Hopewell Valley Central High School
Last week the Hopewell Valley Girls Volleyball team played only one game, losing to Notre Dame in two sets: 14-25 and 23-25. The Bulldogs played a tough game, with strong serving from Sofie Ragins and great defense from Michaela Kwak, Megan Silberberger and Emilie Sawicki. Front row players Faith Dunham, Sydney Brown, and Gillian Lee utilized sets from Zoë Kitson and Jeong Won Han to rack up some kills, but unfortunately, the Bulldogs were unable to secure another win.
This week, the Hopewell Girls will enter the NJSIAA State Tournament, playing against Holmdel on Thursday. – Emilie Sawicki
On Monday, the Hopewell Valley Boys Soccer team celebrated their senior night against Princeton Day School. The Bulldogs put six past PDS without conceding once to close out the night 6-0. Nick Tagliareni led the scoring with four goals, and Alex Tagliareni and Kamil Mosionek contributed a goal apiece.
The Hopewell boys followed up that victory with games in the Mercer County Tournament. The Bulldogs were seeded fourth, with their first matchup against West Windsor-Plainsboro North. Having defeated them 3-1 the previous week the Bulldogs went in with confidence, but had difficulty scoring due to the defensive strategy used by the Knights. This strategy worked until early in the second half when Nick Tagliareni was able to put one away off a rebound from a shot by Kamil Mosionek that hit the post. The Knights were able to get a few quality chances on goal in the last ten minutes, but Austin Roell made several nice saves to preserve the win for the Bulldogs.
The win pushed Hopewell on to the quarterfinals against Hightstown. The Bulldogs came out strong with a goal from Alex Tagliareni in the first three minutes of the game, and the Bulldogs did not let up. They scored two more (both from Nick Tagliareni) before halftime while conceding one. In the second half Hopewell kept pushing and scored goals by Nick Tagliareni and Tom Hooks. Hightstown put one more past the Hopewell defense, but Nick Tagliareni added a fourth goal to close out the scoring in a 6-2 Hopewell win.
With this win, the Bulldogs are now pushing on to the semifinals of the Mercer County Tournament against Pennington. -Christopher Sawicki
Hopewell Valley Soccer Association
10/23/ 21 Sat. Pennington Pizza & Grill 5 vs Northfield Bank 3
10/24 /21 Sun. Pennington Pizza & Grill 2 vs.Investors bank 1
Team Red – Pennington Pizza has won its twelfth consecutive game! At Saturday’s game, Johan Ampongan recorded his first hat trick, scoring three goals and assisting on the other two goals by Aarush Bhol. The other goal was scored was assisted by Jeremy.
Sunday’s game was a bit more competitive through out the duration until late when Carter made a perfect cross that Aarush tipped in for the game winner. The other goal was a 25-footer shot by Johan that hit the top corner of the cross bar and landed down for the 1st score. -Joseph Ampongan
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