Tigers Edged by Indians
The North Allegheny field hockey team hosted Peters Township for a Section 1-AAA contest and dropped a narrow 2-0 decision at Newman Stadium.
Following a scoreless first half, Peters Township scored the game’s first goal on a penalty corner with 12:22 remaining in the third quarter. Junior Anna Kokoszynski applied the initial shot on the penalty corner, which was a rocket that was saved by NA junior goalie Kayla Joyce. On the rebound, senior Ava Zimmer drove a reverse chip on net that was again saved by Joyce on a diving effort. However, the third shot was the charm for Peters Township as senior Megan Wente poked in the rebound for a 1-0 lead.
With one minute remaining in the third quarter, North Allegheny nearly found the equalizer when senior Isla Abrams sent a shot on net that was saved by Peters Township goalie Grace Urban. Junior Mia Brinkley pounced on the rebound and steered a shot toward Urban that was deflected by Abrams just wide to the right of the Peters Township cage, keeping the score 1-0 heading into the fourth period. A spark plug for the Tigers throughout the night, Abrams was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.
In the final stanza, junior Bella Elm missed wide right on a penalty stroke with 6:57 remaining in regulation. Unfazed, the Indians continued to buzz around the Tigers net and scored just 10 seconds later on a marker by sophomore Mikayla Ferris to give Peters Township and insurmountable 2-0 lead.
Joyce made seven saves in net for the Tigers, while Urban totaled three saves. The Indians held a slim edge in penalty corners, 4-3.
North Allegheny dips to 5-6-1 overall and 3-3-2 following the loss. Peters Township improves to 7-3-2 overall and 4-1-2 in section play. The Tigers will return to action on Wednesday for a non-section visit to Penn-Trafford.
Field Hockey Summary vs. Peters Township, 10-3-23
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