Monday Sports Roundup

Monday Sports Roundup

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HVCHS boys' soccer seniors (left to right): Alek Michelson, Justin Lauricella, Liam May, Joey Geary, and Zach Crow

The HVCHS boys’ soccer team played their last game of the season Tuesday. They lost a very close and intense game in the first round of the state tournament with a goal scored by Ocean Township late in the second half. The Bulldogs finished the season fifth in the Colonial Valley Conference with a record of 12-8-1 and have a large number of experienced players returning next season. -Christopher Sawicki 

The HVCHS football team won an exciting game this week 27-20 against the Hightstown Rams bringing their regular season record to 6-2. They have qualified for the play-offs and will play Saturday, November 9 at 1pm at Woodrow Wilson High School. –David Caldwell

The HVCHS cross country team had the week off in advance of the Group 3 State Sectional Championship Meet on Saturday, November 9 at Thompson Park. Aaron Oldfield

Hopewell Valley Youth Football’s 9-10 year old tackle team secured a playoff berth with a resounding 40-12 win over Florence.  The Bulldogs were led by touchdowns on the ground and through the air by Cooper Briehler and key receptions by AJ Hanuscin, Christian Casey, and Jamon Hewitson.   The defense was spearheaded by multiple sacks by Travis Sikorski.  Meanwhile, the flag team concluded its season with a strong performance at the West Jersey Flag Jamboree, where they were led by standout offensive and defensive efforts by Brady Rowan and Victor Gomez. Mike Rowan

Reagan Silvestri of team Hopewell Express powers through team Red defense.

Hopewell Valley Youth Soccer Association teams are now in the swing of play offs. In the HVSA division 2 girls’ semi-finals, the Hopewell Express team defeated the Jack’s Nursery team 3-0. The Express was powered by scores by Reagan Silvestri, Megan Kurian, and Sloane Ritter.  Ritter, a second grader, set up Silvestri’s goal with a beautiful feed across the defense.  The defense for the Express was flawless on the day and was responsible for the clean sheet.  The defense was led by Grace Haag and Abby Gola and put a wall up in front of goalkeepers Ritter, Kurian, Natalie Frush and Cate Batcha.  For the Jack’s Nursery team, there was great team play, especially the hustle of Jasjot Arora and Maggie Woodside as well as a great first half by goalie Tina Zheng which kept the game tied through halftime. In the third quarter, the Express team pulled away even while Ava Berg and Emily Simpson kept the pressure on but came up empty on the day. In the other Saturday semi-final game, team HVSA Red advanced over team m3.

On Sunday, the Hopewell Express team completed a 12-4-1 season by beating team HVSA Red 2-0 behind goals by Reagan Silvestri and Megan Kurian and a defense anchored by Grace Haag and Abby Gola.  The defense of the Express was especially stout in the playoffs and did not give up a goal in the semi-finals and finals.  Helping maintain the pressure were second graders Lauren Dwyer, Sloane Ritter and Cate Batcha.

Members of team Red race Hopewell Express player Lauren Dwyer for the ball.

In the third-place game, team Jack’s Nursery prevailed 2-0 over team m3, playing another game into the second half scoreless.  This time, Jasjot Arora advanced the ball into the defense of team m3 and Emily Simpson scored the first of two goals to break the tie. Daphne Edmond-Marrietti was a stalwart on defense and Sadie Courtney made some great saves in the fourth quarter to preserve the win. -Catherine Wilson

In the HVSA division 3 girls’ playoffs, team Pixie Salon defeated the Ewing Red and Ewing Blue teams 2-1 and 3-2 to win the pre-ICL division 3 girls’ championship. In Saturday’s game against Ewing Red, Katie Means scored both goals.  On Sunday against Ewing Blue, Gracie Johnson scored 2 goals and Angelyn Li scored 1 goal. Goalie Samantha Weeast, along with a strong defensive lineup of Sophia Acerenza, Kalina Kirova, Erica Li, Alexandra Rowe, and Kaylie Weeast held off the Ewing teams to take first place. Heidi-Marie Weeast

Team Pixie Salon

The HVSA division 2 boys’ Carnegie Cat Clinic team won their first playoff game 2-1 against the McDonough’s Live Wires. In an exciting first half, John Troiano passed to Bodhi Brown who scored the Cat’s first goal, bringing them to 1-0 before the half. The Live Wires gave the Cats a run for their money in the second half. Austin Yasher played great defense, with the help of Liam Mazur and Robert Litz. Jeremy English and Taegan Levy both took turns in goal, keeping the score at bay. Julian Blunt, Bodhi Brown, John Troiano, and Nathan Blunt kept the pressure on the Live Wires’ goalie. In the final quarter, Nathan Blunt scored the Cat’s winning goal, off a corner kick from Jeremy English to bring the final score to 2-1. -Caitlin Mazur

For this week’s upcoming HVRSD games, see the schedule here: https://www.colonialvalleyconference.org/public/genie/348/school/7/

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