Below is a highlight video of the WPIAL champion 2022 North Allegheny girls’ soccer team. This video debuted at the Girls Soccer Banquet on Wednesday, November 30 and was shot, edited and created by Lori Heim.
North Allegheny senior forward Lucia Wells received All-State recognition by the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association for the 2022 season. Additionally, Wells was named to the All-America Team by The United Soccer Coaches. It’s the second consecutive year that Wells has received both honors.
Wells is coming off a career-year in her senior campaign with a team-high 30 goals. The University of Pittsburgh commit finishes her career at North Allegheny as the program’s all-time leading scorer with 80 goals in her four years with the Tigers. The 80 goals surpassed the former record of 62 markers set by Jill Matesic, who graduated from North Allegheny in 1991 and was inducted into the NA Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001. Matesic played collegiately at the University of Notre Dame.
In addition to being named All-State, Wells has received First Team All-WPIAL and First Team All-Section laurels in 2022. She is a three-time First Team All-WPIAL honoree.
For a look at the entire list of All-State players for 2022, click here.
The Big 56 Conference announced its Class 4A All-Section Teams on Monday and eight members of the North Allegheny girls’ soccer team were named All Section, including five First Team honorees.
Earning First Team laurels were senior forward Lucia Wells, senior midfielder Sophia Palermo, junior midfielder Abigail Stager, senior Anna Bundy as an at-large selection and junior Libby Earley as an at-large selection.
Second Team accolades went to sophomore defender Madison Miller and junior midfielder Natalie Figura. Big 56 honorable mention went to junior forward Samantha Braden.
To view the entire All-Section list in Class 4A, click here.
All eight players were significant contributors to North Allegheny’s run to a WPIAL championship and PIAA quarterfinals. The Tigers finished the year with an exceptional 21-2 record.
Four members of the WPIAL Class 4A champion North Allegheny girls’ soccer team signed their letters of intent on National Signing Day. Seniors Anna Bundy (Duquesne University), Riley Cerqua (Saint Francis University), Sophia Palermo (Slippery Rock University) and Lucia Wells (University of Pittsburgh) all inked their letters to play at the next level on Wednesday.
Bundy was recently named All-WPIAL by the Western Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association and has tallied eight goals on the season, giving her 23 for her career. Bundy is a two-time Second Team All-Section honoree from the Big 56 Conference. She will join older sister, Emma, on the pitch at Duquesne University.
Cerqua is reliable midfielder with a strong leg, also handling corner kicks and throw-ins. She has two goals on the season for NA and joins a Saint Francis University (PA) women’s soccer program that competes in the Northeast Conference.
Like Cerqua, Palermo is another reliable midfielder with four goals on the campaign and 13 on her career. She was recently honored as an All-WPIAL selection for a second consecutive year. Palermo is a two-time First Team All-Section recipient from the Big 56 Conference for her sophomore and junior seasons.
Wells, North Allegheny’s all-time leader in goals scored with 80 in her career, has topped the team charts with 30 goals in 2022. She was named All-WPIAL for a third consecutive season last week. Following her junior year, Wells was named All-State by the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association and was selected to the United States Coaches Association All-America Team (Region II-East). At the University of Pittsburgh, Wells will be reunited with former Tiger Sarah Shupansky, who is currently in her sophomore season with the Panthers.
All four players received All-Section honors today from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The official all-section teams for the 2022 season from the Big 56 Conference have not yet been released.
Bundy, Cerqua, Palermo and Wells have been instrumental in North Allegheny’s success in recent years, including winning a third WPIAL Class 4A championship in four years thanks to a thrilling 2-1 win over Peters Township in an overtime PK shootout. (Please note, goals scored by Cerqua, Palermo and Wells in the PK shootout do NOT count toward the individual players’ season goal total).
The NA senior quartet and the entire North Allegheny girls’ soccer team will now vie for a state title and continue their quest for PIAA gold on Saturday with a quarterfinal matchup with Central Dauphin at 1:00 p.m.
Four members of the North Allegheny girls’ soccer team were named All-WPIAL on Wednesday by the Western Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association. Senior midfielders Anna Bundy and Sophia Palermo, senior forward Lucia Wells and junior forward Abigail Stager all received All-WPIAL laurels from the WPSCA.
Bundy, a Duquesne University commit, has scored eight goals this season and Palermo, a Slippery Rock University commit, has netted three goals on the campaign. Palermo is often designated for free kicks and corner kicks because of her powerful right leg. It’s the second consecutive year Palermo has received All-WPIAL honors.
Wells, a University of Pittsburgh commit, finds herself on the All-WPIAL list for a third straight year and is the team leader in goals with 27 on the season. Wells is also North Allegheny’s all-time leader in goals scored with 77 for her career.
Stager, a University of Kentucky recruit, is second on the team in scoring with 16 goals. She has netted 31 markers in her high school career. For a look at the entire list of All-WPIAL players courtesy of Trib HSSN, click here.
All four players have been instrumental in North Allegheny’s outstanding 19-1 season. The Tigers will take on Peters Township on Thursday night in the WPIAL Class 4A championship at 8:00 p.m. from Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh.
The WPIAL released its soccer playoff pairings on Wednesday afternoon and the North Allegheny girls’ soccer team received the No. 1 seed in the Class 4A bracket. The top-seeded Tigers finished the regular season with a 17-1 overall record and won the Section 1-AAAA title with a 13-1 mark.
North Allegheny’s first playoff opponent in the quarterfinal round is the eighth-seeded Bethel Park Black Hawks. Bethel Park finished fourth in Section 2-AAAA with an 8-4-2 record.
NA will host Bethel Park in the WPIAL quarterfinals on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m. It’s the first post-season meeting between the two teams since the Tigers defeated the Black Hawks, 3-0, in the WPIAL first round in 2020.
North Allegheny junior forward Abigail Stager will continue her academic and athletic career at the University of Kentucky. Stager announced her verbal commitment via Twitter on Thursday night.
I am very excited and grateful to announce my verbal commitment to play soccer at the University of Kentucky. A special thanks to @BeadlingSoccer , Dave Flavius, and Marc Miriello for all their tremendous help throughout the process. #gocats #bbn @UKWomensSoccer pic.twitter.com/T43HvQFxQB
— abigail stager (@abigailstager5) August 11, 2022
As a sophomore, Stager earned second-team all-section honors from the Big 56 Conference and finished second on the team with 12 goals on the 2021 season. Her offensive efforts helped North Allegheny to a 16-1-1 overall record and an undefeated Section 1-4A title with a 9-0-1 mark.
Stager and her NA teammates will open the 2022 campaign on Friday, August 26 with a road game against Altoona.