NA Tops Norwin, 6-0
The North Allegheny field hockey team earned a second consecutive section win on Thursday evening with a 6-0 shutout of the Norwin Knights at Newman Stadium. It was NA’s ninth consecutive win against Norwin in the head-to-head series and the Tigers’ 25th in the last 26 meetings with the Knights.
The Tigers held an 10-2 advantage on penalty corners and capitalized on an early corner with 8:59 remaining in the first quarter on a goal by freshman Addison Burns for a 1-0 lead. With 2:46 to play in the opening stanza, junior Mia Brinkley sent a hard shot on net from the top of the circle that was initially saved by Norwin keeper Rae Mamas, but senior Isla Abrams punched in the rebound for a 2-0 lead.
Late in the second quarter, North Allegheny utilized a full-field attack with crisp passing that led to another goal by Abrams with 1:14 left in the half and a 3-0 lead. The two goals for Abrams gives her a team-leading 11 on the season.
After a scoreless third period, the Tigers opened up a 4-0 lead just 57 seconds into the fourth period thanks to a second goal by Burns, giving her eight markers on the year.
With 11:30 left in regulation, Brinkley was awarded a penalty stroke and cashed in for a goal with a hard wrist shot, growing the NA lead to 5-0. Brinkley put the finishing touches on the win with another high velocity shot and goal with 9:34 to play as the Tigers closed out a 6-0 victory. With a two-goal night and strong performance in the midfield, Brinkley was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game. Brinkley now has six goals on the campaign.
Junior goalie Kayla Joyce stopped all five shots she faced for her second consecutive shutout.
With the win, North Allegheny improves to 5-4-1 overall and 3-1-1 in Section 1-AAA. Norwin slips to 1-6 overall and 1-4 in the section. The Tigers will visit reigning WPIAL champion Pine-Richland on Monday night at 7:30 p.m.
Field Hockey Summary vs. Norwin, 9-21-23
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