This week, the Hopewell Valley Central High School Girls Volleyball team played a tough match against Raritan in the NJSIAA Central Jersey, Group 2 quarterfinals, falling in two sets: 11-25, 20-25. The game featured some great hitting from Sofie Ragins, Emilie Sawicki and Faith Dunham, as well as multiple blocks from Sydney Brown. Megan Silberberger and Michaela Kwak defended in the back, both contributing multiple digsand providing some great serving to the team. Zoe Kitson aided with several assists throughout the match, and Charlotte Catlett helped with great presence at the net. Despite all their efforts the Bulldogs fell short, ending their season with a record of 11-9.-Emilie Sawicki
On Monday, the Hopewell Valley CHS Boys soccer team played in the first round of the NJSIAA Central, Group 3 state tournament. As the first seed, Hopewell was matched up against Brick Township, and came out scoring to take a 5-1 lead into halftime. The Bulldogs didn’t let up, finishing the game 10-3, with goals from Nick Tagliareni, two goals each from Alex Tagliareni, Richie Kiefer and Tom Hooks, and a hat trick from Kyle Mason.
In the quarter-final matchup on Thursday, Hopewell played Colts Neck in a much closer game. TheBulldogs started strong,scoring two goals at the start, with headers by Austin Warren and Nick Tagliareni. Nick’s goal, tied the Hopewell Valley goal scoring record in a single season at 22. Colts Neck responded with a header of their own and another goal to tie it 2-2 at halftime. At the beginning of the second half Kamil Moisionek scored for Hopewell, but Colts Neck responded with another goal to knot the game at 3-3.
Eight minutes into the half Nick Tagliareni was injured contesting a header and was taken off the field (his injury was not as serious as it initially looked). When play resumed, Richie Kiefer scored for Hopewell, but once again Colts Neck put another in the net. Kyle Mason scored on a rebound off of a shot from Kamil Moisionek that hit the post, to put Hopewell up by a goal. The Bulldogs were able to successfully defend for the last few minutes to win the game 5-4.
Hopewell Valley are headed to the semifinals of the NJSIAA Central Group 3 tournament, playing Steinert on Monday. – Christopher Sawicki
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