The Big 56 Conference announced its all-section teams on Friday afternoon and nine Tigers earned all-section accolades, including six first-team members.
Senior forward Sarah Schupansky, sophomore forward Lucia Wells, junior midfielder Hallie Marsalis, sophomore midfielder Sophia Palermo, senior defenseman Tulasi Syamala and senior goalie Julianna Werner were all named first-team All-Section 1 in Class AAAA. It’s the third straight year that Schupansky was named all-section and second straight year she earned first-team laurels. For Wells and Syamala, it’s the second consecutive season they garnered all-section accolades after each receiving second-team honors in 2019.
North Allegheny’s second-team all-section honorees included junior defensemen Alexa Spano and Kena Shannon, and sophomore midfielder Anna Bundy.
All nine players made significant contributions toward North Allegheny’s back-to-back WPIAL title run and PIAA championship game appearance this fall. The Tigers finished the 2020 season with an overall record of 13-3.
North Allegheny senior Sarah Schupansky was honored on Sunday as the recipient of the 2020 Moe Rosensteel Player of the Year Award. The University of Pittsburgh commit was a finalist for the award as well last season. The award is given to the top girls’ soccer player in Western Pennsylvania.
Thank you so much! This is an amazing honor. This award means so much to so many, and I am beyond grateful to be a part of Moe’s legacy. @elliecoffield1 and @TessaDellarose are incredible players and friends, and it was an honor to be nominated with them.💜🧡 https://t.co/oVNRUidbCu
— Sarah Schupansky (@sarahschupansky) November 22, 2020
With 60 career goals, Schupansky led the Tigers to their two best seasons in program history. In 2019, Schupansky netted a team-best 23 goals and directed NA to its first WPIAL crown. As an encore, Schupansky scored 24 goals in just 16 games in 2020 and helped pave the way for a second straight WPIAL title and NA’s first ever appearance in the PIAA championship game in Hershey.
Below is the official announcement:
The 2020 Moe Rosensteel Player of the Year Award winner is Sarah Schupansky of North Allegheny Senior High School. Sarah Schupansky was a finalist in 2019 for the award. Sarah is coming off an incredible season leading her team to back to back WPIAL titles and a PIAA Finalist in Class 4A. Sarah has recently signed her National Letter of Intent to play at the collegiate level at the University of Pittsburgh.
This year, 2020, marks the second annual Moe Rosensteel Player of the Year Award to be awarded to a female high school soccer player in Western Pennsylvania.
Kaitlyn “Moe” Rosensteel was taken from us June 13, 2019. She was loved by her family and friends. Moe grew up playing the game she loved with her sister and her friends. The game of soccer built those long-lasting friendships and created many others. The game gave Moe the opportunity to play at the collegiate level, though she would never get a chance to take the field. The Kaitlyn “Moe” Rosensteel Scholarship Foundation provides this award in her memory.
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2020 Moe Rosensteel Player of the Year Award Finalist
Ed Rosensteel – President
Shelley Rosensteel – Vice President
Keith Genicola – Treasurer
On National Signing Day, senior Sarah Schupansky signed her letter of intent to continue her soccer career at the University of Pittsburgh.
The talented forward was an all-state selection last season and is a two-time WPIAL All-Star, among other accolades. Schupansky has paced the Tigers in scoring the last two seasons and has tallied 57 career goals. With the help of Schupansky, North Allegheny won back-to-back WPIAL championships in 2019 and 2020 and has its sights set on a first ever PIAA championship this season.
Earlier in the week, Schupansky was named a finalist for the annual Kaitlyn “Moe” Rosensteel Award, given to the top girls’ soccer player in Western Pennsylvania.
Schupanksy is undecided on her major at the University of Pittsburgh. She is pictured above with parents Robert and Susan Schupansky, sister Emma Schupansky, North Allegheny head coach Chuck Kelley and assistant coach Allesandro Moreira.
Been waiting 4 years for this day!! Thanks to all of my coaches and teammates over the years who have helped me get here. So excited to be a panther! 😁🐾💙 @Pitt_WSOC @NATigerAthletic @HoundsAcademy @theECNL #nsd20 pic.twitter.com/5HYTlaGNWg
— Sarah Schupansky (@sarahschupansky) November 11, 2020
North Allegheny senior Sarah Schupansky is one of three finalists for the 2020 Kaitlyn “Moe” Rosensteel Player of the Year Award. It’s the second consecutive year that Schupansky has been named a finalist for the award, given to the top girls’ soccer player in Western Pennsylvania.
Last year’s inaugural award was given to Mars’ Ellie Coffield, who is again a finalist in 2020 along with Brownsville’s Tessa Dellarose.
Schupansky, a University of Pittsburgh commit, is North Allegheny’s team leader in goals with 21 on the season, including a marker in the WPIAL championship game last week. She also assisted on the game-winning tally by sophomore Lucia Wells that propelled the Tigers to a second straight WPIAL title. Schupansky was recently named to the All-WPIAL team for a second consecutive year.
The winner of the second annual Moe Rosensteel Player of the Year Award will be unveiled on November 19, after the conclusion of the PIAA playoffs.
The All-WPIAL teams have been released and three North Allegheny Tigers made the list. Senior forward Sarah Schupansky, senior defenseman Tulasi Syamala and sophomore forward Lucia Wells have all been named to the All-WPIAL team.
For Schupansky, this is the second straight season she’s received All-WPIAL honors. The University of Pittsburgh commit was the team leader in scoring last season with 23 goals and leads the squad again in 2020 with 18 goals in just 11 games.
Wells, who was a second-team all-section pick last year, is currently second on the team with 15 markers on the campaign.
A defensive stalwart, Syamala is part of a defense that has posted back-to-back shutouts in the postseason. NA has blanked Bethel Park and Norwin in the last two playoff contests by the same score, 3-0.
The North Allegheny girls’ soccer team, the reigning WPIAL champions in Class AAAA, will take on Peters Township tonight in the WPIAL semifinals.
The WPIAL soccer playoff brackets were released on Wednesday. The North Allegheny girls’ soccer team received the No. 5 seed and will host the 12th-seeded Bethel Park Black Hawks on Monday, Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the WPIAL first round. The North Allegheny boys’ soccer team received the No. 6 seed and will host 11th-seeded Allderdice on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 8:00 p.m. For a look at the brackets, click here.
The North Allegheny Sports Network will have audio broadcast coverage of every playoff game.