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Peters Township Edges NA, 1-0

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Against perennial playoff contender Peters Township, the North Allegheny field hockey team had its five-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday night in a narrow 1-0 defeat to the Indians in McMurray, PA.

The contest was a defensive struggle as North Allegheny goalie Kali Kugler and Peters Township netminder Jessie Phelps kept the game scoreless in the first half. The game’s only goal came with 20:10 remaining in the second half on a penalty corner. The Indians cashed in on the opportunity on a goal by Veronica Schratz, assisted by Maura Farinelli, for a 1-0 lead.

Despite their best efforts, the Tigers could not find the equalizer in the remaining minutes as the Indians held on for a 1-0 win. Phelps made five saves to post the shutout. Kugler tallied eight saves in the defeat.

Peters Township outshot NA, 10-6. The Tigers had the edge in penalty corners, 6-5.

North Allegheny slips to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in WPIAL Division I. Peters Township improves to 2-0 in section play. The Lady Tigers look to rebound on Thursday night in a contest against the Penn-Trafford Warriors at 7:30 p.m. The contest will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Field Hockey Summary vs. Peters Township

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North Allegheny Knocks Off Novi For 5th Straight Win

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The North Allegheny field hockey team won its fifth game in a row on Saturday with a 3-1 victory over Novi (MI). The Tigers used two goals by senior Bridget Russell in the second half to pull away for the win.

Making the long trip from the Great Lakes State, Novi played tough with North Allegheny in the first half as the only goal in the first 30 minutes game from junior Hailey Wachowiak with 4:50 on the clock, for a 1-0 Tigers lead. The Wachowiak goal came on a penalty corner and was assisted by senior Laura Schwendeman.

In the second half, Novi managed to score its only goal of the game but North Allegheny fended off their foe thanks to two goals by Russell to put the contest out of reach. Both of Russell’s goals were assisted by senior Angie Genter.

North Allegheny outshot Novi, 16-6, and led in penalty corners, 8-7. Senior goalie Kali Kugler earned the win in net, making five saves on the day.

With the non-section win, North Allegheny improves to 5-1 overall. The Tigers will visit Peters Township on Tuesday night for a tough section contest. Start time is slated for 7:15 p.m.

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Lady Tigers Level Latrobe, 5-0

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In a non-section game at Newman Stadium on Thursday night, the North Allegheny field hockey team won in a rout of Latrobe, 5-0. The Lady Tigers outshot the visiting Wildcats, 27-0, in a one-sided contest.

The Tigers opened the scoring with 23:34 on the clock as junior Hailey Wachowiak converted on a penalty corner for a 1-0 lead. With just 16 seconds remaining in the half, senior Laura Schwendeman cashed in on another penalty corner opportunity for a 2-0 advantage. Schwendeman’s goal was assisted by senior Sam Marien.

Less than four minutes into the second half, North Allegheny struck again on a marker by sophomore Marisa Hess to increase the lead to 3-0.

The Tigers success on penalty corners continued with 10:02 remaining when Wachowiak assisted on a Bridget Russell goal to bring the score to 4-0, NA. Russell returned the favor just over a minute later, assisting on Wachowiak’s second goal of the night to close out a 5-0 victory.

North Allegheny improves to 4-1 overall following the non-section win. The Lady Tigers host Novi (Michigan) on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

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Bridget Russell’s Hat Trick Sparks Second-Half Comeback Over Norwin

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Kean University recruit Bridget Russell scored three goals in the second half and sophomore Marisa Hess netted the game-winner with one-minute remaining to propel North Allegheny to a 5-4 come-from-behind win over the Norwin Knights on Wednesday at Newman Stadium.  Hess’ goal capped a five-goal outburst by the Tigers in the second half to capture an important early-season win in WPIAL Division I play.

North Allegheny dictated the pace of play throughout most of the first half and held a heavy advantage in penalty corner opportunities. Despite the early chances, the Tigers could not capitalize as the game remained scoreless until Norwin was able to utilize its outstanding team speed in the final five minutes of the half. Karlie Pavlic broke loose for a goal with 4:48 remaining and Jessica Kolesar, also a PIAA medalist on the Norwin track and field team, scored with just four seconds left in the half to give the Knights a 2-0 lead.

The Tigers bounced back quickly and cashed in on two penalty corner chances as Russell scored two goals in the first six minutes of the second half to even the score at 2-2. NA held a sizable 17-4 advantage in penalty corners and outshot the Knights, 15-10.

Norwin regained the lead with 16:38 to play in regulation when Kate Donofrio scored on a penalty corner to put the Knights in front, 3-2. That lead was short-lived, however, as a little over a minute later Hess sent a pass to junior Hailey Wachowiak, who beat a pair of defenders and Norwin goalie Bailee Kelly to even the score at 3-3.

Once more, Norwin struck back thanks to the speed of Kolesar who sprinted by the NA defense with 12:18 to play for a goal and a 4-3 advantage.

With 5:09 left in regulation, Russell hammered a blistering shot that whistled by the Norwin defense and into the net to knot up the score at 4-4. For posting a hat trick and sparking a second-half rally, Russell was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.

With the outcome still in doubt, North Allegheny applied continued pressure in the waning minutes and took its first and only lead of the night when Hess tapped in the game-winning goal off a penalty corner with just one-minute remaining. The Tigers staved off the Knights over the final 60 seconds to close out an exciting 5-4 win.

Tigers goalie Kali Kugler made eight saves to earn the victory in net. Kugler was aided by the fine defensive effort of Kayley Cooper and 2017 All-WPIAL performer Trystan Laughrey.

North Allegheny improves to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in WPIAL Division 1. Norwin falls to 0-1 in the division. The Lady Tigers look to keep things rolling against Latrobe on Thursday night at home.

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NA Edges Forbes Road, 2-1

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In a hard-fought non-section contest at Hempfield High School, the North Allegheny field hockey team prevailed over Forbes Road on Saturday afternoon, 2-1.

Forbes Road made the trip from central Pennsylvania and engaged in a physical, low-scoring contest with North Allegheny. The Tigers took the game’s early lead thanks to a goal by sophomore Marissa Hess, assisted by Laura Schwendeman. However, Forbes Road managed to tie the game at 1-1 on a goal by Payton Kendall with 11:26 remaining in the half.

The game stayed tied until the waning minutes of the contest when sophomore Maggie Laughrey put a shot on net that was saved by the Forbes Road keeper and junior Hailey Wachowiak drove home the rebound to give North Allegheny the lead with just 2:42 remaining. The Wachowiak goal proved to be the game winner in an exciting 2-1 victory.

Senior goalie Kali Kugler got the start in net and made five saves to earn the victory. NA outshot Forbes Road, 12-6.

With the win, North Allegheny improves to 2-1 overall on the season. The Lady Tigers host Norwin on Wednesday night in a game that can be heard live on the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Field Hockey Summary vs. Forbes Road

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