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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.

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Inside the Lines: Relationship a snap for Moon twins

Written by Craig Meyer on .

Craig Meyer profiles Moon football players Aleksei and Niko Yaramus.

2014 1010 Moon Football(Photo: Twins Aleksei (center) and Niko Yaramus, 17, are seniors on the Moon Area high school football team. Julia Rendleman/Post-Gazette)

"The relationship between a quarterback and center goes well beyond the simple act of one player snapping the ball to the other.

There's a trust that comes with such an exchange. The center is tasked with protecting the quarterback and providing him with a clean snap. In turn, a quarterback has to make the proper reads and get the ball out before the center becomes overwhelmed by a vicious defensive rush. Even in such a physical sport, it's a delicate act.

That level of trust is crucial to succeed in football, but it's something that has to be developed. After all, it's not like it's engrained in the DNA of the two players.

Well, at least it's typically not."