2020-2021 Game Summaries
The North Allegheny girls’ soccer team buried the North Hills Indians with an avalanche of goals on Saturday afternoon for an 11-1 victory in a Section 1-AAAA contest at Martorelli Stadium. The Tigers netted eight goals in the first half and cruised to the win in the second half.
Helping lead the charge for North Allegheny was senior Sarah Schupansky with a four-goal and four-assist performance. Sophomores Lucia Wells, Anna Bundy and Allie Burns all tallied two goals apiece. Rounding out the goal scoring in the second half was freshman Jadyn Coy on a cross from fellow freshman Ally Ruiz. Also adding assists to NA’s scoring onslaught were Wells, Abigail Stager, Olivia Murphy, Briona Rice and Hallie Marsalis.
North Allegheny leaps to 4-1 overall and 3-1 in Section 1-AAAA play. North Hills falls to 1-3-1 overall and 0-3-1 in the section. The Tigers will visit Fox Chapel on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Girls Soccer Summary vs. North Hills, 9-26-20
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Samantha Miller’s goal with 26:42 remaining in regulation propelled Butler to a 3-2 win over North Allegheny on Wednesday night at Newman Stadium. For North Allegheny, the result snaps a 15-game section winning streak. The Tigers had not lost a section game in nearly two years and had gone 18 consecutive section contests without a loss, including one tie in that span.
In the opening five minutes of the game, Butler was the aggressor on offense and capitalized for the game’s first goal. Junior Chloe Weiland scored with 34:15 on the first half clock to give the Tornado a 1-0 lead.
Following the Weiland goal, North Allegheny’s offense remerged and put consistent pressure on the Butler defense. That pressure paid off with 19:09 to play in the first half when senior Sarah Schupansky found sophomore Lucia Wells for a shot from 15 yards out to even the score at 1-1.
The score remained deadlocked at 1-1 until the early stages of the second half. After a hand ball was called on Butler just outside the goal box on the left wing, Schupansky took the free kick and played a shot on net that clanged off the right post. Wells immediately jumped on the rebound and buried a shot in the back of the net for a 2-1 lead and her seventh goal of the season. Wells was selected as the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.
However, just 24 seconds later, Butler evened the score at 2-2 on a marker by Gabrielle Boden from 20 yards out on the left wing. The Golden Tornado struck again with 26:42 to play on the goal by Miller to take a 3-2 lead.
North Allegheny had several prime scoring opportunities down the stretch to try and draw even. With 14:50 remaining, Kena Shannon had a chance in front off a corner kick but narrowly missed wide left. Nearly two minutes later, Schupansky arched a pass on the doorstep to freshman Abigail Stager whose header went just above the crossbar. The Tigers pressured the Golden Tornado down to the final horn, including a free kick into the box as time expired, but Butler staved off NA for the 3-2 win.
Following the loss, North Allegheny falls to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in Section 1-AAAA. Butler improves to 4-0 overall and in the section. The Tigers return to action on Saturday at 2:30 against the North Hills Indians.
Girls Soccer Summary vs. Butler, 9-23-20
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by Jonathan Spina
Despite being the defending WPIAL Champions, North Allegheny came into their game Monday night ranked second in the WPIAL in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette girls soccer rankings behind Pine-Richland. The Tigers left zero doubt who the team to beat still was by game’s end as NA dominated the Rams for 80 minutes, coming out with a 6-1 statement win.
The Lady Tigers wasted no time getting on the board when three minutes in Sarah Schupansky found Lucia Wells streaking down the left side. Wells buried the shot and North Allegheny had the early 1-0 lead. Three minutes later Pine-Richland thought they had the equalizer when Ava Boyd had a point blank opportunity but NA keeper Julianna Werner made a great diving save keeping the game at 1-0. North Allegheny rode that momentum to score three goals in a 10 minute span, the first one by Sophia Palermo and the next two by Schupansky and the Lady Tigers had a 4-0 lead with ten minutes left in the half. The lone blemish of the game came with seven seconds left in the half when Manon Prokesch headed a free kick in for the Lady Rams and North Allegheny led 4-1 at the half.
NA wasted no time getting the goal back when Anna Bundy made a terrific open field move on a Pine-Richland defender and the beat Pine-Richland keeper Katherine Kelly for a marker and a 5-1 lead. Wells added her second goal of the game late in the half for good measure and when the final horn sounded the Lady Tigers had a 6-1 statement win. Megan Miller was the keeper in the second half and did not allow any goals.
For her efforts, Schupansky was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game compiling two goals and two assists. She harassed the Lady Rams defense all night with a plethora of shots on goal and near misses, as well as setting up some of her teammates for scoring opportunities.
North Allegheny improves to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the section. Pine-Richland falls to 0-2 overall and in the section. Next up for the Lady Tigers will be a date with the Butler Golden Tornado, Wednesday, at Newman Stadium at 7:30 p.m. This game will be broadcasted live on the North Allegheny Sports Network.
Girls Soccer Summary vs. Pine-Richland, 9-21-20
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by Jonathan Spina
After beating Norwin in the 2019 WPIAL Championship, it clinched the Lady Tiger’s first ever WPIAL title. The result was the same in the 2020 regular season with North Allegheny defeating Norwin 2-1 in overtime, Saturday afternoon at Newman Stadium.
North Allegheny started hot offensively, with Lucia Wells getting a break away early on but wasn’t able to beat Norwin keeper Liz Waszkiewicz and the score remained 0-0. Everything went the Tigers way until 23:51 remained in the first half when a bouncing ball in the box found Lacey Bernick’s foot and she was able to finish to give Norwin the 1-0 lead. Both defenses stood strong and we went into the half with Norwin up 1-0.
Norwin had the momentum to start the second half but fouls haunted the Lady Knights as they gave up multiple free kicks, the most dangerous one from 45 yards out where Sarah Schupansky put it into the box, after a couple misplays from Norwin defenders Abby Stager picked up her first career goal and tied the game 1-1 with 32:11 remaining in regulation. The momentum began to shift in the Lady Tigers’ favor but they were continuously turned away by Waszkiewicz and we were heading to overtime tied 1-1.
In the first five minutes of overtime Schupansky got a shot on net that was saved but a juicy rebound landed on the foot of Wells who was also denied by Waszkiewicz and we continued to play in the overtime period. Finally, with four minutes remaining in the first overtime, after a frustrating day of great saves and offsides calls, Wells finally got behind the defense onside, and buried the breakaway goal to give the Lady Tigers a 2-1. For her efforts, Wells was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game with the game-winning goal and multiple scoring chances.
North Allegheny improves to 2-0 overall. Norwin falls to 1-2. Next up for the Lady Tigers will be a matchup with Pine-Richland Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Newman Stadium. This game will be broadcast live on the North Allegheny Sports Network.
Girls Soccer Summary vs. Norwin, 9-19-20
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by Jared Barton
It did not take long for the North Allegheny girls’ soccer team to shake off the rust after a long offseason. The Tigers took down Shaler 5-0 at Newman Stadium in the season opener Thursday night.
Two players who were contributing members of last year’s WPIAL Championship squad took control early in the first half. The scoring all started with sophomore midfielder Sarah Schupansky, who dribbled the ball into the offensive zone with a one-on-one chance and blasted the marker past Titans netminder Jocelyn Schwartz with 32:55 left in the first. It didn’t take long for the next score, as sophomore forward Lucia Wells netted the team’s second goal with 32:02 left in the half for a 2-0 lead. A few minutes later, the Tiger attack continued, as Wells struck again with an assist from sophomore Anna Bundy at 28:58 to bring the score to 3-0, NA. Schupansky added her second of the game off an Ellie Wrigley assist with 17:19 to go in the first for a 4-0 lead. Bundy had a chance of her own in the waning seconds, but her shot went wide.
Bundy would get a second chance to hit the net in the second half, as she scored her first of the year with 24:04 left in the game for a 5-0 NA advantage. Schupansky ensured the goal with an assist. Meanwhile, it was a quiet night for senior goalkeeper Julianna Werner, who earned the shutout.
Schupansky was named the Wright Automotive Player of the game for her three-point performance Thursday.
Shaler falls to 0-2 on the season, and will be back in action Monday night at 7:30 p.m. against Seneca Valley. North Allegheny improves to 1-0 overall and in conference play. The Tigers will be back on the pitch Saturday at Newman Stadium in a rematch of last year’s WPIAL championship game against the Norwin Knights at 3:00 p.m.