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Hockey: Moon enjoys turnaround ice

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles the Moon hockey team.

2014 1120 Moon Hockey(Photo: Moon Area's Luke James, left, tries to beat West Allegheny's Hunter Ross to the puck. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"To say the Moon hockey team has undergone an epic renaissance would be an understatement.

Six games into the campaign, the Tigers had already tied their five-win total from the 2013-14 regular season, one in which they ended the year on a 0-6-1 skid and missed the PIHL Class AA playoffs.

"I think the biggest difference is, last year, we didn't want it as bad," sophomore forward Brayden Lange said. "We definitely have a lot more heart in the room this year."

One of the major reasons for Moon's resurgence is the commitment the team put on playing tightly in the defensive end. Heading into Tuesday's game at Fox Chapel, the Tigers had surrendered only 12 goals; a team goals-against average of 2.00."

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Hockey: Tigers racking up wins despite low goal total

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Moon has not qualified for the playoffs since 2013, by already the Tigers seem to be ready to make a run for a spot this season.

Through four games, Moon is 3-1-0, tied with North Hills for second in the PIHL Class AA West Conference and is playing an incredibly tight brand of hockey. The Tigers have only scored 14 goals in their four games – led by Josh Scott with four and Brayden Lange with three – but they are 1-1 in one-goal games, including a 3-2 loss to Cathedral Prep in the season opener.

Though Moon may not be blowing teams out, it is winning and keeping teams close thanks to a solid defense led by senior defenseman Austin Murphy. It also helps that goaltender Ryan Durkin has been stellar.

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Winners Then & Now: Moon's Sean Shapert

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Craig Meyer profiles former Moon soccer star Sean Shapert.

"The number is so astonishing that it's hard not to be defined by it, not to have it trail constantly behind like an eager dog waiting to be fed.

In Sean Shapert's high school soccer career, he scored 213 goals, setting a record that still stands nationally, three decades after it was set. It's the sort of achievement that keeps his name etched in record books and brings about calls from reporters looking to see what the untouchable goal scorer is up to these days.

As he has grown, soccer invariably no longer plays the role that it once did in his life. Even if things had worked out in the most ideal way possible, at age 47, he would have long been retired.

But when you've reached the pinnacle of a certain sport, it's impossible not to think about it at least every now and then."

 

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Girls Soccer: Moon easily handles move up to AAA

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Moon girls soccer team.

2014 1023 Moon GSoccer(Photo: Moon freshman Delaney Snyder, dribbling the ball up field against Trinity's Jenna Becker, has been an important addition this season for the Tigers. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"When WPIAL realignment was announced this offseason, some wondered how the Moon Area girls soccer team would adjust to life in Class AAA.

The Tigers had been in Class AAA as recently as 2011 but played in Class AA the prior two seasons. This was a new Moon team and this time it was in a section with perennial big-school power Peters Township.

"At the beginning of the season a lot of people were saying we would be lucky to survive," coach Bill Pfeiffer said.

Moon did more than survive -- it thrived. It got through the first half of its section schedule with a 5-1 record."

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Girls Soccer: West Feature Athlete - Moon's Delaney Snyder

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Name: Delaney Snyder
High School: Moon
Grade: 9
Sport: Soccer
Position: Forward

Background: Impact freshmen have almost become a norm in the WPIAL, and this year another one emerged on the Class AAA level in Moon freshman forward Delaney Snyder. The ninth grader was second on the playoff-bound Tigers with 13 goals. She joined with senior Kallie Conte and sophomore Emma Thomas to form a dynamic three-forward scoring attack.