2020-2021 Game Summaries
After beating Norwin in the 2019 WPIAL Championship, clinching the Lady Tiger’s first ever WPIAL title. The result was the same in the 2020 regular season with North Allegheny defeating Norwin 2-1 in overtime, Saturday afternoon at Newman Stadium.
North Allegheny started hot offensively, with Lucia Wells getting a break away early on but wasn’t able to beat Norwin keeper Liz Waszkiewicz and the score remained 0-0. Everything went the Tigers way until 23:51 remained in the first half when a bouncing ball in the box found Lacey Bernick’s foot and she was able to finish to give Norwin the 1-0 lead. Both defenses stood strong and we went into the half with Norwin up 1-0.
Norwin had the momentum to start the second half but fouls haunted the Lady Knights as they gave up multiple free kicks, the most dangerous one from 45 yards out where Sarah Schupansky put it into the box, after a couple misplays from Norwin defenders Abby Stager picked up her first career goal and tied the game 1-1 with 32:11 remaining in regulation. The momentum began to shift in the Lady Tigers’ favor but they were continuously turned away by Waszkiewicz and we were heading to overtime tied 1-1.
In the first five minutes of overtime Schupansky got a shot on net that was saved but a juicy rebound landed on the foot of Wells who was also denied by Waszkiewicz and we continued to play in the overtime period. Finally, with four minutes remaining in the first overtime, after a frustrating day of great saves and offsides calls, Wells finally got behind the defense onside, and buried the breakaway goal to give the Lady Tigers a 2-1. For her efforts, Wells was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game with the game-winning goal and multiple scoring chances.
North Allegheny improves to 2-0 overall. Norwin falls to 1-2. Next up for the Lady Tigers will be a matchup with Pine-Richland Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Newman Stadium. This game will be broadcasted live on the North Allegheny Sports Network.
Girls Soccer Summary vs. Norwin, 9-19-20
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by Jared Barton
It did not take long for the North Allegheny girls’ soccer team to shake off the rust after a long offseason. The Tigers took down Shaler 5-0 at Newman Stadium in the season opener Thursday night.
Two players who were contributing members of last year’s WPIAL Championship squad took control early in the first half. The scoring all started with sophomore midfielder Sarah Schupansky, who dribbled the ball into the offensive zone with a one-on-one chance and blasted the marker past Titans netminder Jocelyn Schwartz with 32:55 left in the first. It didn’t take long for the next score, as sophomore forward Lucia Wells netted the team’s second goal with 32:02 left in the half for a 2-0 lead. A few minutes later, the Tiger attack continued, as Wells struck again with an assist from sophomore Anna Bundy at 28:58 to bring the score to 3-0, NA. Schupansky added her second of the game off an Ellie Wrigley assist with 17:19 to go in the first for a 4-0 lead. Bundy had a chance of her own in the waning seconds, but her shot went wide.
Bundy would get a second chance to hit the net in the second half, as she scored her first of the year with 24:04 left in the game for a 5-0 NA advantage. Schupansky ensured the goal with an assist. Meanwhile, it was a quiet night for senior goalkeeper Julianna Werner, who earned the shutout.
Schupansky was named the Wright Automotive Player of the game for her three-point performance Thursday.
Shaler falls to 0-2 on the season, and will be back in action Monday night at 7:30 p.m. against Seneca Valley. North Allegheny improves to 1-0 overall and in conference play. The Tigers will be back on the pitch Saturday at Newman Stadium in a rematch of last year’s WPIAL championship game against the Norwin Knights at 3:00 p.m.