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NNORTH ALLEGHENY VARSITY GIRL'S SOCCER
GIRLS SOCCER TIES GATEWAY
On Saturday at Hampton, the NA girls soccer team tied Gateway 0-0, despite dominating play for most of the afternoon. NA goalie Madison Martin pitched a shutout, in a prelude to Monday's section showdown with the North Hills Indians.
The Lady Tigers pressured the Gators right from the start, led by Danielle Dorazio, Maddie Layman, Megan Van Kirk, and Leah Langhans. However, Gateway did a commendable job of clearing the zone without allowing a goal. In the 25th minute, Gateway turned the tables, applying strong offensive pressure of their own. The Lady Tigers were up to the challenge, displaying strong resistance. Brianna Layman, Melina Mermigas, and Christine Grom led the defensive effort for North Allegheny. With six minutes remaining in the first half, goalkeeper Martin made a diving save on a Gateway attempt, allowing the game to remain scoreless heading into the half.
North Allegheny attempted to break the deadlock early in the second half. Off a cross from Brianna Layman, a one-timed shot from Maddy Layman was stopped by the Gateway goalie. Minutes later, another cross from Layman ended up on the foot of Katie Hohmann. Fortunately for Gateway, Hohmann's shot just missed the goal.
The teams traded chances for the remainder of the game, including a header by Hohmann off a corner kick by Annie Erickson. However, neither team was able to find the back of the net, resulting in an afternoon stalemate.
The Lady Tigers now turn their attention to Monday Night as rival North Hills invades Newman Stadium. Game time is at 7:00. Come out and support your Lady Tigers as they attempt to clinch a playoff berth over their section rival!
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LADY TIGERS WIN AGAIN, BLANK ALTOONA 3-0
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North Allegheny continued on its late-season roll with a 3-0 non-section victory over Altoona Wednesday night at Newman Stadium.
Katie Hohmann, April Knell, and Maria Carr scored goals for the Lady Tigers.
The teams traded opportunities in the game’s first three minutes. It took Hohmann just 47 seconds to take her first shot, but it went wide. Altoona’s Nicole Settimio sent a weak shot that was easily saved by Tigers keeper Madison Martin.
The Tigers then had four chances in a roughly 6-minute span. Emily Johns missed with a shot seconds into the 5th minute. Carr followed less than a minute later with a shot that went over the crossbar. Hohmann split two Altoona defenders and forced a diving save by Altoona keeper Didi Rizzo in the 8th minute. Danielle Dorazio capped the Tigers flurry with a shot from 30 yards out in the 10th minute.
Kaycie Reffner had Altoona’s best chance of the first half, but sent a shot wide of the net in the 12th minute.
With 27:05 remaining in the half, Hohmann headed in a cross from Johns to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
That combination nearly struck again in the 16th minute. Johns sent a corner kick off the head of Hohmann, but this time it was deflected away from the Altoona net. Hohmann then followed two Carr blocked shot attempts with a shot in the 19th minute. Rizzo made a great save to keep the Tiger lead at one goal.
In the 22nd minute, Settimio registered another weak shot attempt that Martin collected. Three minutes later, Martin made a much more difficult save off the crossbar and out of play on a shot by Altoona’s Marissa Morgan. The resulting corner kick was cleared away without issue.
In the 24th minute, Annie Erickson sent a cross off Hohmann’s head, but the Tigers’ leading scorer was unable to convert. A minute later, Melina Mermigas sent a shot to the goal from 25 yards out and at a sharp angle. Leah Langhans added an angled shot from 20 yards in the 31st minute. Both were saved by Rizzo.
In the 33rd minute, Knell sent a cross to Megan Van Kirk, but the freshman was unable to release a shot. Erickson then fielded a cross along the goal line, but was unable to get a shot on the goal. In the 35th minute, Van Kirk had a rolling shot from 20 yards out saved by Rizzo. Langhans followed with a long chip shot about 30 seconds later.
In the 38th minute, Altoona’s Breonna Morris sent a cross past Michelle Zimmerman deep in Tigers territory. It looked like it would be the last chance of the half for either team.
Then, with one second remaining on the clock, Knell sent a shot from the near-side touch line past Rizzo to extend the lead to 2-0. Chandler Fuller had the assist for her quick throw-in.
The Lady Tigers continued to pressure the Altoona defense in the second half. Maddie Layman had an attempted cross stolen away near the Altoona net. Hohmann walked a tightrope along the Altoona goal line to get a shot in the 44th minute. Less than two minutes later, she had a shot less than 10 yard away knocked away by Rizzo. Brianna Layman and Carr each had shots in the 47th minute.
Carr was finally rewarded with 32:16 remaining in the game. She took a rebound off a shot from the far side of the field and slipped it past Rizzo to give North Allegheny a 3-0 lead.
Dorazio sent a shot wide from 25 yards out in the 49th minute. Nikki Reynolds got consecutive close-range shots in the 54th minute, but couldn’t convert. Fuller followed with two scoring chances of her own. The best came in the 58th minute when she beat the Altoona defense, but her shot from 20 yards was saved by Rizzo.
Van Kirk rolled a shot into Rizzo in the 64th minute. Less than a minute later, Knell sent a corner kick in the direction of Maria Snyder, but the senior was unable to get off a shot. In the 67th minute, Snyder chipped a ball from way out that struck the crossbar. Knell’s shot off the rebound sailed over the net.
Altoona had two free kicks in the 70th minute, but one went through the football goalposts and the other led to a shot off the soccer goalpost.
Knell and Snyder would each get one more shot for the Lady Tigers before time ran out.
With the victory, North Allegheny improves to 7-6-2 overall. The Lady Tigers are now 5-1-1 in their last seven games. They will have a final tune-up against South Fayette on Saturday before a win-and-in game with rival North Hills on Monday.
April Knell was named the Wright Automotive North Allegheny Player of the Game.
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LADY TIGERS WIN 2nd STRAIGHT BY
The Lady Tigers continued their march toward the post-season on Monday with a 3-1 defeat of the Shaler Titans. The Tigers cracked the scoreboard first in this game as sophomore Maria Carr split the defense with 29:19 on the clock to give North Allegheny a 1-0 lead. The goal was set up on a fine pass by junior Katie Hohmann.
Eight minutes later, Shaler had a great chance to tie the game but came up empty. A penalty in the box by NA led to a Titans penalty kick, but Tigers goalie Madison Martin stopped the shot and kept the 1-0 lead intact. Shaler nearly tied the game again with 16:50 left in the first half, but a shot from Kristi Hamilton hit the post. A minute later, Martin came up with a save on a shot by Shaler’s Maggie Boehler and the Titans were turned away again. For much of the first half, NA possessed the ball, limiting Shaler to just a couple of scoring chances. At halftime, the Tigers maintained their 1-0 lead.
In the second half, the Tigers didn’t waist much time as junior Carolyn Binning put one in the net to up NA’s advantage to 2-0 with 39:00 on the clock. North Allegheny maintained the offensive pressure over the next ten minutes earning several good scoring chances. Then at 31:40, Tigers sophomore Leah Langhans bounced a free kick off the goaltender and into the goal to increase the NA lead to 3-0. The Lady Tigers were so dominant to open the second half, Shaler did not have a single shot in the first 15 minutes of the half.
North Allegheny owned play throughout the game, including the final eight minutes of the match. That was thanks to sophomore Christine Palmeri who controlled the center of the field for the Tigers. Shaler didn’t score until 0:21 when Kristi Hamilton scored the Titans' only goal. That goal broke the Tigers’ shut-out, bringing the final score to 3-1. The win was a great team effort and keeps the Lady Tigers in third place in Section 2-AAA, a half-game in front of North Hills in the standings who also won on Monday.
North Allegheny’s record improves to 5-4-2 with the victory, and to 6-6-2 overall. Shaler falls to 4-6 in the section and 6-9 overall. The Lady Tigers will host Altoona in a non-section game Wednesday night at 7:45 pm.
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LADY TIGERS TAKE DOWN BUTLER 4-1
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The Lady Tigers took a significant step in the race to the postseason with a 4-1 victory over Butler Saturday afternoon at Newman Stadium. The game was the last of four played as part of Soccerfest.
Katie Hohmann scored two goals for the Tigers. Maria Carr and April Knell added one each in the victory. Knell's goal was the senior captain's first of the season.
It took North Allegheny just 17 seconds to crack the scoring column. Maddie Layman sent a cross that managed to avoid three Butler defenders. Carr took the ball and rifled it past Butler keeper Taylor Troyan to give the Lady Tigers a 1-0 lead. The goal was a symbol of the pressure North Allegheny would maintain over the game’s first 20 minutes. In the 5th minute, the Tigers weren’t able to convert a free kick after Heistand was dragged down by a Butler defender. In the 9th minute, the ball was chipped in from a distance toward the Butler goal. Troyan won a race to the ball to prevent another goal. In the 12th minute, the Lady Tigers unsuccessfully attempted a through ball to Carr inside the Butler goal box.
Beginning in the 18th minute, Hohmann became the target of a few scoring opportunities. Danielle Dorazio and Leah Langhans each sent passes in her direction. The third attempt finally allowed Hohmann to get a shot, but it went wide of the net.
Butler’s only first-half shot on goal came in the game’s 25th minute. Natalie Barkus sent a rolling shot from long distance that Madison Martin easily collected.
A minute later, Maria Snyder won a race to the ball, but swung and missed on a shot attempt. In the 30th minute, Hohmann chipped the ball toward the Butler net, but Troyan made a diving save to keep the Tigers from getting a close-range shot.
Forty seconds later, Butler was awarded a corner kick. However, the player who took it slipped and the ball rolled directly to a Lady Tigers defender for the clear.
The Lady Tigers had four scoring chances in an 8-minute span to end the half. Chandler Fuller chipped a ball toward the Butler goal, but it was not converted into a score. Emily Johns and Fuller each sent shots wide left. Carr missed wide in the 39th minute and the score remained 1-0 Lady Tigers at the half.
Hohmann had a breakaway in the 42nd minute, but missed the shot wide right. Johns forced Troyan to make a save in the 44th minute. A rebound attempt was blocked across the goal line, but the Tigers were unable to capitalize on the corner kick. Two minutes later, a Lady Tigers shot came in at head height and was saved by Troyan. In the 8th minute, Johns had a corner kick into the box headed away by Butler.
Hohmann scored both of her goals just 1:07 apart. With 31:25 remaining in the half, she got another breakaway and beat Troyan. With 30:18 left, she sent a turning shot into the net to give North Allegheny a 3-0 lead.
In the 58th minute, the Tigers tried unsuccessfully to break Knell free with a through ball. Snyder got a shot on goal from less than 10 yards away in the 60th minute, but Troyan made a diving save. Five minutes later, Langhans had two chances in a 45-second span. Troyan made a save on a ball sent high from 45 yards out. Langhans then struck the goalpost with a free kick from 35 yards. Knell followed with a shot from less than 10 yards away that Troyan knocked down and collected.
The Lady Tigers struck one more time with 9:39 remaining in the game. Megan Van Kirk started a 2-on-1 break with Knell. Van Kirk waited until Troyan committed to stop her. She then dropped the pass to Knell who put it in to extend the Tiger lead to 4-0.
The Golden Tornado scored its only goal with 9:01 remaining in regulation. Martin came out to challenge, which left the net open for a shot and score by Butler’s Sam Rossi.
Heistand had three chances to end the game the way she started it – with a goal. However, she sent three shots wide (including a breakaway) in a 5-minute span.
Katie Hohmann was named the Wright Automotive North Allegheny Player of the Game.
The victory improved North Allegheny’s record to 4-4-2 in Section 2-AAA and 5-6-2 overall. Butler dropped to 0-10-0 in section and 1-13-0 overall. The Lady Tigers will travel to Shaler on Monday for another crucial section contest. Game time for that matchup is 7:30 p.m.
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LADY TIGERS TIE SENECA VALLEY 2-2
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The Lady Tigers managed a 2-2 tie with
Seneca Valley after 100 minutes of soccer Wednesday night on a wet field
at Newman Stadium. Senior
Danielle Dorazio and junior Katie Hohmann
each scored goals for North Allegheny.
A minute and a half later, Seneca Valley got its first chance of the game. Melissa Lynskey stole the ball from a Tiger defender about 25 yards away from the NA net, but she couldn’t convert it into a goal.
With 25:21 remaining in the first half, Dorazio beat Lydon on a shot from 30 yards out to make it 1-0 North Allegheny. She got the look thanks to pinpoint passes from sophomore forward Maddie Layman and Hohmann. It was Dorazio’s first goal of the season.
In the 17th minute, Dorazio shot another ball wide from about 30 yards away. A little more than two minutes later, Johns saw a chance go awry from about 25 yards away.
Tiger keeper Madison Martin got her first big test in the game’s 22nd minute. Seneca Valley’s Katie Willard chipped a ball toward the net. It took 3 or 4 bounces, the last of which went high off the wet playing surface. Martin jumped and collected the ball to maintain the Lady Tigers’ 1-goal lead.
In the 29th minute, Hohmann’s shot off a pass from Carr went wide left.
Seneca Valley had three opportunities in the half’s final 10 minutes. Mandy Kasperski shot a ball into Martin’s midsection from 25 yards out. With 6:30 remaining, Alex Bilka scored on an assist from Lynskey to tie the game at 1-1. In the 39th minute, Martin dove on a ball chipped into the box to keep the score tied at the half.
The Lady Tigers maintained similar pressure in the second half. In the game’s 42nd minute, a Tiger corner kick was headed, but saved by Lydon. In the 49th minute, Johns’ shot from 30 yards away reached Lydon on one hop.
Almost three minutes later, Lynskey took a crossing pass, but missed wide with a shot on the North Allegheny net. Junior Carolyn Binnig had a shot go wide in the game’s 53rd minute. The opportunity came on a free ball from a deflected pass by Carr.
Seneca Valley took a 2-1 lead with 24:16 remaining in the half. Willard made a short run before firing a shot past Martin from 30 yards away.
North Allegheny responded with a goal of its own less than six minutes later. In the 63nd minute, Johns had a shot blocked over the goal line. On the resulting corner kick, Hohmann headed the ball past Lydon to tie the score, 2-2, with 18:35 remaining.
The Raiders mounted one final attack in regulation. Katie Riley had a shot punched away by Martin in the 74th minute. Kasperski sent the resulting corner kick out of play. Erica McGoogan’s shot a minute later was easily collected by Martin.
Maddie Layman had the final chance in regulation. Junior Brianna Layman sent a corner kick off a Raider defender. Maddie Layman retrieved the ball and shot it wide in the game’s 77th minute.
Seneca Valley had the better of the play in the first overtime period. Lynskey stole the ball away from the Tigers, but couldn’t score 10 seconds into the OT. In the game’s 86th minute, Madison Kozlowski had a shot. The best chance came in the 87th minute. Bilka had a shot from the center of the field at point-blank range. She shot it directly at Martin, who made the save. The Raiders had two corner kicks in the final two minutes of the first overtime. The first resulted in a shot on goal by Misha Demchuk that was punched over the goal line by Martin. The second missed everything and preserved the 2-2 tie through 90 minutes of play.
Seneca Valley saw its final chance at a victory go by the wayside when Lynskey’s free kick from 30 yards out was saved by Martin three minutes into the second overtime period.
The Lady Tigers had two chances to take the lead. In the 96th minute, Hohmann attempted a pass across the goal box, but it was intercepted by Lydon. A half minute later, Carr took a pass from Hohmann and got off a rolling shot. Lydon made the save to keep the score tied at 2-2.
Both teams earned one point in the Section 2-AAA race for the postseason. North Allegheny is now 3-4-2 in section, 4-6-2 overall. Seneca Valley is 3-5-1 in section, 5-6-2 overall.
For her defensive effort, The North Allegheny Sports Network named junior Christine Grom as its Wright Automotive Player of the Game. The Lady Tigers next face Butler at home on Saturday, which will be broadcast live on the North Allegheny Sports Network.
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GIRLS SOCCER TEAM GIVES PINE-RICHLAND SCARE, LOSES 3-2
Junior forward Katie Hohmann scored twice Monday night for the Lady Tigers. However, it was not enough, as North Allegheny ultimately fell to Pine-Richland, one of the top teams in Class AAA, 3-2.
Early on, Pine-Richland went on the offensive, applying heavy pressure to North Allegheny. As several Rams shots flew wide and high of the goal, the Lady Tigers maintained their poise, including a great defensive effort from Junior defender Christine Grom to foil a breakaway attempt. At the 27:20 mark, goalie Madison Martin made an unbelievable leg save on a Pine-Richland scoring attempt. Two minutes later, Pine-Richland finally capitalized, as a shot off a corner kick was fired in by Stacy Weisman, giving the Rams a 1-0 lead. Following the goal, the game became more balanced, as North Allegheny generated several scoring opportunities. As time ticked down in the half, Pine-Richland thwarted a corner kick from Emily Johns, and subsequent shot by Calene Dougherty, as well as a free kick by Leah Langhans. With 2:10 to go, Hohmann scored her first of the night, as she headed in a Johns corner to tie the score at 1-1. North Allegheny fought off a Pine-Richland rush in the final minute, including another great save by Martin, and a corner kick that flew harmlessly through the box, giving the Lady Tigers some momentum heading into halftime.
In the early moments of the second half, both teams traded unsuccessful crosses. Then, six minutes in, Pine-Richland suddenly took a 2-1 lead on a breakaway goal by Olivia Brandy. Less than two minutes later, North Allegheny was awarded a free kick from the 30 yard line. Langhans kicked it into the box, where Hohmann again headed in a goal, knotting the game at 2-2. The lead was short-lived, however. Just three minutes after the Hohmann goal, Pine-Richland retook the lead for good after Weisman dribbled the length of the field for her second goal of the game. The Lady Tigers attempt at one more comeback fell short, despite an offensive fury late in the game, led by Brianna Layman and Maria Carr.
The loss dropped North Allegheny to (4-6-1), with a (3-4-1) record in section play. The Lady Tigers will look to rebound Wednesday in a home section contest against Seneca Valley. The game will start at 7:45 and be broadcast live on the North Allegheny Sports Network.
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HOHMANN'S GOAL IN OT SINKS HAMPTON, 2-1
Junior forward Katie Hohmann scored with 9:25 remaining in the second overtime to give the Lady Tigers a key 2-1 section victory at Hampton on Wednesday night. After Hampton took a 1-0 lead, junior defender Calene Dougherty tied the game late in the first half. Freshman goalie Madison Martin returned in goal for NA to secure the victory.
Hampton came out strong and dominated play in the early going. A cross by the Talbots at the 4:20 mark was cleared by junior midfielder Brianna Layman. At the 10:30 mark, a Hampton breakaway was called offside. Two minutes later, a free kick from 35 yards away by Alana Deluca was headed out by Brianna Layman. A minute later, Deluca scored from 30 yards with a shot that went just under the crossbar to give Hampton an 1-0 early lead. The Lady Tigers came back to threaten on a shot by junior defender Melina Mermigas went just over the net from 20 yards. Less than a minute later, junior midfielder Carolyn Binnig shot wide after taking a pass from junior midfielder Emily Johns. Just before the midway point of the half, Martin had to make a good save on a Hampton attempt. With 18:34 left in the half, Brianna Layman cleared a Hampton breakaway attempt resulting in a corner for the Talbots. On the ensuing corner kick, the ball went through the box and was not converted. A minute later, sophomore forward Maria Carr shot wide left from 20 yards out. With 15:50 remaining, Hampton's Emily Spencer broke through the NA defense but shot wide. A minute and a half later, the Lady Tigers got the equalizer when Brianna Layman sent a cross to Dougherty who finished to tie the game at 1-1. In the next five minutes, NA controlled play mainly by the efforts of junior center midfielder Annie Erickson. With 8:20 left, the Talbots' Amanda Spencer had a chance from the 18 but shot wide. A little over a minute later, a flip throw in went in the box to Emily Spencer but Martin made the save on the play. In the last two minutes, NA continued to pressure the Hampton goal but could not score. The teams went to the intermission tied at 1-1.
Hampton again came out strong and threatened to take the lead. A corner by Vanessa Ceravolo was cleared by Brianna Layman over the end line. The ensuing corner was headed over the end line by the Talbots. At the 3:15 mark, Martin had to make a great save to keep the game tied at 1-1. For the next 12 minutes, NA went on the attack and controlled the game. At the 10:20 mark, a free kick by junior defender Leah Langhans created a corner for the Lady Tigers. Senior forward April Knell sent a ball into the box and Hohmann just missed putting the ball in the net. Three minutes later, a direct kick by Langhans was tipped over the Talbot net by Hampton goalkeeper Halie McDonald. The following NA corner went through the box and was not converted. The Lady Tigers continued to apply pressure looking for the go ahead goal. Just before the midway point of the half, NA had a chance but a corner by Brianna Layman was headed the wrong way by sophomore forward Maddie Layman. With 15:25 left in regulation time, Hampton keeper McDonald had to make a good save on an attempt by Johns. With 12:30 remaining, a Talbot cross to Amanda Spencer was sent wide of the net. Less than a minute later, Hohmann broke in alone but was stopped by McDonald to keep the game tied. With 7:20 left, junior defender Christine Grom made a good play to clear a Talbot direct kick. Two minutes later, another direct kick by Hampton from 35 yards was cleared by the NA defense. With two minutes left, Grom made another stellar defensive play to keep the Talbots from getting a good scoring chance. Regulation time ended with the score tied at 1-1 as the teams got ready for overtime.
The Lady Tigers almost ended it in the first overtime period. With 6:40 remaining, Hohmann headed a cross from Johns off the crossbar and was then covered by McDonald. A minute later, another attempt by Langhans was stopped by the Hampton keeper. With five minutes left, Martin made a great stop on a Hampton breakaway to keep the NA chances alive. With a minute left, Emily Spencer sent a shot over the goal from 20 yards away. NA spent the remaining time pressuring the Hampton net but could not score. The teams went to the second overtime still tied at 1-1. It did not take long in the second overtime period for the Lady Tigers to capture the victory. Just 35 seconds into the period, Hohmann put away the game winner to give NA the important 2-1 road victory.
With the win, the NA section record improved to 3-3-1 moving them into contention for the final playoff spot. The Lady Tigers will travel to Pine-Richland on Monday to battle the first place Rams in a 7:30 pm section contest.
LADY TIGERS BLANK NORTH HILLS, 3-0
The Lady Tigers shut out rival North Hills, 3-0 on Monday night at Martorelli Stadium. Junior forward Katie Hohmann scored on a header in the first half to give NA a 1-0 lead at the intermission. Sophomore Maddie Layman scored twice in the second half to ensure the victory. Sophomore GK Taylor Soergel posted the shutout in her first full game in goal for NA.
North Hills had the first scoring chance on a corner kick just 1:35 into the game by Sandy Jamison but Soergel made the save. A minute later, sophomore forward Maria Carr was stopped by NH goalkeeper Sandy Jamison. At the 3:43 Soergel stopped another attempt by Jamison. After a free kick by junior defender Leah Langhans less than a minute later, a NH counter attack was cleared by junior defender Melina Mermigas. At the 8:00 minute mark, junior midfielder Emily Johns applied pressure but the NH defense cleared the attempt. After a shot by Carr went wide , another Indian counter attack was stopped by junior defender Christine Grom. At the 10:10 mark, a NH cross went wide. Johns came back with an attempt at the NH goal but Jamison made the stop. A little over a minute later, Mermigas had a good opportunity but shot just wide. The Lady Tigers finally broke through at the 13:43 mark when Hohmann headed in a corner kick from junior midfielder Brianna Layman to give NA a 1-0 lead. Hohmann had two additional chances in the next two minutes but one went wide and the second was stopped by the NH goalkeeper. Johns continued the NA pressure but Jamison again came up with the save. The Indians came back with a pair of direct kicks in the next several minutes but could not convert. Just before the midway point of the half, NH's Sullivan sent a direct kick out of bounds. With 19:10 left, the Indians' Abby O'Connell sent a corner kick through the box. A minute and a half later, NH came close to getting the equalizer but Soergel made a spectacular save on NH's Jansen Hartmann. The Indians continued to apply pressure over the next several minutes but could not beat Soergel. With 11:16 remaining, Johns sent a hard shot in that was stopped by the NH goalkeeper. With 6:47 remaining, NH failed to convert another direct kick. The Indians continued to threaten with 4:50 remaining but the NA defense cleared the attempt. With 2:18 left in the half, the Lady Tigers almost scored again. A good initial shot was sent in by senior co-captain April Knell. After Jamison made the save, junior MF Carolyn Binnig's rebound attempt was also stopped by the NH keeper. With 1:58 remaining, NA had one last chance but Knell's shot was stopped. The Lady Tigers took a 1-0 advantage to the intermission.
Early in the second half, the Indians could not convert on a direct kick just 1:48 into the period. Langhans came back with a chance on another direct kick from 20 yards but the NH defense cleared the attempt. At the 7:05 mark, a corner kick by Brianna Layman was sent away by the NH defense. At the 7:55 mark, Maddie Layman was able to head a corner kick from Brianna Layman into the net to give NA a 2-0 advantage. Less than a minute later, senior midfielder Danielle Dorazio hit the cross bar. At the 10:40 mark, Knell was forced to head a NH corner kick out of bounds. Another corner by the Indians was stopped by Soergel less than a minute later. NH kept the pressure on and Soergel was forced to make a good save on a shot by Hartmann. At the 18:30 mark, the Indians forced another corner but could not convert. A minute later, Maddie Layman cleared an attempt off a direct kick by NH. At the midway point of the half, a cross from Knell to Maddie Layman was shot just wide. With 19:00 remaining, the NA defense of Grom, junior Calene Dougherty, and Layman cleared a NH chance off another direct kick. A minute later, the Lady Tigers could not score off a direct kick. With 16:18 left, NA struck again as Maddie Layman was able to beat the NH keeper from ten yards away after taking a cross from Knell. The Lady Tigers had a commanding 3-0 lead. With 15:00 left, NA continued to pressure the NH goal behind the efforts of Knell, Hohmann, and junior MF Annie Erickson. NH answered with a chance off a direct kick but could not score. With 12:35 remaining, Erickson sent a pass to Hohmann through the middle but the shot was stopped by Jamison. With 7:21 left, another NH direct kick was cleared by junior defender Carly Brailer and Dougherty. With the three-goal lead, the Lady Tigers were able to control play over the remaining time. Erickson had a last chance with 1:15 remaining but her corner kick went through the box. The Tigers completed the 3-0 shutout over rival North Hills as time ran out.
With the win, the NA section record improved to 2-3-1, the overall mark to 3-5-1 on the season. The Lady Tigers will travel to Hampton tomorrow night to meet the Talbots in a key section contest. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 pm.
(Thanks again to Jeff Layman for the info in this report!)
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LATE GOALS SINK LADY TIGERS AS SHALER WINS, 3-1
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Shaler scored a pair of goals in the last 6:05 to break a 1-1 tie and defeat the Lady Tigers, 3-1, in a section contest at Newman Stadium on Wednesday night. Junior forward Katie Hohmann scored early in the second half to tie the game. It remained tied until late in the game when the Titans broke through for the winning goals.
The Titans came out strong and pressured the NA goal early. Shaler earned a corner kick just 1:43 into the game. The NA defense was able to clear the ball after a header by Amanda Banachoski was stopped. Less than a minute later, Chelsea Bahorich sent a long attempt in from 30 yards that was caught by NA freshman goalkeeper Nikole Zehr. SA kept the pressure on with Kristie Hamilton came down the right side and was stopped by Zehr on an attempt from 25 yards. The Titans earned a second corner kick at the 7:05 mark, but Rebecca Wakeley shot wide of the NA goal. The Lady Tigers finally went on the attack with sophomore forward Maddie Layman scoring but the goal was disallowed because of an offsides call on NA at the 12:10 mark. Hamilton broke free at the 14:10 mark, but Martin made a good play taking the ball away in the box. A minute and a half later, Hohmann had a chance but was stopped by SA goalkeeper Amie Dobracki. Less than a minute later, Dobracki had to make a diving stop on another Hohmann shot. A direct kick from long range by NA defender Leah Langhans was caught on the fly by Dobracki just past the midway point. With 18:47 left, junior midfielder Brianna Layman sent another direct kick into the box that Dobracki cleared. The Lady Tigers continued to pressure the Shaler defense as Hohmann sent a hard drive in from 25 yards that was stopped. Hohmann had a great chance from 15 yards but Dobracki robbed the NA forward with a great save as the players collided in the box. Hohmann continued to force the issue sending another long attempt in on two hops from 30 yards out that Dobracki collected with 15:25 left in the half. An NA direct kick from 45 yards was not converted. With 9:52 remaining, Hohmann's header was kept out of the goal by Dobracki on a diving save. A minute later, Dobracki was able to beat Maddie Layman to a bouncing ball in the box. Despite the NA pressure, it was Shaler that broke the scoreless tie with a late goal. The Titan midfield sent a bouncing ball into the box. Zehr came out to play the ball, but Shaler's Maggie Boehler pushed the ball past the NA keeper, and then held off NA senior defender Danielle Dorazio to roll the ball slowly into the net to give the Titans a 1-0 advantage with 7:50 left in the half. Junior defender Christine Grom had to make a good play in the box clearing the ball away from the Titan's Wakeley, but the Titans earned another corner kick on the play. With 4:46 left, Zehr made a good save with the rebound by Hamilton going wide of the NA net. With 55 seconds left, Grom made a tough block of a Hamilton attempt giving Shaler another corner. The Titans had several good chances in the remaining time, but the NA defense was able to keep the ball out of the net. Shaler took a 1-0 lead to the intermission.
Early in the second half, an attempt by senior forward Maria Snyder from 30 yards was caught by Dobracki. The Titans came back but junior defender Calene Dougherty made a good defensive play to stop a scoring chance. On the ensuing corner, the NA defense cleared the ball. At the 4:48 mark, Langhans drove another hard direct kick that was caught by Dobracki deep in the box. Three minutes later, a cross by Chelsea Bahorich was cleared by Dougherty. The Lady Tigers finally got the equalizer at the 8:16 mark when Hohmann headed a cross over the head of the Dobracki to tie the game at 1-1. At the 9:12 mark, junior midfielder Emily Johns sent a shot in from 20 yards that Dobracki caught in the air. As NA kept up the pressure looking to take the lead, Hohmann blasted a shot over the goal from 25 yards out at the 12:;38 mark. Wakeley answered for Shaler from 30 yards but the attempt was stopped by Martin. Less than a minute later, Langhans made a tough defensive play to stop a scoring attempt by Hamilton. At the 15:16 mark, senior co-captain April Knell broke free down the middle but was robbed by Dobracki who came out to make the save from point blank range. At the midway point, Hohmann's attempt from 25 yards was caught by the Shaler keeper. Shaler forced at corner kick with 19:44 left, but the NA defense cleared the attempt. Two minutes later, Hamilton broke in from the right side but her shot hit the side of the net. Hohmann broke back for NA but her strong shot hit the football upright with 15:34 remaining. A minute later, NA forced their only corner kick of the game but the Lady Tigers could not convert. With 11:50 left, freshman midfielder Megan Van Kirk sent a cross into the box, but the Titan defense cleared the attempt. An NA direct kick from 45 yards was caught by Dobracki with 8:10 left. Maddie Layman had a chance from the 18, but again Dobracki made the stop. With 6:31 remaining, the Titans earned another corner and this time they converted to take the lead. The ball was sent in by Chelsea Bahorich out near the 18 where it was headed toward the goal. Boehler was able to head the ball again this time into the net for her second goal of the game. Shaler had taken a 2-1 lead with just 6:05 remaining in the game. A minute and eight seconds later, the Titans drove a hard direct kick from the left sideline straight to Zehr who made the stop. Wakeley was there for the rebound, however, and pushed the ball into the left corner of the net to give Shaler a commanding 3-1 advantage. The Titans were able to control the ball for the remaining time giving NA very few chances to try to get back into the game. Shaler was able to kill off the remaining time and take the important 3-1 section victory.
It was a tough loss for the Lady Tigers who battled back to tie the game in the second half. Only several outstanding saves by Shaler GK Dobracki kept NA from taking the lead. For her offensive efforts throughout most of the contest, the North Allegheny Sports Network named Katie Hohmann as the Wright Automotive Player of the Game. With the loss, the NA section record fell to 1-3-1, the overall mark to 2-5-1on the season. The Lady Tigers will travel to North Hills on Monday night to meet the Indians in a 7:30 pm section game.
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SENECA VALLEY HOLDS OFF NA FOR 2-1 WIN
The Lady Tigers battled back from a 2-0 deficit but came up a goal short at Seneca Valley on Monday as the Raiders held on for a 2-1 victory. Sophomore forward Maddie Layman scored the NA goal with 28:35 remaining, but the Lady Tigers could not get the equalizer in the remaining time.
After the Lady Tigers had a chance on a shot by junior defender Leah Langhans just 1:15 into the game, Seneca pressured the NA goal. A corner by Melissa Lynskey was cleared by freshman goalkeeper Nikole Zehr. At the 6:40 mark, another Raider corner by Lynskey sailed over the end line. NA came back just past the midway point but an attempt by senior midfielder Danielle Dorazio from 20 yards out was stopped by the SV defense. The Raiders then scored to take the lead as Raegan Dobbins was able to head in a corner from Lysnkey to make it 1-0 in favor of the Raiders. With 7:35 left, Seneca had another scoring chance buy a shot by Madison Kozlowski went wide of the net. The teams went to the intermission with Seneca Valley holding a 1-0 advantage.
The Raiders extended the margin to 2-0 just 1:15 into the second half on a goal by Lynskey. Trailing by two goals, the Lady Tigers began to control play. At the 3:10 mark, a cross by junior midfielder Brianna Layman was cleared by the SV defense. Less than two minutes later, junior forward Katie Hohmann drove a shot wide after a cross from sophomore forward Maria Carr. The Raiders came back at the 7:30 mark but sent a shot high from the 18. At the other end, Carr had a chance from the 18 but shot wide at the 9:00 minute mark. The Lady Tigers kept up the pressure on the SV goal as a cross by Maddie Layman was cleared by the Raider defense. At the 11:05 mark, Hohmann came close but headed a cross from junior midfielder Emily Johns over the cross bar. Twenty seconds later, an indirect free kick from Johns put the ball in play where Maddie Layman was able to convert to cut the margin to 2-1. Less than three minutes later, Maddie Layman was stopped by SV goalkeeper Keara Lydon. Just before the midway point of the half, a Raider breakaway resulted in a shot going over the NA net. Minutes later, junior Carolyn Binnig made a good play to clear the ball and prevent a Seneca scoring chance. With 13:45 left in the game, Maddie Layman was stopped again by Lydon. A minute and a half later, NA goalkeeper Zehr made a diving save to keep NA just one goal back. With 11:10 left, an indirect attempt by the Raiders was sent wide of the goal. With 6:30 remaining, Carr drove a hard shot that was stopped by Lydon. In the final six minutes, NA dominated much of the play but could not tie the game. The Raiders were able to escape with the 2-1 victory.
The loss dropped the NA section record to 1-2-1, the overall mark to 2-4-1 on the season. The Lady Tigers will host Shaler tomorrow night at Newman Stadium. The North Allegheny Sports Network will be there to broadcast the game LIVE on the internet beginning with the pre-game show at 7:30 pm. Game time is scheduled for 7:45 pm.
JV UPDATE: The Seneca Valley JV team defeated North Allegheny's JV squad, 2-0.
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CENTRAL VALLEY RALLY BEATS LADY TIGERS, 4-3
The Central Valley Warriors scored with just 2:50 remaining in the game to overcome a 2-0 halftime deficit and defeat the Lady Tigers, 4-3, at Newman Stadium on Friday afternoon. Goals by sophomore forwards Maddie Layman and Maria Carr had give NA the lead before the Warriors came back in the second half.
The Lady Tigers jumped ahead early as Maddie Layman was able to convert a pass from junior forward Katie Hohmann and put NA on top, 1-0, just 1:39 into the game. At the 5:00 minute mark, Carr was able to take a pass from junior midfielder Emily Johns and scoed to make it a 2-0 NA lead. Four minutes later, Johns shot wide from 20 yards out. At the 11:21 mark, a cross from Carr was headed in by Maddie Layman but the CV keeper made the save. The Warriors came back with a cross into the box that was stopped by junior midfielder Brianna Layman. A minute later, junior midfielder Annie Erickson sent a ball into the box that was cleared by the keeper. CV came back to threaten by a corner by Megan Hampe was headed out by junior defender Leah Langhans. At the 15:30 mark, an indirect kick by Johns was cleared by the Warrior defense. With 18:30 remaining in the half, the NA defense of junior Melina Mermigas, Langhans, junior Christine Grom and Brianna Layman cleared a CV corner. After the Lady Tigers had dominated play for the first 28 minutes, CV came back to threaten late in the half. A direct kick was stopped by NA sophomore GK Taylor Soergel with 9:45 left. With just 1:30 remaining, the Lady Tiger defense again cleared a cross by Megan Hempe. The teams went to the intermission with NA holding the 2-0 advantage.
In the second half, NA coach Danielle Baginski made several lineup changes. Freshman Ryleigh Gapczynski went in as attacking center midfield, sophomore Christine Palmeri as defending center midfield, senior April Knell as left center and sophomore Maddie Heistand as forward. A minute into the half, Langhans cleared a CV cross. At the 2:07 mark, Hannah Wytiaz beat the NA offsides trap and scored to cut the lead to 2-1. A minute later, Soergel made a good stop to keep NA ahead. The Warriors were able to score again a short time later to tie the score at 2-2. NA came back to threaten but a corner by Brianna Layman was stopped by the Warrior keeper. At the 18:10 mark, Carr had a chance on a cross from senior forward Maria Snyder, but again the shot was stopped by the goalkeeper. With 18:15 left, the Warriors took the lead. After a corner by Hempe was not controlled or cleared, Danielle Pontus was able to give CV a 3-2 lead with 17:34 left in the game. The Lady Tigers rallied to tie the game as junior defender Calene Dougherty came through with the equalizer. NA threatened to take the lead with 8:20 remaining but could not score. With 3:30 left, a corner kick by Hempe was cleared by NA freshman goalkeeper Nikole Zehr. With 2:50 remaining, the Warriors got the game winner when they converted a cross. The Lady Tigers could not score in the remaining time as Central Valley was able to hold on for the come from behind 4-3 victory.
It was a tough loss for the Lady Tigers who dominated the game early. The Warriors came out strong in the second half to score two quick goals that changed the momentum in the contest. The loss dropped the overall NA record to 2-3-1 on the season. The Lady Tigers will travel to Seneca Valley on Monday night to meet the Raiders in a 7:30 pm section contest.
(Thanks again to Jeff Layman for the information in this report!)
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STRONG SECOND HALF LIFTS
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by Jordan Dee
The Lady Tigers became the first team to score on Pine-Richland this season but still fell short, 4-2, to the Lady Rams in a section contest at Newman Stadium on Wednesday night. Sophomore forwards Maria Carr and Christine Palmeri each scored for NA while Pine-Richland's Stacey Weismann scored three goals to pace the Rams.
North Allegheny dominated the
first 20 minutes of the game. In the second minute, Carr took a
close-range shot that Pine-Richland's Haley Wessel dove to her right to
save. Two minutes later, junior Emily Johns' shot from 25 yards
away was punched over the net by Wessel. In the 14th minute, Johns
headed a ball wide of the net. Carr followed a minute later with a shot
that missed high and wide. Junior defender Leah Langhans had an
indirect kick in the 17th minute that the Lady Tigers couldn't convert
into a goal.
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LADY TIGERS EDGE BUTLER, 3-2
The Lady Tigers traveled to Butler on Monday night and defeated the Tornado, 3-2, in a section contest. Junior forward Katie Hohmann scored on a cross from senior forward Maria Snyder with 9:11 remaining to give NA the one-goal victory. Sophomore forward Maddie Layman and Snyder also scored for the winning Lady Tigers.
The Lady Tigers dominated play early in the first half. At the 3:40 mark, junior Emily Johns shot wide. Johns came back a little over a minute late from long range but was stopped by Butler GK Taylor Troyan. At the 6:20 mark, a corner kick by junior Brianna Layman was clearned. A minute later, junior defender Christine Grom drove a shot in from 25 yards but did not score. At the 9:15 mark, a corner sent in by senior midfielder April Knell was headed over the goal by Hohmann. A minute later, Hohmann almost scored again but here header off a cross from Brianna Layman hit the cross bar. Butler keeper Troyan was then called for a penalty in the box, but Hohmann's PK try hit the left post. The Lady Tigers dominated play through the first fifteen minutes of the game. At the 16:10 mark, senior midfielder Danielle Dorazio shot from long range but was stopped by Troyan. At the midway point of the half, sophomore forward Maria Carr had a chance but her attempt was stopped by the Butler GK. After Brianna Layman was stopped by Troyan on a breakaway, the Lady Tigers finally broke through the take the lead. Maddie Layman took a pass from Dorazio and beat Troyan in the upper left hand corner of the net to give NA a 1-0 lead with 17:41 remaining in the half. With 10:50 left, a give and go from Maddie Layman to junior midfielder Annie Erickson was broken up by the Butler keeper. With 5:30 left, a long breakaway pass from Erickson to Maddie Layman resulted in a good scoring chance but Troyan again made the save. Erickson' attempt on the rebound was also stopped. With 2:50 left, Carr tipped a shot wide of the net. With 1:55 left, an NA corner kick by Brianna Layman went through the box and was not converted. The half ended with the Lady Tigers holding a 1-0 advantage. The only Butler chances in the first half were on long balls that were stopped by freshman goalkeeper Nikole Zehr who was making her first varsity start.
Early in the second half, an NA cross by Snyder was stopped by the Butler keeper. The Tornado came back with a scoring chance but NA keeper Zehr stopped a shot by Mackenzie Hahn from the 18 at the 5:10 mark. With 7:35 gone in the half, a corner by Hahn was again saved by Zehr. A minute later Butler's Mariah Mikula shot wide of the goal with Grom making a good effort to clear the ball. The Lady Tigers came close again at the 11:35 mark when a direct kick by junior defender Leah Langhans hit the cross bar from 30 yards away. Two minutes later, Snyder had a chance but shot high from the 18. At the 14:58 mark, junior Carly Brailer sent a great pass through to Snyder who finished to give NA a 2-0 lead. A little over a minute later, Carr was robbed by Troyan who made a great save to keep the deficit at two. Butler was able to cut the margin to 2-1 when a long attempt by Sam Rossi from 50 yards out took a high bounce over the head of GK Zehr and went into the net. NA came back with a scoring chance by Dorazio but Troyan made another good save. Just before the midway point of the half, an NA corner was cleared and Johns sent the ball back in over the net. With 18:35 remaining, Brailer went in as the NA goalkeeper. Two minutes later, Langhans had a chance but was stopped in the box. With 15:30 remaining, Butler got the equalizer when Hohn directed a long attempt by Rossi into the net. The game was tied at 2-2. The Lady Tigers responded quickly with offensive pressure in the Butler zone. With 9:11 left, Hohmann converted on a cross by Snyder to give the Lady Tigers the lead for good. A Butler direct kick from 40 yards was stopped by Brailer with 8:40 left. A good NA chance was set up by a pass from Brianna Layman into the box with 4:30 left but junior midfielder Carolyn Binnig could not control the pass. With 1:29 left, the Butler goalkeeper received a yellow card. Carr took a direct kick but the NA scoring chance was negated with an offside call. Neither team scored in the remaining time and the Lady Tigers came home with the 3-2 victory.
With the win, the NA section record improved to 1-0-1 with the overall mark going to 2-1-1. The Lady Tigers will host Pine-Richland tomorrow night at section play continues. The North Allegheny Sports Network will be there to broadcast the game LIVE on the internet beginning with the pre-game show at 7:30 pm. Game time is scheduled for 7:45 pm.
JV UPDATE: The JV team defeated Butler, 5-0.
(Thanks to Jeff Layman for the information in this report!)
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MARS TOPS LADY TIGERS, 4-2,
The Mars Planets, now playing in Class AA, rallied for a pair of second half goals to defeat the Lady Tigers, 4-2, on Saturday night at Newman Stadium. A pair of goals by junior Katie Hohmann gave NA a 2-2 tie at the intermission. The loss was the first of the season by the Lady Tigers.
Mars started quickly and controlled the game in the first seven minutes. On a corner kick just 3:40 into the game, an attempt by Mani Brueckner slid just past the goal. On a second corner less than two minutes later, Brueckner had another chance but could not convert. The Lady Tigers came back to earn a corner kick at the 7:40 mark but the ball sent in by senior midfielder April Knell was cleared by the Mars defense. Mars broke through at the 9:10 mark to take the lead as Kristen Check split the NA defense to score and give the Planets a 1-0 lead. A minute later, a shot by Kali Paracca of Mars was blocked by NA junior defender Brianna Layman. Check was able to break through the Lady Tiger defense again at the 12:55 mark to score her second goal of the game as the Mars' lead went to 2-0. A corner kick by Brueckner at the 17:10 mark was headed out by Hohmann. Freshman goalkeeper Madison Martin was forced to make a great stop less than a minute later to keep the deficit at two. Brianna Layman came back with 22 minutes left in the half with a long range attempt that was stopped by the Mars' keeper. The Lady Tigers were able to cut the margin to one as a direct kick from 40 yards by Brianna Layman was headed by sophomore forward Maddie Layman to Hohmann who scored with 16 minutes remaining in the half. Minutes later, a direct kick by junior defender Leah Langhans was headed into the goal to tie the game at 2-2. With 9:02 left, a Mars direct kick from 30 yards went wide of the net. Another attempt by the Planets a minute later went wide and long. Mars had one final chance but another direct kick by Brueckner was stopped by the NA defense. Neither team could score in the last three minutes sending the teams to the intermission with a 2-2 tie.
After a Mars' attempt was stopped just 59 seconds into the second half, a shot by sophomore forward Maria Carr went wide. A Mars' corner kick two minutes later was cleared by junior defender Melina Mermigas. At the 10:05 mark, Kristen Check forced a sliding stop by NA keeper Martin who was injured on the play and had to leave the game. Junior Carly Brailer came out temporarily as the NA goalkeeper. At the 11:39 mark, freshman goalkeeper Nikole Zehr entered the game. After a Mars' corner by Brueckner failed at the 16:20 mark, the Lady Tigers answered with a corner kick by senior forward Maria Snyder that was not converted. Mars' Karli Paracca had a breakaway attempt through the middle but her shot missed the goal at the 18:04 mark. Just past the midway point of the half, Brueckner had a chance on a direct kick from 20 yards but the attempt went high. With 19:02 remaining, NA was called for a foul in the box. Brueckner converted the PK to give the Planets a 3-2 lead. NA picked up a yellow card with 18:07 remaining. Mars threatened but a direct kick by Bethany Perri was cleared but keeper Zehr. The Planets made it a 4-2 game as Check scored her third of the contest putting home a rebound after a diving stop by Zehr. NA put pressure on the Mars' goal for the next five minutes but could not score. Zehr kept the Planets off the board at the 7:35 mark with a diving save. Down the stretch, the Planets controlled play. A corner kick by Brueckner with 7:15 left was stopped by Zehr. A corner kick by the Planets with 5:50 remaining was cleared by the NA defense. A final Mars' breakaway hit the post with 3:30 remaining. The Planets were able to control the remaining time to take home the 4-2 victory.
With the loss, the Lady Tigers overall record dropped to 1-1-1. The Lady Tigers will travel to Butler on Monday night to meet the Tornado in a 7:30 pm contest as section play continues.
JV UPDATE: The JV team was victorious over Mars by a score of 6-0.
(Thanks again to Carol Erickson for the information in this report!)
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LADY TIGERS, HAMPTON BATTLE TO
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Sophomore forward Maddie Layman scored early in the second half to give the Lady Tigers a 1-1 tie with Hampton in the section opener at Newman Stadium on Wednesday night. NA played a strong defensive game controlling play for much of the game as they began play in the 2010 section season. Freshman GK Madison Martin allowed just the single goal in the first half and shut out the Talbots for the remainder of the contest. Allison Spencer scored the Hampton goal.
The Lady Tigers started quickly as they put pressure on the Hampton goal early. The best chance came just over two minutes into the game when sophomore forward Maria Carr had a chance from right in front of the goal but was robbed by Talbot goalkeeper Haley McDonald. NA kept the pressure on the Hampton defense for most of the first eight minutes of the game. Maddie Layman had a chance with a deflection that went right to McDonal at the 8 minute mark. Carr drove another hard shot from long range a minute later but was stopped by the Talbot keeper. Hampton's Emily Spencer gave the Talbots a chance with a long attempt from 30 yards at the 11:50 mark, but Martin made the stop. Fourteen minutes into the game, the Lady Tigers forced a pair of corner kicks. On the first, junior midfielder Emily Johns lifted a ball into the box but McDonald collected the ball to keep NA from getting off a good attempt. On the second, Carr drove a hard shot headed for the left corner but McDonald again was there for the save. The Talbots then turned the momentum with the game's first goal. Sophomore Amanda Spencer broke down the middle, split two NA defenders, and drove a hard shot into the right hand corner of the net to give Hampton a 1-0 lead at the 29:21 mark of the period. Sophomore Vanessa Ceravolo broke through two minutes later but was stopped by Martin. The Talbots forced a corner kick with 17:23 left and only an outstanding play by NA junior defender Brianna Layman on the goal line kept the ball of the net. The Lady Tigers regrouped, however, and forced a corner of their own with 15:24 remaining in the half. Brianna Layman sent the ball into the box on the CK but the Talbot defense cleared the attempt. With 12:28 left, it was Brianna Layman again with a long ball into the box that was caught on the fly by McDonald. With 9:40 left, Hampton had a pair of chances with Emily Spencer driving a shot wide left from the 18, and Ceravolo sending an attempt into the box that was collected by Martin. With 5:11 left, sophomore midfielder Christina Palmeri had a chance on a long ball from 25 yards but McDonald made the save. Two minutes later, Katie Werner of the Talbots drove a shot wide from 30 yards. The Talbots actually scored with 35 seconds remaining but the goal was disallowed as Hampton was called for offsides on the play. The half ended with the Talbots holding a 1-0 advantage. Corner kicks favored NA, 3-2, in the half.
The Lady Tigers started the second half with a lot of energy and it paid off with the equalizer. Just 3:50 into the half, junior forward Katie Hohmann drove a hard shot over the goal. Three minutes later, Maddie Layman took a pass right at the 18 and beat McDonald cleanly into the right corner to tie the game. The goal came at the 6:24 mark of the half. At the 11:27 mark, junior defender Leah Langhans sent a hard attempt into the box off a direct kick but the Hampton defense cleared the ball. Johns came back two minutes later with a high cross into the penalty area that McDonald pulled out of the air. Hampton countered two minutes later with a long attempt by Amanda Spencer that Martin was able to stop. Just before the midway point of the half, Maddie Layman set up sophomore forward Madeline Heistand who shot wide from the left of the goal. NA forced another corner at the midway point but could not convert. Less than a minute later, another cross into the box was caught by McDonald as NA continued to apply pressure. Two minutes later, Palmeri tried again from long range but McDonald was there to make the save. Johns sent a one-hopper in to McDonald with 17:33 remaining. A minute later, junior defender Calene Dougherty moved into the box but was unable to beat the Talbot keeper. With 16:09 left, it was Dougherty again with a chance but she shot over the Talbot net. With 12:04 left, McDonald beat a racing Hohmann to a rolling ball in the box to stop another NA opportunity. With 7:48 left, Heistand shot wide after a pass from Maddie Layman on a direct kick. With 4:07 left, junior defender Christine Grom drove a hard shot on a pair of hops that McDonald was forced to stop. At the 2:00 minute mark, McDonald made a diving stop on an attempt by Maddie Layman as the Lady Tigers continued to dominate. Neither team had a serious scoring chance down the stretch as regulation time ran out. With the score still tied at 1-1, the teams headed to overtime.
In the first overtime, senior midfielder Danielle Dorazio had the first scoring chance from long range early in the period but her attempt was caught by McDonald. With 4:09 left, Carr made a nice run down the left side but could not beat McDonald. With 3:03 remaining, the Talbots forced a corner kick. Alana DeLuca's long cross was cleared by the NA defense. The first overtime ended with the score still tied at 1-1.
In the second overtime, neither team had much of a scoring chance in the first nine minutes. Carr did get off a long shot from 30 yard but McDonald easily made the save. The Talbots had two great chances to win the game in the last minute. With 52 seconds left, the Talbots broke in with a 3-on-1 left by Emily Spencer. Palmeri made a good defensive play forcing Spencer wide and also forcing a shot attempt to roll wide of the net. With 15 seconds left, Hampton sent a corner kick into the box that was headed just wide of the NA goal. The game ended with the teams tied at 1-1.
It was a good effort by North Allegheny in their first section contest. Good defense kept Hampton's scoring chances to a minimum. A good effort by the NA defenders led by Langhans, Grom, junior Melina Mermigas, and Dougherty kept the Talbots from exerting much offensive pressure. For her efforts at the offensive end, the North Allegheny Sports Network named Maddie Layman as the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.
With the tie, NA opens section play with an 0-0-1 record. The Lady Tigers will host Mars on Saturday night in a non-section game at Newman Stadium. Mars dropped to Class AA this year after being in Class AAA Section 2 for the past several seasons. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 pm.
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LADY TIGERS OPEN WITH 2-0 VICTORY AT KISKI AREA
The Lady Tigers opened the 2010 season with a 2-0 non-section victory at Kiski Area on Friday afternoon. NA got second half goals by sophomore midfielder Christine Palmeri and junior defender Leah Langhans that gave the Lady Tigers the margin of victory. The game marked the NA coaching debut of new head coach Danielle Baginski.
The game was halted ten minutes into the contest for a 30-minute rain delay. After play resumed, the Lady Tigers dominated play but could not score. The teams went to the intermission with the game still scoreless.
Early in the second half, the Lady Tigers broke through to take the lead. Just four minutes into the half, Palmeri scored on a high shot from 25 yards out to give NA a 1-0 advantage. NA continued to control play and had several scoring opportunities. After senior midfielder April Knell sent a high shot over the goal from 30 yards away, a cross from sophomore forward Maddie Layman at the 12:30 mark went through the box but the Lady Tigers could not convert. Four minutes later, Kiski threatened led by Aileen Feeney, but the NA defense was able to shut down the attack. Credit defenders junior Melina Mermigas, junior Christine Grom, senior Chandler Fuller, and junior Brianna Layman for the defensive effort.
At the 19:45 mark, freshman Megan Van Kirk had a chance off a cross from junior MF Annie Erickson but her shot was stopped by the Kiski keeper. With 17:13 remaining, the Lady Tigers scored again. Junior defender Carly Brailer sent a long ball to Langhans who went past a defender and beat the Kiski keeper to give NA a 2-0 lead. The Lady Tigers continued to pressure the Cavaliers leading to several scoring opportunities. Brianna Layman sent a cross to Erickson with 13:40 remaining but the attempt was not successful. A minute and a half later, a hard shot by sophomore MF Maria Carr was tipped away by the Kiski keeper. The ensuing corner by Erickson was also stopped by the Cavalier netminder. With 9:15 remaining, senior Danielle Dorazio sent a shot just over the net. With 6:32 left in the game, Dorazio shot just wide of the net after taking a pass from Brianna Layman. With four minutes remaining, Carr took a pass from Maddie Layman but her shot by blocked by the keeper. Neither team had chances in the final minutes as NA held on for the 2-0 victory.
The win is a good start for the 2010 season. Freshman Madison Martin registered a shutout in her first varsity appearance as the starting goalkeeper. Congratulations to Coach Baginski for her first win at NA!
With the victory, the Lady Tigers move to 1-0 in non-section play. NA will begin section play on Wednesday night when they host Hampton at Newman Stadium. The North Allegheny Sports Network will be there to broadcast the game LIVE on the internet beginning with the pre-game show at 7:30 pm. Game time is scheduled for 7:45 pm.
(Thanks to Carol Erickson for the information in this report!)
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