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2020-2021 Game Summaries

NA Blanks Mt. Lebanon, 1-0

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The North Allegheny field hockey team earned an important win in Section 1-AAA action with a 1-0 shutout of the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils on Saturday evening at Newman Stadium.

The field was tilted in North Allegheny’s direction for most of the contest and the Tigers constant pressure eventually paid off for the game’s only goal late in the second quarter. On NA’s sixth penalty corner of the half, senior forward Ashley Loftis cashed in for a goal with just three seconds remaining before halftime for a 1-0. For her efforts, Loftis was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.

The Loftis goal was more than enough with the strong play of the NA defense and midfield. The Tigers led in penalty corners, 11-1, and outshot the Blue Devils, 8-0. The determined midfield play of Ella Strzempek, Maria Duchi and Mila Prusak held Mt. Lebanon in check throughout the contest. On the few occasions when the Blue Devils threatened the circle, defensemen Supritha Challa, Sophia Caruso and Raina Dodson quickly squashed the uprising.

With the win, North Allegheny improves to 2-2 overall and 2-1 in Section 1-AAA. Mt. Lebanon falls to 1-2 overall and in the section. The Tigers return to action on Wednesday at Norwin at 7:00 p.m.

Field Hockey Summary vs. Mt. Lebanon, 9-19-20

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NA Falls To Penn-Trafford, 2-0

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The North Allegheny field hockey team played in a tough non-section contest against Penn-Trafford on Thursday night and fell, 2-0, at North Allegheny Intermediate High School. For the Warriors, the outcome snapped a 14-game losing streak to the Tigers and was their first win against NA since 2011.

In the first half, Penn-Trafford dictated the pace of play and maintained possession with an aggressive approach. Taking of advantage of their time in NA territory, the Warriors cashed for the game’s first goal on a marker by Julia Moorhead with 7:37 to go in the first quarter.

Despite the constant pressure in the first 30 minutes, Penn-Trafford couldn’t add on to their lead thanks to the play of the NA defense and goalkeeper Jordan Ashbaugh. Ashbaugh made four saves, along with defensive stops from Sophia Caruso and Supritha Challa.

In the second half, North Allegheny changed the on-field momentum and applied pressure on Penn-Trafford. The Tigers two best scoring chances came in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter. Senior forward Ashley Loftis nearly scored the equalizer 2:30 into the period but missed wide right on a shot within the circle. Moments later, senior Marisa Hess narrowly missed to the right on a scoring chance. For her efforts in a hard-fought contest, Hess was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.

Clinging to a one-goal lead, Penn-Trafford took control of the game with 8:18 to play when senior Allyson Doran sprung loose from the midfield and sent a hard pass toward the net that senior Hannah Ondulich deflected in for a 2-0 Warriors advantage, and ultimately, a two-goal victory.

North Allegheny falls to 1-2 overall on the season following the non-section loss. Penn-Trafford remains unbeaten with a 3-0 record. The Tigers return to section play on Saturday with a 5:00 p.m. date with the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils.

Tigers Roar Back In Second Half For 6-2 Win At Hempfield

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North Allegheny scored five unanswered goals in the second half to defeat Hempfield, 6-2, in a road section contest.

Following a tightly contested first half, Hempfield took a 2-1 lead early in the third quarter on a tip-in goal by Julianna Peronish with 11:18 on the clock.

The Tigers roared back in the remaining minutes with a five-goal outburst to earn the victory. Senior Marisa Hess tied the game at 2-2 with 6:08 remaining in the third and gave NA the lead just moments later, 3-2, with her third goal of the night.

The score remained 3-2, Tigers, until a final charge by NA in the final four minutes of the game. Markers down the stretch by Sofia Mianzo, Ryan Blum and Maria Duchi helped put Hempfield away for a 6-2 victory.

With the win, North Allegheny improves to 1-1 overall and in Class AAA. The Tigers will take on Penn-Trafford in a non-section contest at North Allegheny Intermediate High School.

NA Edged By Peters Township To Start Season, 3-2

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In a battle between two perennial playoff contenders in Class AAA, the North Allegheny field hockey team dropped a narrow 3-2 decision to the Peters Township Indians on Monday night at Newman Stadium.

Coming off a strong passing performance in their scrimmage against Upper St. Clair, the Tigers passing game was once again on point to help set up their first goal of the season. North Allegheny capitalized on an early penalty corner to take a 1-0 lead with 1:41 remaining in the first quarter. Sophomore Sofia Mianzo set up the goal with a hard shot from the top of the circle that trickled off the leg of a PT defender in front of the net. Sophomore Lauren Kampi drove home a shot from point-blank range to give NA the early lead.

Despite the NA goal, Peters Township controlled the pace for the remainder of the half and knotted the score at 1-1 with 3:05 remaining in the second quarter on a goal by freshman forward Sofia Forlini.

The Indians struck again just three minutes into the third quarter when Ava Pugliano steered a shot into the NA net to give PT a 2-1 advantage.

In the fourth period, Peters Township increased its lead to 3-1 with 5:22 left in regulation thanks to Forlini’s second goal of the night, a redirect of a Carly King line drive into the circle.

Undaunted, North Allegheny chipped away at the deficit and scored on another penalty corner with 1:41 to play. Off the corner, senior Maria Duchi put a shot on net that was saved by PT goalie Sarah Rubican, but Kampi jumped on the rebound for her second goal to trim the score to 3-2, Indians. For her efforts, Kampi was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game by the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Riding momentum, the Tigers continued to pressure in the waning seconds and forced back-to-back penalty corners as time expired. With zeroes on the clock, Rubican and the Peters Township defense fended off NA’s last-ditch effort to hang on for a 3-2 victory.

Following the season opening loss, North Allegheny looks to rebound on Tuesday night with a visit to Hempfield in another section contest.