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Abigail Stager Ranked Among Top 20 Players In Nation By SB Live Sports

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North Allegheny senior Abigail Stager was ranked as one of the 20th best girls’ soccer players in the nation according to SB Live Sports. For a look at the Top 20 list, click here.

Stager will go down as one of the most prolific scorers in program history and capped a brilliant high school career with a team-high 32 goals in 2023, giving her 63 goals in her four-year career with the Tigers. Among a bevy of accolades for the University of Kentucky commit, she was named to the United States Coaches Association’s All-Region and All-America Teams. Additionally, Stager was tabbed All-State by the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association and All-WPIAL for a second consecutive year.

Stager played a pivotal role in North Allegheny’s 22-2 season and trip to the PIAA semifinals this season. During Stager’s four-year tenure on the team, the Tigers earned two WPIAL titles in 2020 and 2022, and were WPIAL runners-up and PIAA semifinalists this past fall.

Abigail Stager Earns All-Region, All-America Honors

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More postseason accolades for North Allegheny senior forward Abigail Stager. On Saturday, the University of Kentucky commit was named to the Unites Soccer Coaches All-Region and All-America teams. This comes just days after being named All-State by the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association.

For a look at the All-Region and All-America selections from the state of Pennsylvania, click here.

(Use the drop-down tab to change the list to the Girls’ All-Region and All-America the teams).

Abigail Stager Earns All-State Honors

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North Allegheny senior Abigail Stager was named All-State this week by the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association. Its the fourth consecutive season a member of the North Allegheny girls’ soccer team earned all-state laurels. For a complete list of the 2023 PSCA All-State team, click here. (Use the drop-down tab to change the list to the Girls’ All-State Team).

Stager was one of the most prolific scorers in program history with 63 career goals and netted 32 goals this season. Stager is a two-time All-WPIAL selection and was a finalist for the Moe Rosensteel Player of the Year Award, among a bevy of athletic accolades.

The University of Kentucky commit played a pivotal role in North Allegheny’s 22-2 season and trip to the PIAA semifinals this season. During Stagers four-year tenure on the team, the Tigers earned two WPIAL titles in 2020 and 2022, and were WPIAL runners-up this past fall.

Six NA Soccer Players Ink Letters Of Intent On National Signing Day

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Six members of the North Allegheny girls’ soccer team made their college choices official on National Signing Day. Seniors Sam Braden (Slippery Rock), Libby Earley (Slippery Rock), Abby Lang (Ohio University), Ally Ruiz (High Point University), Abigail Stager (University of Kentucky) and Gracie Strzempek (Kutztown University) all signed their letters of intent on Wednesday.

Braden and Earley will reunite with former Tigers, Briona Rice, Sophia Palermo and Allie Burns, who currently play for The Rock. Braden ranks fifth on the team in scoring with seven goals this season and has 25 goals for her career. Braden earned Big 56 honorable mention recognition this fall, is a four-year Scholar Athlete, a four-year varsity letterman, a member of the National Honor Society and a counselor for the Just 4 Girts Camp and GOLD (Girls Only Leadership Development). Braden will study Elementary Education / Special Education at Slippery Rock.

Earley earned All-WPIAL laurels this season and is a two-time first-team all-section pick by the Big 56 Conference, and was also selected second-team all-section as a sophomore. Earley is a four-year varsity letterman and will major in Elementary Education at Slippery Rock.

Lang is a valuable member of North Allegheny’s defensive back line and has four goals this season. Lang is a four-year Scholar Athlete, a three-year varsity letterman and a member of the National Honor Society. She will major in Engineering at Ohio University.

Ruiz is second on the team in scoring with 12 goals this year and was named second-team all-section this season by the Big 56 Conference. Ruiz is both an NA Scholar Athlete and National Scholar Athlete. She volunteers her time with the North Allegheny Just 4 Girls Camp and Tigerthon. Ruiz is a four-year letterman and selected as a Player to Watch for the Moe Rosensteel Player of the Year Award. A multi-sport athlete, Ruiz is also a member of the NA Girls Flag Football team, which finished as runners-up last season. She is undecided on her major at High Point University.

Stager has been one of the most prolific scorers in program history with 63 career goals and has netted 32 goals this season. Stager is a two-time All-WPIAL selection and is a finalist for the Moe Rosensteel Player of the Year Award, among a bevy of athletic accolades. She will major in Sports Management at the University of Kentucky.

Strzempek is a Scholar Athlete at North Allegheny and has four goals this season. She will major in Elementary Education K-4 with Special Education Certification.

All six players have played pivotal roles in North Allegheny’s success over the past four seasons, including a pair of WPIAL championships and a PIAA championship game appearance in that span.

Nine Tigers Named To Big 56 All-Section Team

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The Big 56 Conference announced its Class 4A All-Section Teams on Thursday and nine members of the North Allegheny girls’ soccer team were named All Section, including three First-Team honorees.

Earning first-team laurels were senior forward Abigail Stager, senior defenseman Libby Earley and junior defenseman Maddie Miller.

Second-team accolades went to senior forward Jadyn Coy, freshman forward Kieran Shannon, senior midfielder Ally Ruiz, sophomore midfielder Emma Schupansky, junior midfielder Eliana Vitale and senior goalie Natalie Rak.

To view the entire All-Section list from the Big 56 conference, click here.

North Allegheny returns to action tonight in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Fox Chapel at 8:00 p.m. from Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh.

WPIAL Soccer Pairings Released

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The WPIAL released its playoff soccer pairings on Wednesday afternoon and both North Allegheny soccer teams will have quarterfinal round home games.

The NA Girls (16-0) received the No. 1 seed in Class 4A and will host the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils (10-5-2) on Thursday at Newman Stadium. The NA Boys (14-1-3) earned the No. 2 seed in Class 4A and will host Canon-McMillan (10-6-1) on Saturday. Start times for both games have yet to be announced.

For a look at the WPIAL Class 4A girls’ soccer bracket, click here.

For a look at the WPIAL Class 4A boys’ soccer bracket, click here. 

As always, the North Allegheny Sports Network will have free audio coverage of every postseason soccer game.

Ally Ruiz Commits To D-I High Point University

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North Allegheny incoming senior for the 2023 season, Ally Ruiz, will continue her athletic and academic career at Division I High Point University in North Carolina. Ruiz announced her commitment on Tuesday.

The speedy and talented midfielder has been a significant contributor to North Allegheny’s run to WPIAL Class 4A titles in 2020 and 2022. As a junior, Ruiz netted five goals last season, giving her 11 markers in her three-year career.

At High Point University, Ruiz will join a women’s soccer program that competes in the Big South Conference and has won seven conference titles. Most recently, High Point captured the Big South crown in 2021.

Ruiz is a multi-sport athlete at North Allegheny and also competes on the Tigers girls’ flag football team.