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2019-2020 Game Summaries

Tigers Top Tribe To Cap First-Ever Perfect Finish In Section

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For the first time in program history, the North Allegheny girls’ soccer team finished with a perfect section record and closed out the regular season with a dominant 8-1 win over North Hills on Monday night. Senior Riley Miara and junior Sarah Schupansky each netted a pair of goals to help the Tigers cap the season with a 12-0 mark in Section 1-AAAA. For her efforts, Miara was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game by the North Allegheny Sports Network.

The Tigers outshot the Indians, 16-2, and led in corner kicks, 5-0. With the black and gold dictating the pace, North Allegheny poured on the goals for the second-highest scoring output of the season.

Schupansky opened the scoring with 31:25 to play in the first half with a goal from 15-yards out to put the Tigers in front, 1-0. Freshman Lucia Wells lofted a shot over the North Hills goalkeeper from 20 yards out for a 2-0 lead. Freshman Anna Bundy ended the first half scoring with 3:26 on the clock to give NA a 3-0 lead at intermission.

The North Allegheny offense scored four times in the first 10 minutes of the second half to leave little doubt of the outcome. Miara scored twice and Schupansky added her second of the game during NA’s opening salvo to start the half. Senior Emma Bundy added a goal and freshman Allie Burns capped the scoring with 8:13 to play for NA’s eighth and final goal of the evening. North Hills managed to break the shutout against the NA reserves with a goal by Miranda Groll as the Tigers claimed an 8-1 victory.

The win gives North Allegheny a 14-2-1 overall record. North Hills falls to 2-12-1 overall and 1-11 in section play. The Tigers will await the unveiling of the WPIAL playoff bracket, which will be released on Wednesday.

Field Hockey Summary vs. Mt. Lebanon, 10-14-19

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Norwin Ends North Allegheny’s Winning Streak

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In a tough non-section tune-up ahead of the WPIAL playoffs, the playoff-bound North Allegheny girls’ soccer team fell to the Norwin Knights on Thursday night, 3-1. The outcome snaps a streak of 11 straight games without a loss, as well as a six-game winning streak for North Allegheny. It’s the first loss for the Tigers in over a month.

The leaders in Section 3-AAAA pressured NA in the first half but were turned away numerous times thanks to some incredible saves by goalie Madison Vukas. Despite Norwin’s advantage in possession time, the contest was scoreless after one half of play.

Norwin gained control midway through the second half, however, with goals by Kate Kauffman and Morgan Sigut for a 2-0 lead. North Allegheny edged back into the contest with 9:30 left in the second half on a marker by junior Sarah Schupanksy, trimming the Norwin lead to 2-1. The Knights staved off the Tigers in the remaining minutes and added one last goal from Dani Iannuzzo with 48 seconds remaining to bring the final score to 3-1, Norwin.

The loss drops North Allegheny’s record to 13-2-1 overall. Norwin improves to 15-1 on the season. The Tigers conclude the section schedule on Monday night with a home match with the North Hills Indians. The game will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Girls Soccer Summary vs. Norwin, 10-10-19

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Stingy Defense Helps NA To 6th Shutout, 3-0 Win At Butler

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Playing on the slick grass at Butler on Wednesday night, the newly crowned Section 1-AAAA champion North Allegheny Tigers maintained their unblemished section record with a 3-0 shutout of the Golden Tornado. Goalie Madison Vukas made a pair of saves as the Tigers notched their sixth shutout of the season. The victory was NA’s sixth in a row.

Vukas and the Tigers defense performed well in the first half, keeping the game scoreless until the Tigers broke through for the game’s first goal in the 37th minute. Senior Emma Bundy scored on an excellent shot from the right side for a 1-0 lead.

The Tornado led the Tigers in corner kicks, 4-1, but could not cash in as North Allegheny maintained its one-goal advantage for most of the game before pulling away late in the second half. In the 74th minute, junior Sarah Shupansky lofted a high arcing shot that was just beyond the reach of the Butler goalie for a 2-0 North Allegheny lead. Schupansky put the game on ice five minutes later with a goal on a penalty kick for an insurmountable 3-0 lead and victory.

The win improves to North Allegheny’s overall record to 13-1-1 and section mark to 11-0 on the campaign. Butler dips to 11-4 overall and 7-4 in Section 1-AAAA. The Tigers will face another tough test on Thursday night with a road game against the first-place team in Section 3, the Norwin Knights.

Girls Soccer Summary vs. Butler, 10-9-19

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NA’s Late Goal Secures Outright Section 1-AAAA Title

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In a meeting between two playoff-bound teams, the North Allegheny Tigers edged the Fox Chapel Foxes on Monday night for a 2-1 triumph at Newman Stadium. Senior Emma Bundy propelled the Tigers to victory by scoring the game-winning goal with just 1:45 remaining in the game. The win secures an outright Section 1-AAAA title for North Allegheny. It’s the first section crown for the Tigers since 2013.

In the first half, Fox Chapel was successful in its effort to contain the North Allegheny forwards and play keep away. The Foxes dictated the pace for most of the half, but the Tigers began to solve their strategy late in the half despite a scoreless tie by intermission.

In the second half, North Allegheny settled in and scored the first goal of the game on a marker by junior Sarah Schupansky with 19:58 to play. Schupansky lofted a shot from 25-yards out over the leaping effort of Fox Chapel goalie Molly McNaughton and under the crossbar for a 1-0 North Allegheny lead. The goal was Schupansky’s team-leading 14th of the season.

Fox Chapel tied the game just five minutes later when Lucy Ream, an Eastern Kentucky recruit, sent a centering pass in front of the net to a wide-open Lauren Rabbitt for a tap-in goal and the game was knotted up at 1-1. Ream collided with NA goalie Madison Vukas on the play, which temporarily forced her from the game. Vukas, who made eight saves on the night, returned to the contest a short time later.

With time ticking down in the second half, North Allegheny avoided overtime as Schupansky got free down the right sideline and placed a perfect cross to Bundy on the doorstep for the game-winning goal with 1:45 left to play and a 2-1 Tigers victory. With one goal and one assist on the night, Schupansky was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.

The win improves North Allegheny’s record to 12-1-1 overall and 10-0 in Section 1-AAAA. Fox Chapel dips to 8-6-1 overall and 6-5 in the section. The Tigers continue section play on Wednesday night with a  visit to Butler at 7:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer Summary vs. Fox Chapel, 10-7-19

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Lady Tigers dominant in 3-0 win against Seneca Valley

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by Jonathan Spina

In a battle of the top two teams in Section 1-AAAA, it was the Lady Tigers coming out with a dominant 3-0 victory giving them a stranglehold on the section title.

North Allegheny got off to a great start by scoring ten minutes into the game. Senior Ava Ruppersberger was able to beat two defenders and put a left-footed shot in the top right corner that beat Seneca Valley keeper Morgan Sinan to give the Lady Tigers a 1-0 lead. With 3:12 left in the half, Sarah Schupansky had a break away when Sinan came all the way out of the net and clipped Schupansky. The refs gave Sinan a red card, forcing her exit for the remainder of the game and the Raiders were down to ten players. The red card also gave North Allegheny a free kick from 27 yards out that was buried by Emma Bundy to give the Lady Tigers a 2-0 lead. It was Bundy’s seventh goal of the season and North Allegheny led 2-0 at the half. Madison Vukas was huge in the first half, making seven saves and shutting down all offensive chances for the Raiders.

The second half was a defensive struggle but with 11 minutes to go in the game Schupansky got a great feed from Ellie Wrigley and was able to score her 13th goal of the season and put the game out of reach, giving the Tigers a 3-0 lead, which would be the final score. The defense only allowed one shot on goal in the second half.

Vukas was Wright Automotive Player of the Game making eight saves and picking up her fifth shutout of the season.

The win improves the Lady Tigers record to 11-1-1 and 9-0 in the section. Seneca Valley falls to 10-3-1 overall and 7-3 in Section 1-AAAA. North Allegheny will be back in action Monday at home against Fox Chapel. You can listen to that game right here on the North Allegheny Sports Network at 7:30 pm.

Girls Soccer Summary vs. Seneca Valley, 10-5-19

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