Earlier this month, the Hopewell Valley Avalanche (HVSA Avalanche U15) took home first place in their division of the Hamilton SC Columbus Day Tournament, winning three of their games and taking one draw.
The Avalanche opened up the tournament with a decisive 6-2 victory over the Hamilton Raiders. Striker Nick Tagliareni came away with 4 of the goals, and Alex Tagliareni and Scotty Hunt each had one. Avalanche’s strong midfield of Will Hanks, Armaan Singh and Ben Thompson kept the pressure on, while defenders Alex Javick, Cameron Confer and Christopher Sawicki continued to hold the line.
Their second game against the equally matched RVSC Redbulls ended in a 1-1 tie, with the only goal coming from Alex Tagliareni. Good ball movement was demonstrated by midfielders Jared Greenzang, Andrew Neal and Kyle Doherty, while offensive players Will Hanks and Scotty Hunt continued to be scoring threats.
After getting out to a slow start and giving up a goal in their first game of the second day, against Voorhees SA Surge, the Avalanche responded with two goals, one each from Alex and Nick Tagliareni. The Avalanche came out with a 2-1 win.
The final victory for Avalanche was a rematch against Hamilton. Avalanche took an early lead with a goal by Alex Tagliareni. They then rallied in the second half with two straight goals from Christopher Sawicki and Nick Tagliareni. After a charge by Hamilton with a goal, Avalanche’s Gabe McDonnell secured the team’s victory with a 4-1 win.
The Avalanche goalkeeping tandem of Michael Moonan and Austin Roell was stellar throughout the entire tournament.
Front row kneeling: Ryan DePalma, Kyle Dougherty, Austin Roell, Nick Tagliareni, Will Hanks, Scotty Hunt, Alex Tagliareni, Gabe McDonnell / Back row: Coach Greg DePalma, Michael Moonan, Andrew Neal, Alex Javick, Jared Greenzang, Armaan Singh, Cameron Confer, Ben Thompson, Christopher Sawicki, Coach Jon Hunt, Coach Frank McDonnell
(Feature photo caption — Front row kneeling: Kyle Dougherty, Gabe McDonnell, Alex Tagliareni, Scotty Hunt, Nick Tagliareni, Will Hanks, Armaan Singh / Back row: Coach Frank McDonnell, Christopher Sawicki, Coach Jon Hunt, Austin Roell, Cameron Confer, Andrew Neal, Michael Moonan, Ben Thompson, Coach Greg DePalma, Jared Greenzang, Alex Javick, Ryan DePalma.)