2018-2019 Game Summaries
By Jonathan Spina
North Allegheny welcomed the defending back-to-back WPIAL and PIAA champions in Class AAA to Newman Stadium for a first round matchup in the WPIAL playoffs. The Class AAAA playoffs weren’t as kind to Moon, however, as North Allegheny knocked them out with a 2-1 victory. The win put North Allegheny into the quarterfinals.
Both teams were testing each other out in the early going when eight minutes into the game Moon committed a foul and gave North Allegheny a free kick from 25 yards outs. Emma Bundy took the free kick and put it into the back of the net, giving North Allegheny a 1-0 lead. After the goal, the momentum started to shift in Moon’s direction but Maddie Vukas did a great job keeping them out of the net. With the first half clock running out and Moon having all of the momentum, North Allegheny got a corner kick with 37 seconds left. The pass was to Ava Ruppersberger who split two defenders and put a shot off net that deflected off of Moon keeper Madison Sleva and into the net. The goal deflated Moon and gave North Allegheny a 2-0 lead heading into the locker room.
With Moon in desperation mode all second half, North Allegheny’s back line of Caroline Noel, Riley Miara, and Natalie Mudd, along with Vukas, held Moon to two total shots on the goal in the second half. With 3:06 to go in the game, Moon did draw a foul in the box and got a penalty kick. Ellie Hill took it and even though Vukas guessed right, the ball went past her finger tips and into the net to make bring the score to 2-1, NA. North Allegheny held on down the stretch and won the game, 2-1, advancing to the quarterfinals.
Ruppersberger was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game for scoring the game-winning goal. Vukas had seven saves on eight shots.
North Allegheny improves to 11-5-1 while Moon finishes their season with a 11-5-2 record. North Allegheny advances to the quarterfinals to take on second-seeded Norwin (14-2-0) on Wednesday at a site and time to be determined. Wherever and whenever that game is, it will be broadcasted on the North Allegheny Sports Network.
For a photo gallery of NA’s win over Moon, click here.
Girls Soccer Summary vs. Moon, 10-20-18
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The North Allegheny girls’ soccer team wrapped up the regular season on Monday night with a 7-0 drubbing of the North Hills Indians at Martorelli Stadium.
The Lady Tigers received two goals apiece from senior Alex Adams and freshman Hallie Marsalis. Sophomores Sarah Schupansky and Brianne Torchia, and junior Emma Bundy also scored goals in the win. Sophomore Maddie Vukus helped the Tigers to their seventh shutout of the season.
North Allegheny improves to 10-5-1 on the season and finishes the Section 1-AAAA schedule with an 8-3-1 mark. North Hills ends the year with a 5-12-1 record and 3-9 section mark. The Lady Tigers await the WPIAL playoffs next week.
In a non-section clash with the Norwin Knights, the North Allegheny girls’ soccer team claimed a 2-0 shutout over the reigning state champions on Friday afternoon at Newman Stadium. Juniors Ava Ruppersberger and Hannah Kirkpatrick scored goals for the Tigers. Sophomore goalie Maddie Vukus recorded the Tigers sixth shutout of the season.
With the win, North Allegheny improves to 9-5-1 on the season. Norwin drops to 13-2 on the campaign. The Lady Tigers will round out the regular season with a road section matchup at North Hills on Monday.
The North Allegheny girls’ soccer team played to a 2-2 tie with the Butler Golden Tornado on senior night at Newman Stadium on Wednesday. The Lady Tigers received goals from juniors Emma Bundy and Ava Ruppersberger in the section stalemate. Scoring goals for the Tornado were Chloe Wieland and Gabby Boden.
North Allegheny moves to 8-5-1 overall and 7-3-1 in Section 1-AAAA. Butler sits at 7-5-2 overall and 6-4-1 in section play. Both teams are headed to the WPIAL playoffs. The Lady Tigers will face the reigning state champion Norwin Knights on Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.
Girls Soccer Summary vs. Butler, 10-10-18
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Junior Emma Bundy and sophomore Sarah Schupansky each scored twice as North Allegheny flummoxed the Fox Chapel Foxes on Monday night, 6-0. NA’s victory eliminated the Foxes from postseason contention, ending a streak of 10 consecutive seasons with a playoff berth for Fox Chapel.
The playoff-bound Tigers scored early and often in this Section 1-AAAA contest and Bundy ignited the team with the first two goals of the night. Her first came with 33:19 remaining in the first half on a free kick from 25 yards out. The second goal of the half for Bundy came with 18:39 on the clock as her initial shot was saved by Foxes goalie Julie Scheffler but the Duquesne University recruit pounced on the rebound and scored for a 2-0 NA lead. For jump starting the Tigers attack, Bundy was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.
North Allegheny dominated the field for most of the game and the constant pressure resulted on another goal by senior Morgan McConnell with 8:36 to play before halftime for a 3-0 lead. With Scheffler diving to her right, McConnell’s shot from 10-yards out ricocheted off a Fox Chapel defenseman and to the left of the Fox Chapel keeper to give NA a comfortable three-goal halftime advantage.
The Tigers continued to bombard the Fox Chapel net and scored less than three minutes into the second half when Schupansky drove a hard left-footed shot from 20 yards out that caromed off the left post and into the net for a 4-0 lead. The lead swelled to 5-0 courtesy of a fine steal by junior Hannah Kirkpatrick, who weaved through several defenders and scored with 32:57 remaining in the game. Schupansky scored her second goal of the night, and seventh of the season, with 26:27 left in the contest to put the win on ice, 6-0, over Fox Chapel.
North Allegheny outshot Fox Chapel 14-6 and held a 3-2 edge in corner kicks. Sophomore goalies Madison Vukas and Julianna Werner combined for NA’s fifth shutout of the season.
With the win, North Allegheny leaps to 8-5 overall and 7-3 in Section 1-AAAA. Fox Chapel slides to 6-8 overall and 4-7 in the section. The Lady Tigers will host Butler on Wednesday night in another section contest. It will be Senior Night for the Tigers.
Girls Soccer Summary vs. Fox Chapel, 10-8-18
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