Cinderella run ends for Lady Tigers In PIAA Quarterfinals
by Jonathan Spina
The third time wasn’t a charm in the PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinals for North Allegheny on Saturday as the Lady Tigers lost 4-0 to Norwin, their third loss of the season to the Knights.
The first five minutes were dominated by Norwin but in the sixth minute North Allegheny got a huge scoring chance when Emma Bundy beat Norwin keeper Samantha Wexell with a move and put a shot on net but Norwin defender Natalie Durmis made a great effort play to get behind her keeper and keep the ball out of the net and the score was still 0-0.
Norwin had a scoring chance with 15:07 left in the half when All-American forward Emily Harrigan put a shot on goal but Lady Tigers keeper Olivia Ruppersburger was able to make the stop and keep the game tied.
The last chance of the first half came with two minutes remaining when Morgan Anderson received a feed from Alex Adams and put a left-footed shot on net from about 10 yards out but the attempt was denied by Wexell and the game remained 0-0 going into the half.
Norwin wasted no time getting on the board in the second half as Katherine Ericson crossed the ball into the box and the cross was deflected by a Lady Tiger and into the net and Norwin took the 1-0 lead.
After a couple of North Allegheny chances, Harrigan proved why she was an All-American scoring two goals in a five minute span and just like that Norwin jumped out to a 3-0 lead with 22 minutes left in the game. The game was all Norwin from that point on as Alyssa Victor added one more goal with 1:40 left in the game and the Knights finished off the Lady Tigers’ season, winning 4-0.
Norwin improves to 19-2 and advances to the PIAA Semifinals to play the winner of Spring-Ford and Conestoga Valley on Tuesday at a site and time to be determined. North Allegheny finishes its season with a 14-8-1 record. The seniors finish their careers with a 41-31-3, three WPIAL postseason appearances, a WPIAL semifinal appearance and a PIAA quarterfinal appearance.
Girls Soccer Summary vs. Norwin, 11-11-17
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