2017-2018 Game Summaries
Facing off against the Section 1-AAAA champion Pine-Richland Rams, the North Allegheny girls’ soccer team earned a 2-2 tie on Saturday evening. In the section finale, it was the first time all season the Rams did not win a section game.
North Allegheny junior Alex Adams scored both of NA’s goals in the contest to help force the 2-2 draw. It was a good effort by the Tigers against the No. 1-ranked team in Class AAAA and something to build on ahead of the WPIAL playoffs.
North Allegheny improves to 10-5-1 overall and 6-3-1 in Section 1-AAAA. Pine-Richland sits at 13-1-1 overall and 9-0-1 in the section. The Tigers host the Norwin Knights in a tough non-section contest on Monday night.
Emma Bundy’s goal with 5:55 to play in overtime lifted North Allegheny to a 1-0 victory at North Hills on Wednesday night at Martorelli Stadium. It was the second time this season the Lady Tigers have played in an overtime game, capturing a victory in both contests. NA also seized a victory in extra time on September 11 with a 2-1 overtime win against Seneca Valley.
North Hills entered the game with just one section win but playing in a driving rain storm the homestanding Indians were hoping to put a damper on the Tigers’ attempt at a late-season surge. North Allegheny had the better of the play in the first half but North Hills nearly took the lead in the 25th minute on a free kick by Olivia Yoder from 25 yards out that hit the crossbar and bounced away, keeping the game scoreless.
The Tigers had their best opportunity to score in the waning seconds of the first half when North Hills keeper Grace Lyon misplayed the ball at the top of the box and Bundy came away with a steal. With only Yoder to beat, who was scrambling back toward the net defensively, Bundy missed on her attempt wide right and the contest remained 0-0 at intermission. Despite the missed shot, Bundy would be heard from again.
North Allegheny dictated the pace for most of the second half but was kept off the scoreboard because of the fine play of Lyon in the North Hills net. Lyon denied several prime scoring opportunities for Ava Ruppersberger and Alex Adams over the final 40 minutes of regulation.
In overtime, the Tigers raised their intensity level and were finally able to beat Lyon when Bundy delivered the game-winning goal with 5:55 on the clock. For her efforts, Bundy was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.
Goalies Julia Correa and Olivia Ruppersberger combined for the shutout. It was the seventh shutout posted by the Tigers this season.
North Allegheny improves to 10-5 overall and 6-3 in Section 1-AAAA. North Hills finishes its section schedule with a 1-9 mark and sits at 5-11 overall. The Lady Tigers will visit Pine-Richland on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.
Girls Soccer Summary vs. North Hills, 10-11-17
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Winners of four of their last five games, the Butler Golden Tornado scored two goals in the final few minutes of the game to upend the North Allegheny Tigers on Monday night, 2-1.
The game started auspiciously for North Allegheny as junior Alex Adams scored just two minutes into the game to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. That one-goal advantage was maintained by halftime thanks to several key saves from senior goalie Olivia Ruppersberger.
In the second half, Butler continued to pressure the NA net and eventually scored the game-tying goal with a little over two minutes remaining in the game. The game-winning marker came soon after on a corner kick to lift the Tornado to a stunning 2-1 win.
The playoff-bound Tigers fall to 9-5 overall and 5-3 in section play. Butler, who has also qualified for the postseason, improves to 9-6 overall and 5-4 in the section. North Allegheny looks to bounce back on Wednesday night with a visit to North Hills. The game will be video streamed live by the North Allegheny Sports Network via pay-per-view for $5.00 and can be viewed by clicking here.
The North Allegheny girls’ soccer team blistered the Shaler Titans on senior night at Newman Stadium on Wednesday, 9-0. Senior goalies Julia Correa and Olivia Ruppersberger combined for the Tigers’ sixth shutout of the season. North Allegheny clinches a playoff berth with the Section 1-AAAA victory.
The Tigers offense produced an avalanche of goals against the Titans for a landslide victory. Sophomore Ava Ruppersberger posted a hat trick to lead the charge. Senior Addison Metcalf, sophomore Emma Bundy and freshman Sarah Shupansky scored two goals each to contribute to the offensive showcase.
North Allegheny improves to 9-4 overall and 5-2 in Section 1-AAAA. Shaler dips to 5-8 overall and 1-6 in the section. The Lady Tigers will host Butler on Monday night at 7:30 p.m.
The fourth-ranked North Allegheny girls’ soccer team dropped a 4-1 decision on the road to the Seneca Valley Raiders on Monday night in Section 1-AAAA action. The Raiders pulled into a second-place tie with North Allegheny in the section standings thanks to the win with both teams owning a 4-2 section mark. The Raiders have won four of their last five games with the Tigers.
Seneca Valley played inspired soccer in the opening minutes of the contest and produced four corner kicks in the early going. It was on the fourth corner kick that the Raiders manufactured the first goal of the night on a header by sophomore Paige Brady for a 1-0 lead.
North Allegheny didn’t get its first shot on net until 26:34 of the first half but the Tigers made it count. Senior Morgan Anderson stole the ball near the top of the 18, dribbled in and drove a hard shot past SV keeper Isabella DeFabbo to even the score at 1-1. For her efforts, Anderson was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.
Despite the NA goal, the Raiders continued to mount pressure and took a 2-1 lead when Edinboro recruit Jessica Frank got behind the defense on a long pass from Brady and scored with 21:27 left in the half. Seneca Valley netted another marker just before halftime on a goal by Ashely Rea, assisted by Ally Smith, to bring the score to 3-1, Raiders.
The Tigers nearly trimmed the deficit with just over a minute to go in the half but DeFabbo made a pair of fantastic saves to deny Emma Bundy and Ava Ruppersberger on back-to-back shots and kept the Raiders two-goal lead intact going into intermission.
North Allegheny pressed the Raiders throughout much of the second half but was unable to breakthrough to creep closer in the contest. At 13:55 left in the second half, Seneca Valley put the game out of reach on a Shannon O’Shea goal for a 4-1 final.
North Allegheny slips to 8-4 overall and 4-2 in Section 1-AAAA. Seneca Valley jumps to 8-3 overall and 4-2 in the section. The Lady Tigers return to action on Wednesday for a home game with the Shaler Titans.