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Field Hockey: North Allegheny unbeaten, unscored upon against WPIAL foes

Written by Joe Koch, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Following Wednesday’s 11-0 Section 1-AAA victory at Hempfield, the North Allegheny High field hockey team is 4-0. That’s not unrealistic. No, what’s impressive is that the Tigers have yet to yield a goal while outscoring their WPIAL opponents 29-0.

North Allegheny followed up Monday’s 5-0 victory over visiting Penn-Trafford with a dominating victory over Hempfield that one night earlier had lost a 9-0 decision at Pine-Richland. The victories epitomized the Tigers’ offensive and defensive prowess. In the victory over Penn-Trafford, four different players accounted for the team’s scoring.

Senior forward Alyssa Leonard led the way with two goals. Senior midfielder Nicole Burns, senior midfielder and captain Hannah Downing and and sophomore forwardErin Coran added one tally apiece.

Defensively, the Tigers kept the Warriors bottled up in their end of the field for most of the game. Senior Isley Smith and sophomore Katie Shideler each played a half in goal, and Penn-Trafford was held to just one shot on goal while the Tigers had 22 shots on goal.

The same thing happened at Hempfield as 10 players accounted for the team’s goals.Jessica Brandon was the only player to score two goals. Maddy Snyder, Alyssa Leonard, Kailey Vogl, Nicole Burns, Kendra Downey, Brooke Cameron, Megan Guzzard, Catie Kelly and Jessie Serody had one goal apiece.

The Tigers’ defense finally yielded its first goals of the season, but it came against teams that are not from the WPIAL. In a three-team tournament hosted by Hershey High, the Tigers lost to the host school, 2-1, but came back to defeat Central York, 3-1.

Jessica Brandon scored the lone goal for the Tigers in the loss to Hershey. She also scored all three of the Tigers’ goals in the victory over Central York.

The Tigers visit Class AAA, Section 1 rival Latrobe on Tuesday.

Pine-Richland blanks Hempfield: Freshman forward Sarah Metzmaier and senior midfielder Sage Dowiak scored three goals each as Pine-Richland rolled to a 9-0 victory over Hempfield in the Rams’ Section 1-AAA opener on Tuesday night. Senior forward Allison Grant added two goals for the Rams, who are 4-0 overall. ReserveJulia Tenaglia had the final tally. The Rams visited Norwin on Friday and defeated the Knights, 6-0. They host Penn-Trafford on Tuesday.

Fox Chapel bounces back from opening-game loss: Following a 5-0 loss to North Allegheny in its opener, the Fox Chapel High field hockey team has reeled off five successive victories. The Foxes defeated neighborhood rival Shady Side Academy 4-0 and Class AA, Section 2 rivals Upper St. Clair, 7-0, and Peters Township, 6-1. On Saturday, the Foxes defeated a pair of teams from south-central Pennsylvania, Forbes Road, 5-0, and Huntingdon, 9-0. Fox Chapel meets Section 2 rival Woodland Hills on Tuesday.

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