The U9 Hopewell Hurricanes started their travel season with a 3-0-1 showing at the 33rd Annual Branchburg Labor Day Tournament. The team defeated three academy leagues and tied in their last game against a team from Staten Island, NY, to end the weekend in first place.
On day-one, the Hurricanes dominated in both games, scoring a total of 9 goals. In his team debut, Jack Riewe scored five goals, with Trevor Baratta, Jaxson DeRossett, Dylan Kawalek, and Archie Seas each scoring additional goals. Jack Pachtinger and Jacob Berman were fearless in goal, and Michael Cappucci and Snayhin Sharma were impassible on defense, working together to keep their first opponent scoreless and their second opponent limited to only one goal.
Day two brought two new teams, but the Hurricanes continued to work together to keep their opponents on their toes. Seas led the day’s scoring with two goals, and newcomer Finnegan Curley scored off a corner kick from Riewe, who later added a goal of his own. Ethan Garber and Patrick Slajchert attacked on defense, and Kawalek spent much of the day in goal blocking shot after shot with smooth moves and aggressive dives. The weekend’s success was undoubtedly a show in teamwork.