2018-2019 Game Summaries
The North Allegheny girls’ soccer team fell to the reigning Class AAAA state champion Norwin Knights on Wednesday night in the WPIAL quarterfinals, 2-1. Sophomore Lacey Bernick scored both of Norwin’s goals to help the Knights advance to the WPIAL semifinals on Saturday to face the Peters Township Indians.
North Allegheny outshot Norwin, 12-7, and had several good scoring chances in the first half. However, it was the Knights who scored the game’s first goal on an errant pass in the NA defensive zone. Bernick capitalized on the wayward pass, raced into the goal box and tickled the back of the Tigers net with a shot for a 1-0 lead with 9:02 to play in the half.
The persistent Tigers continued to pressure despite the early deficit and nearly tied the game just before halftime. Following a throw-in for the Tigers 30 yard out with 18 seconds left, NA built one final rush prior to intermission. Senior Alex Adams put a shot on net that was saved by Norwin goalie Liz Waszkiewicz and deflected in front of the net. Sophomore Sarah Schupansky pounced on the rebound and seemingly scored the game-tying goal. Unfortunately for the Tigers, the waning seconds of the half ticked off the clock just before Schupansky put the ball in the net. Saved by the bell, Norwin maintained a 1-0 lead going into halftime.
In the second half, North Allegheny tallied numerous shots on net, including scoring chances for Ava Ruppersberger and Hannah Kirkpatrick but timely saves from Waszkiewicz kept the Tigers off the board. Norwin added onto its lead with 15:40 to play in regulation on a corner kick that was deflected into the NA net on a right-footed kick by Bernick for a 2-0 advantage.
Undaunted, the Tigers answered back with 10:03 remaining in the game. Junior Emma Bundy boomed a free kick from 35 yards out that was perfectly placed beyond the outstretched reach of Waszkiewicz and under the crossbar to cut the Norwin lead to 2-1. The goal was Bundy’s ninth of the year, tying her for the team lead with Adams on the season. A sparkplug for the Tigers from the very start of the game, Bundy was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game by the North Allegheny Sports Network.
Following the Bundy goal, the Tigers continued their furious rally but could not find the equalizer as Norwin staved off NA over the final 10 minutes for a 2-1 victory.
With the win, Norwin improves to 15-2 on the season. North Allegheny’s season ends with an 11-6-1 record. Congratulations to coach Chuck Kelley and the Lady Tigers for another exciting season of North Allegheny girls’ soccer.
Girls Soccer Summary vs. Norwin, 10-24-18
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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 Madison 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 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 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 an 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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