2019-2020 Game Summaries
In a battle with the reigning WPIAL Class AAA champions, the North Allegheny field hockey team dropped a narrow 2-1 decision to the Peters Township Indians on Tuesday night at Newman Stadium.
The contest was tightly played defensively with neither team generating many scoring opportunities in the first 15 minutes of the game. However, the Indians were to break the ice thanks to a penalty corner with 13:30 to play in the half. All-WPIAL forward, and Saint Francis University commit, Veronica Schratz placed a shot on net and forward Gia Grau deflected in the rebound to give Peters Township a 1-0 lead.
The Tigers earned five penalty corners in the first half, including three consecutive corners late in the half, but were unable to cash in. NA led in corners, 7-1, on the night. Peters Township outshot NA, 12-8.
Peters Township added on to its lead with 25:25 on the second half clock when Schratz scored to improve the Indians advantage to 2-0.
North Allegheny picked up the intensity on offense following the Schratz goal. The persistent pressure paid off as Marisa Hess tallied her fourth goal of the season with 19:07 remaining, trimming the Peters Township lead to 2-1. The uptick in offense was sparked by freshman Sofia Mianzo, who displayed good speed and stick work that helped set up the goal by Hess. For her efforts, Mianzo was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.
The Tigers continued to threaten the Indians in the remaining minutes but could not find the equalizer, ultimately falling to Peters Township, 2-1.
With the outcome, North Allegheny drops to 1-5-1 overall and 1-1 in WPIAL Division I. Peters Township improves to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the division. The Tigers will visit Penn-Trafford on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.
Field Hockey Summary vs. Peters Township, 9-17-19
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The North Allegheny field hockey team concluded its trip to Michigan with a 5-0 defeat to Dexter High School on Saturday afternoon.
Dexter netted three goals in the first half, two by Abby Taylor, for a 3-0 lead by halftime. Taylor tacked on another goal in the second half for a hat trick and Lindsey Doyle added another to close out a 5-0 victory for Dexter.
The loss drops North Allegheny to 1-4-1 overall on the season. The tough test in Michigan should help the Lady Tigers against WPIAL competition, which will resume on Tuesday night with the reigning Class AAA champion Peters Township Indians. The contest will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network.
Field Hockey Summary vs. Dexter, 9-14-19
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The North Allegheny field hockey team traveled to Michigan on Friday for a non-section contest against Novi High School and came away with a 1-1 tie. The contest was the first of two the Tigers will play in the Great Lakes State. North Allegheny will also play Dexter High School on Saturday at noon.
In Friday’s affair with Novi, it was the host Wildcats who tallied the game’s first goal as Avery Fenchel scored on a penalty corner with 4:06 to play in the first half for a 1-0 lead.
Novi limited North Allegheny to one shot on goal on the night, but the Tigers capitalized on the single shot for the game-tying goal with 3:25 left in the second half. Senior Hailey Wachowiak centered a pass to junior Marissa Hess for her third goal of the season and the game was deadlocked at 1-1.
With neither team’s defense yielding much ground, the contest ultimately finished in a 1-1 tie. Novi outshot the Tigers 6-1 on the night and led in penalty corners, 3-2. The Tigers record sits at 1-3-1 overall following the non-section game.
Senior Hailey Wachowiak scored the game-winning goal in overtime to propel North Allegheny to a 2-1 triumph at Norwin on Wednesday night. The victory in the WPIAL Division I opener was also NA’s first of the season.
The Tigers held an extensive 12-4 advantage on penalty corners in the game, and fittingly, it was a penalty corner that set up the first goal of the night. With 3:23 on the first half clock, junior midfielder Marisa Hess scored on a corner for a 1-0 North Allegheny lead. Along with penalty corners, North Allegheny outshot Norwin, 14-4.
The pace was dictated by North Allegheny for most of the evening but the host Knights were able to finally break through early in the second half when Mackenzie Astorino buried a rebound with 28:16 to play in the game, tying the score at 1-1.
The contest remained deadlocked until Wachowiak tallied the game winning marker with 5:38 left in overtime. It was the second straight overtime game for the Lady Tigers.
With the win, North Allegheny improves to 1-3 overall and 1-0 in WPIAL Division I. The Lady Tigers will take a trip to Michigan for a pair of games over the weekend, beginning with Novi (MI) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Field Hockey Summary vs. Norwin, 9-11-19
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The North Allegheny field hockey team dropped a 2-1 decision in overtime at Pine-Richland on Monday night in a non-section contest. Rams senior Heidi van Dyk tallied the game-winning goal 1:05 into the extra session.
In a rematch of last year’s WPIAL Class AAA semifinal, the host Rams scored the first goal of the game on a marker by Jordan Landreneau for a 1-0 lead with 7:04 to play in the first half.
The PR lead did not last long, however, as North Allegheny tied the game just over three minutes later. Senior Hailey Wachowiak put a shot on net from the right side of the circle and junior Marisa Hess drove home the rebound to even the score at 1-1 with 3:44 remaining before halftime. For scoring NA’s first goal of the season, Hess was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.
Early in the second half, it appeared Pine-Richland might regain the lead when Mary Wymard had a golden opportunity on the doorstep of the NA goal. Tigers freshman goalie Jordan Ashbaugh denied Wymard with a terrific diving save to keep the game tied at 1-1.
From there, the defenses from both teams took center stage. The NA defensive unit of Ally Barcaskey, Maya DeNoma and Raina Dodson limited the Rams and kept Division I recruit Ella Rottinghaus off the scoreboard. Pine-Richland led in penalty corners, 6-2, but was not able to take advantage of its opportunities thanks to NA’s play on the back end.
The score remained deadlocked at the end of regulation and for the second consecutive meeting between the two schools, it would take overtime to decide a victor. With 7-on-7 play in the extra session, the Rams took advantage of their team speed as Keegan Kline raced down the right sideline and played the ball into the circle where van Dyk netted the game winner, giving Pine-Richland a 2-1 win.
The non-section loss drops North Allegheny’s overall record to 0-3 on the season. Pine-Richland improves to 4-0. The Lady Tigers will begin section play on Wednesday night with a visit to Norwin for a meeting with the Knights.
Field Hockey Summary vs. Pine-Richland, 9-9-19
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