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NA Falls to Pine-Richland in Overtime, 2-1

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by Bob Orkwis

Two of the top programs in the WPIAL and the top teams in 3A Section 1 met at Newman Stadium and the game did not disappoint, as Pine-Richland took advantage of a penalty stroke opportunity in overtime to defeat North Allegheny 2-1.

Both teams were riding hot streaks into the contest, as the Tigers were (8-0-1) in their last nine games, while the Rams had a nine-game winning streak.

North Allegheny started strong, getting the first two penalty corners of the game and a couple of shots, but they could not beat Sara Neuhart.

The next ten penalty corners would favor Pine-Richland as would the game’s first goal.

Sophomore Georgia Rottinghaus fired a strong chip from 14-yards out that found it’s way underneath the crossbar to give the Rams a 1-0 lead with :55 left in the first quarter.

It would stay that way despite constant pressure from Pine-Richland to start the second half. The Rams forced five penalty corners and had four shots on goal early in the third quarter, but the Tigers defense and goalie Jordan Ashbaugh withstood the barrage.

That allowed the Tigers a chance to tie the game, and they did so with 10:31 left in the third quarter. Isla Abrams broke down the right side and threw a shot towards the goal that caromed of a Rams defender’s stick and into the net to tie the score at 1-1.

North Allegheny applied great pressure late, getting 4 penalty corners and two shots, but the game remained tied as it headed to overtime.

Pine-Richland took the center pass to start the 7 v. 7 overtime and immediately attacked the North Allegheny goal. The Tigers were whistled for a penalty in the shooting circle which resulted in a penalty stroke for Jessica Albertson. The junior made no mistake, whistling a hard flick high inside the near post just 1:21 into overtime giving the Rams the 2-1 win.

The game marked the halfway point of section play. North Allegheny (8-2-1, 5-1) now trails Pine-Richland (10-1, 6-0) by one game.

Junior Isla Abrams, who scored her 15th goal of the season and created several opportunities with her speed was awarded the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.

North Allegheny starts the second half in 3A Section 1 by hosting Mt. Lebanon Friday night at Newman Stadium.

Field Hockey Summary vs. Pine-Richland, 9-27-22

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NA Earns 3rd Straight Shutout With 5-0 Win At Norwin

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The North Allegheny field hockey team earned its third consecutive shutout with a 5-0 whitewash of the Norwin Knights on Thursday night. The Tigers have blanked five of their last six opponents and extended their unbeaten streak to nine games in a row.

Coming off a hat trick on Tuesday night, sophomore Mia Brinkley opened the scoring with 1:49 in the first quarter to grab an early 1-0 lead. The Tigers tacked on two more goals in the second quarter courtesy of senior Lauren Kampi and junior Isla Abrams to stretch the lead to 3-0 by halftime.

In the second half, senior Mila Prusak tallied a goal a third period goal, assisted by Kampi, for a 4-0 lead. With 5:45 remaining in the fourth quarter, Prusak returned the favor by assisting on Kampi’s second goal of the night to close out a 5-0 victory.

North Allegheny outshot Norwin, 21-1, and led in penalty corners, 17-3. Goalies Jordan Ashbaugh and Kayla Joyce were virtually untested by the Knights but combined for the shutout, NA’s sixth of the year.

With the win, North Allegheny leaps to 8-1-1 overall and 5-0 in Section 1-AAA action. The Tigers will host Pine-Richland on Tuesday night in a showdown for first place in the section. The game will be broadcast live by the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Field Hockey Summary vs. Norwin, 9-22-22

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NA Extends Unbeaten Streak To 8 Straight With 11-0 Win Over Allderdice

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The North Allegheny field hockey team extended its unbeaten streak to eight consecutive games with an 11-0 win over Allderdice at Newman Stadium on Tuesday night.

Six different Tigers scored goals in the win, including senior Sofia Mianzo who opened the scoring in the first quarter. From there, the rout was on and the Tigers cruised to the victory. Junior Isla Abrams and sophomore Mia Brinkley paced the offense with a hat trick each. Junior Sophie Grafton netted a pair of markers, while sophomore Bailey Yatko and senior Mila Prusak all netted one goal apiece.

With the win, North Allegheny improves to 7-1-1 overall and 4-0 in Section 1-AAA. The Tigers hope to continue their winning ways with a visit to Norwin for another section matchup on Thursday.

Field Hockey Summary vs. Allderdice, 9-20-22

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Schomburg Scores Twice In 3-0 Win Over Mercy

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Continuing their trip through the Great Lakes State, the North Allegheny Tigers blanked Mercy, 3-0, on Saturday at Novi High School.

The Tigers earned 12 penalty corners on the day and scored on a corner as time expired to end the first quarter when sophomore Josie Schomburg netted a goal for a 1-0 lead. NA increased the lead to 2-0 with 2:40 left in the second period on a goal by junior Isla Abrams.

The Tigers put the finishing touches on the win with one more goal by Schomburg with 2:44 remaining in the fourth period to close out a 3-0 victory. NA dominated the action and outshot Mercy, 22-1.

With the win, North Allegheny improves to 6-1-1 on the season. The Tigers return home for a section game on Tuesday night against Allderdice. Start time is set for 7:30 p.m.

Field Hockey Summary vs. Mercy (MI), 9-17-22

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NA Plays To 2-2 Draw With Novi

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The North Allegheny field hockey team traveled to Michigan on Friday for a non-section game with Novi High School and played to a 2-2 tie.

The Tigers and Wildcats clawed back and forth throughout the afternoon and it was NA who struck first on a goal by senior Mila Prusak with 6:02 left in the first quarter. Novi tied the score with a second quarter marker but North Allegheny regained the lead with 1:00 to go in the third quarter on a reverse chip by senior Lauren Kampi for a 2-1 advantage. Novi once again managed to tie the score with a goal with just three minutes left in the fourth quarter and the game ended in a 2-2 draw. No overtime period was played since it was a non-section contest.

The score and stats were indicative of an evenly played game. The Tigers held a 9-8 edge in penalty corners and Novi led in shots on goal, 10-5. Senior goalie Jordan Ashbaugh got the start for NA and made eight saves.

North Allegheny sits at 5-5-1 following the tie. The Tigers will remain in the Great Lakes State for a neutral site game against Mercy High School on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in Novi, Michigan.

Field Hockey Summary vs. Novi (MI), 9-16-22

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