2018-2019 Game Summaries
The North Allegheny field hockey team took reigning WPIAL champion Pine-Richland to the limit, but the Rams survived the Tigers in the WPIAL semifinals with a 3-2 shootout victory. The Tigers trailed 2-0 at halftime but stormed back in the second half to force overtime. After two scoreless 15-minute overtime periods, the game was decided in a shootout and the Rams held a 3-2 edge in strokes to punch their ticket into the WPIAL championship game on Monday, Oct. 29 at Fox Chapel High School.
Facing each other in the playoffs for the second straight year and third time in the last five years, North Allegheny and Pine-Richland played in an instant classic at neutral site, Peters Township. The Rams gained the early edge with a goal from sophomore Jordan Landreneau 5:29 into the game. Landreneau struck again with 9:34 remaining in the first half to give Pine-Richland a 2-0 advantage.
In the second half, the Tigers displayed their resolve and mettle and turned the tables on the Rams. On a long hit into PR territory, a rare misplay by the Rams defense allowed sophomore Marisa Hess an opportunity in the circle and she cashed in with 24:45 on the clock, trimming the PR lead to 2-1. The goal was Hess’ sixth of the season.
The Tigers remained in hot pursuit of the Rams throughout the remainder of the half and were granted a golden opportunity with just 48 seconds to play. Given a penalty stroke, senior Bridget Russell beat Rams goalie Abby Baratka for the equalizer and the game was knotted up, 2-2. For her clutch play throughout the night, Russell was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game. Russell’s goal was her 11th on the year.
In both overtimes, North Allegheny had the better of the scoring chances. Senior Angie Genter was narrowly denied by Baratka who made a glancing save on a shot with 8:10 to play in the first OT. Later in the overtime, a deep pass nearly found junior Hailey Wachowiak all alone in the circle but narrowly missed her stick.
After two scoreless overtime periods, the playoff drama advanced into a penalty stroke shootout. Before the penalty stroke session began, Abby Baratka was forced to leave the game due to an apparent lower-body injury. Freshman Sadie Baratka took over for the Rams with a trip to the WPIAL championship game at stake.
The Tigers immediately took advantage of the freshman keeper as Hess scored to give NA a 1-0 advantage in strokes. After a pair of stops by each goalie, PR’s Ava Loskoch scored to even things up at 1-1. Russell responded immediately with a marker to vault NA in front again in strokes, 2-1. Unfortunately for NA, Sadie Baratka did not allow another goal and PR’s Alexa Sharon and Elaina Camino scored on back-to-back strokes to lift the Rams to a 3-2 edge in strokes and a 3-2 victory in the WPIAL semifinals.
Pine-Richland held a 7-6 advantage on penalty corners on the night. NA goalie Kali Kugler made nine saves and did a terrific job in holding the Rams at bay in the second half. Collectively, the Tigers defense was outstanding in limiting the quick-footed stride of PR’s Ella Rottinghaus, keeping her scoreless on the night.
North Allegheny’s season comes to an end with a 10-7-1 overall record. Congratulations to head coach Trish Herbert, her coaching staff and the entire NA field hockey team for a memorable season and valiant effort in the playoffs.
Field Hockey Summary vs. Pine-Richland, 10-23-18
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The playoff-bound North Allegheny Tigers dropped a 2-0 decision to the Pine-Richland Rams on Wednesday night in Gibsonia. The outcome locks up a spot for the Rams in the WPIAL playoffs and snaps a four-game winning streak for North Allegheny.
Pine-Richland used the speed of sophomore Ella Rottinghaus to help tilt the field in its direction in the early going. The PR pressure set up a goal by junior Heidi Van Dyk, who scored on a direct shot near the left post for a 1-0 lead. Despite a more back-and-forth remainder of the half, the Rams still outshot the Tigers 10-1 and maintained their one-goal lead by intermission.
The Rams extended their lead with 24:20 to play in the second half when Van Dyk scored her second of the night for a 2-0 advantage.
The North Allegheny defense and goalie Kali Kugler did an outstanding job of keeping the team in the game in the second half. Kugler made 13 saves in the contest and was aided by the defensive efforts of senior Kayley Cooper. Cooper made several key tackles on Rottinghaus throughout the night and was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game by the North Allegheny Sports Network.
Trailing by two goals, the NA offense sprang to life in the final 15 minutes of the game and forced the action in Pine-Richland’s territory. The Tigers’ best chance to score came with 6:19 to play on a shot by junior Izzy Ingram that was stopped on a kick save by Pine-Richland goalie Abby Baratka. Unfortunately for the Tigers, that was their only shot on goal in the second half as the Rams held on for a 2-0 victory.
With Wednesday’s result, North Allegheny slides to 10-6-1 overall and 6-3 in WPIAL Division I. Pine-Richland secures a playoff berth and the No. 2 spot in the standings, while improving to 6-1-2 in division play. Both teams will prepare for the WPIAL semifinals next week.
Field Hockey Summary vs. Pine-Richland, 10-17-18
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The North Allegheny field hockey team locked up a playoff berth on Tuesday night with a 2-1 win over the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils at Newman Stadium. Junior Hailey Wachowiak netted two first-half goals to help NA secure a spot in the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs next week while also putting the Blue Devils’ postseason plans on hold.
In the early going, Mt. Lebanon had a golden opportunity to take the game’s first lead with a penalty corner eight minutes into the contest but a shot from junior Cara Lynch missed wide left and the game remained scoreless. The Tigers success on defense paid immediate dividends on offense as senior Angie Genter charged down the right wing and feathered a ball to Wachowiak who beat Mt. Lebanon goalie Noel Awad for a 1-0 lead with 21:35 left in the half.
Later in the half, North Allegheny capitalized on a penalty corner when senior Bridget Russell sent a ball in front that was redirected by Wachowiak for a 2-0 advantage with 5:21 on the clock. Wachowiak’s two goals were her team-leading 17th and 18th on the season.
Looking to protect a two-goal lead in the second half, the NA defense befuddled the Blue Devils for most of the game. In particular, senior Trystan Laughrey made several athletic plays to thwart potential Mt. Lebanon fast break opportunities and earned Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors.
Along with Laughrey, a collective effort from Alley Barcaskey, Kayley Cooper, Maya DeNoma, Maria Duchi, Sam Marien, Laura Schwendeman and goalie Kali Kugler helped hold Mt. Lebanon at bay.
Desperate for a goal, Mt. Lebanon was finally able to solve the NA defense with 2:31 remaining in the game on a goal from senior Julianna Dillon. The score proved to be too little, too late for the Blue Devils as NA spent the remainder of the time in ML territory, winding down a 2-1 win in WPIAL Division I action.
North Allegheny vaults into second place in the Division I standings with a 6-2 record and 10-5-1 mark overall. Fourth-place Mt. Lebanon slides to 4-1-2 in the division and will determine its playoff fate in the Blue Devils’ two remaining games this week. The Lady Tigers can lock up second place in the standings with a win in the regular season finale tonight against Pine-Richland. The game will broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network.
Field Hockey Summary vs. Mt. Lebanon, 10-16-18
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Junior Hailey Wachowiak netted four goals, three of which in the first half, to spearhead a dominant 7-1 road victory over the Hempfield Spartans on Tuesday night. The Tigers outshot the Spartans, 18-4, and buried Hempfield with a five-goal outburst in the first half.
Senior Bridget Russell opened the floodgates just over five minutes into the game to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. Wachowiak scored her first goal of the night with 18:43 remaining in the half for a 2-0 advantage. On a penalty corner, senior Angie Genter tallied a goal with 12:15 to play in the half to balloon the NA lead to 3-0. Wachowiak scored two more times in the first to expand the score to 5-0, Tigers, by intermission.
Wachowiak struck again with 20:18 on the second half clock, assisted by Russell, for a 6-0 score. Russell netted NA’s final marker of the night with 10:36 to go for a 7-0 lead. Russell’s goal was assisted by junior Izzy Ingram.
Hempfield managed to break the shutout with just 48 seconds remaining in the game on a marker by Salena Paronish on a penalty stroke to bring the final score to 7-1, North Allegheny.
NA goalie Kali Kugler made three saves and earned the win in net.
With the win, North Allegheny improves to 9-5-1 on the season and 5-2 in WPIAL Division 1. Hempfield falls to 0-6 in the division. The Tigers will have the next six days off before a big week to round out the regular season. NA will host Mt. Lebanon on Tuesday, Oct. 16 and will visit Pine-Richland on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Both games will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network.
Field Hockey Summary vs. Hempfield, 10-9-18
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On a rainy and stormy evening in the south hills, the North Allegheny field hockey team picked up an important win in WPIAL Division I play with a 1-0 decision over the Upper St. Clair Panthers. The game was shortened due to weather conditions and called after one half of play, with the Tigers declared the victor.
The game’s only goal came with 23:23 remaining in the first half on a marker by senior Bridget Russell on a successful penalty corner. Junior Ella Backauskas drew the start in net and earned the shutout, making two saves.
With the win, North Allegheny leaps to 8-5-1 overall and 4-2 in WPIAL Division I. Upper St. Clair slides to 1-4 in division play. The Lady Tigers will take on Hempfield for another division matchup on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m.