Norwin Girls Soccer Captures First State Title in 21 Years
The senior class for the Norwin girls soccer team will go down as one of the most decorated team in school history.
The Knights (21-2-1) had been to three WPIAL champion games, won two WPIAL titles, and now they can add a state title to their resume.
The girls defeated Neshaminy out of District 1, 1-0, at Hersheypark Stadium on Friday. It was Norwin’s first PIAA championship in girls soccer since 1996.
Neither team was able to figure out the opposing defense and goalkeeper, but the Knights were finally able to break through in the 73rd minute on a corner kick by senior Alyssa Victor. As the ball left Victor’s foot and sailed through the air towards the net, it found the foot of sophomore Dani Iannuzzo, who found the bottom left corner of the net for the lone goal of the game.
Norwin was able to maintain the one goal lead for the final seven minutes, which was highlighted by one huge save by senior Sam Wexell. With minutes remaining in regulation, Wexell fully extended to knock the shot attempt by Neshaminy out of the goal, preserving the lead.
The save allowed Wexel to finish her record with another shutout, her school record 53rd.
In four games in the state playoffs, the Knights outscored their opponents 11-0.