute. Hiram’s Jake Pastore had the ball deep to the right of the goal. He angled it toward the center of the box, finding teammate Ryan Kramarz, who blasted the ball into the net from point blank range.
“We knew they were going to get numbers deep if they had attacks late,” said Lichina. “They swung the ball in. One of their guys finds it between three of our guys at the far post and smashed it in the goal. It’s a shame I couldn’t get a better hand to it.”
It took a while for Allegheny to recover. But with under a minute to play in the first half, the Gators got a golden opportunity on a deep throw-in by Liam McNamee.
McNamee’s toss caused all kinds of trouble in front of Hiram’s net, pinballing around until Daniel Szekely got a hold of it and slung it past Terriers keeper Chris Minite, knotting the score with 20.4 seconds left until the break.
“Liam, one of my freshman, has a great throw-in that’s been dangerous all season,” said Panzetta. “We’ve got some guys that can get up and get after it. You know, any of those balls that we land in there it’s desire to get there. And Dan’s first step was great. He jumped on it and finished quick.”
Neither team seemed to be able to take hold of the momentum to start the second half. Scoring chances were few and far between for both squads.
But right at the halfway point, Olsen fired a laser at the Hiram goal, which sounded the wake-up alarm for the Gators.
Under five minutes later, Allegheny had a crew in Hiram’s penalty box. Brian Graham fired a shot. It bounced hard off the left post and ended up at the feet of Miller, who collected possession, then kicked it into the right corner as Minite slid the other way — 2-1 Gators.
“Luckily I was there to follow up,” said Miller. The goal was his first of the season.
Lynn leads Bulldogs over visiting Beavers
“It’s a good thing we have that little break for Easter,” said Meadville track and field coach Carl Roznowski. “That should give her a chance to rest up those muscles.”
Roznowski is talking about Bulldogs junior Jordan Lynn, who was a busy lady on Wednesday as the MASH boys and girls squads took on Corry in a Region 3 meet at the Barco-Duratz Athletic Complex.
Panthers stay unbeaten with win over Blue Devils
Saegertown’s run to the District 10 boys volleyball championship a year ago was anything but easy.
Needless to say, the Panthers have a little experience when it comes to dealing with tribulations. The Panthers put that experience to good use on Wednesday night in a Region 1 showdown.
Selig calls replay start ‘remarkable’
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says the sport’s new replay system is working well despite a few problems during its first two weeks.
While baseball began video review late in the 2008 season, it was limited to potential home runs and boundary calls. The new system that began March 30 vastly expands the types of plays that managers and umpires can ask to be reviewed at a replay center in New York.
Cardinals roll to a sweep of Eagles
The match only lasted three games, but Logan Herzberger still found the time to post a double-double, notching 14 kills and 18 digs while the Cochranton volleyball team swept Conneaut 25-22, 25-16, 25-18 during Region 1 action on Tuesday.
Unbeaten Panthers need five games to top Bulldogs
Through the first four games, there was no telling which team was undefeated and which team had only one win entering Monday night’s Region 1 volleyball clash between Meadville and Saegertown.
By the fifth and deciding game, the cream rose to the top.
Ogwumike goes No. 1
It was a busy draft night for the Connecticut Sun.
Minutes after taking Chiney Ogwumike with the top pick in the WNBA draft Monday night, the Sun made a blockbuster deal to trade 2012 MVP Tina Charles to the New York Liberty.
Watson pulls away at Augusta to win second green jacket
One of golf’s most exciting players squeezed most of the drama out of the Masters on Sunday. That’s just fine with Bubba Watson.
All he cared about was slipping into that green jacket.
Instead of hitting a 40-yard hook out of a forest of Georgia pines — the signature shot in his playoff victory two years ago — the final act Sunday at Augusta National took place on the 18th green. Watson had a three-shot lead and consulted with his caddie on a 15-foot birdie putt.
Harvick survives shootout for win at Darlington
Kevin Harvick used one of the few weekend missteps to pull out his first Darlington victory.
Harvick was among several veteran drivers fighting for the Nationwide Series win Friday night when rookie Chase Elliott used fresher tires and a strong machine to move from the back of the pack to first place over the final two laps.
Spezza lifts Senators to SO win over Penguins
Jason Spezza scored in the shootout to help the Ottawa Senators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday night and finish the season on a five-game winning streak.
The teams were tied 2-2 after two periods and didn’t score in the third or overtime.
Brewers sweep Pirates, win ninth straight
Kyle Lohse was eager to top his Milwaukee teammates.
He sure came close.
Lohse came within an out of a complete game, and the Brewers won their ninth straight with a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.
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