Indiana Area Senior High School

IHS Boys soccer shoots to finish strong

By Michael Jadzak

The IHS boys soccer team looks to finish strong this season as they close out against Kiski Area. Indiana ended up soundly defeating Kiski Area with a score of 5-1.

The IHS Boys soccer team played their final game of the season last week, finishing off with a conference record of 5-7 that puts them 4th in WPIAL AAA. Before the game at Kiski, Indiana hit a slump, losing 3 straight without putting up any goals. The offense exploded for 5 goals against Kiski and the defense showed up for the final game.

Senior forward Moath Alanazi shares his view of the game. He stated, “The offense improved and we were just getting more shots and attacks.” When asked about how the team should perform in the playoffs, he expressed, “Play soccer how it should be played and don’t be scared.” Moath scored 1 goal following the 5-1 victory. When asked about his goal he replied, “I received a ball high in the air, it came to a defender and I caught it with my thigh. Before the goaltender could do anything I kicked it past him and buried it in the net before the defender slid into the ball.”

Players warming up to the varsity level and contributing include Sophomore Muhammed Abulalia, who had an assist in the 5-1 victory against Kiski. Muhammed followed up with a statement about his performance, commenting, “I kicked a low driven pass to Russell, he ran and scored the goal.”

The team often looks up to the man between the posts, Senior goalkeeper Alex Bauer expresses how the team has performed overall this season, “This year we had a lot of varsity starters returning. This year we made the playoffs which we did not do last year even though we didn’t have the best record. Overall this year we are a better team than last year.”

[Photo Credit: Emma Masengale and Erik Puskar] “Junior Tim Birch fights off two North Catholic attackers to make a play.”

Although having a losing record, Indiana still made the playoffs. With a losing record of 5-7, Indiana aims to not let that record define them in the playoffs.

Indiana looks towards their next opponent in the playoffs, which is tonight  against Montour High School. Best of luck to the Indiana Soccer Team.

Michael Jadzak
Michael Jadzak is a senior and fourth-year reporter for the High Arrow. He enjoys writing, watching Pittsburgh sports, and going to the gym. He is excited to continue writing articles and leave an impression after four years on the High Arrow staff.

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