In Hopewell Valley Soccer Association news, team Carnegie Cat Clinic secured their place in the final D2 playoffs on Saturday, November 9, winning against team Soccer Post. Bodhi Brown, Jeremy English, Liam Mazur, and Jackson Mooney played great offense in the first half with Austin Yasher and Braiden Kelley on defense and Taegan Levy exhibiting great effort in the goal. In the second half, Bodhi Brown scored the Cat’s first goal, bringing the score to 1-2. Julian Blunt, Nathan Blunt, and Jeremy English played great offense with Braiden Kelley, Robert Litz, and Austin Yasher defending the goal. Bodhi Brown scored again in the second half with great help from the offensive line Julian Blunt, Jeremy English, and Austin Yasher. In the final moments of the game, Bodhi Brown scored the Cats third goal off a penalty shot, tying the score. The teams then headed into two periods of overtime that saw no score. The Cats ultimately came out on top after a penalty kick shoot-out.
On Sunday, the Carnegie Cat Clinic team won the D2 Boys final playoff game against team Modells. Bodhi Brown and Taegan Levy both played great in goal despite intense pressure from the other team. At the half, the Cats were down 0-1. In the second period, Jeremy English, Braiden Kelley, John Troiano, Julian Blunt, and Nathan Blunt returned the pressure to Modells. Austin Yasher, Liam Mazur, and Robert Litz backed up on defense for goalie Taegan Levy. At the top of the fourth quarter, the Cats tied up the game with a goal by Jeremy English, assisted by Julian Blunt.
The Cats and Modells played well in overtime, but neither team scored. Once again, the Cats headed into a penalty shootout and once again Taegan Levy faced the pressure in goal. Jeremy English, John Troiano, Bodhi Brown, Braiden Kelley, and Austin Yasher each took penalty kicks resulting in victory for team Carnegie Cat Clinic. –Caitlin Mazur
The Hopewell Valley Central High School boys’ cross country team finished 4th at the Central Jersey Group 3 state sectional meet on Saturday. The team qualified for the Group 3 state meet which will be held next Saturday at Holmdel Park. Freshman Paige Dumont finished 11th overall for the girls’ team and will be the only girl representing the team at the group meet next Saturday. Aaron Oldfield
The HVCHS football team played Woodrow Wilson Saturday in the quarterfinals of the NJSIAA Tournament, Group 3. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, their 6-2 season ended with a 49-7 loss. –MercerMe staff
The Hopewell Valley Youth football 9-10 year-old team ended a successful season with a tough playoff loss to top-seeded and undefeated Bordentown. This truly was a special season for these boys as they earned wins over teams they had never beaten before at this level and returned to the playoffs after an absence last year. –Mike Rowan
The fall sports season is nearly complete. Stay tuned as Monday Sports Roundup returns in December with coverage of winter sports including basketball, swimming, and hockey.
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