Monday Sports Update

Alex Tagliareni fighting for the ball in the game against Hightstown

Hopewell Valley Central High School

The Hopewell Valley girls volleyball team played three exciting matches this past week, winning one and losing two.

On Monday the Bulldogs played Notre Dame, taking a tough 3-set loss (23-25, 25-20, 26-28). The girls fought hard with kills from Faith Dunham and Emilie Sawicki, serving aces from Sofie Ragins and Megan Silberberger, and good sets by Anna Chrenlich, but unfortunately fell short in the third set.

On Tuesday, the Bulldogs played another close 3-set match against Princeton, losing 25-23, 18-25, 19-25. The girls played well offensively at the net, with several blocks by Dunham and Charlotte Catlett, and great defense from libero Michaela Kwak.

On Friday, the Bulldogs finally broke their losing streak with a 3-set match against Lawrenceville, winning 25-12, 16-25, 25-23.  The girls used their strong serving to pull ahead, with several aces by both Ragins and Kwak. The game included many assists from Jeong-Won Han and great play from Gillian Lee, Sydney Brown, and Zoe Reznik. -Emilie Sawicki

The bulldogs take a win against Lawrenceville on Friday.

The Hopewell Valley boys soccer team played two exciting games this past week, winning one and losing the other. The Bulldogs played Hamilton West on Tuesday, winning 7-1. Hopewell overwhelmed Hamilton West in the first half, scoring 5 goals without conceding any. Play in the second half was closer, but a comeback was out of reach and the game ended with Hopewell victorious. Richie Kiefer, Alex Tagliareni, and Nick Tagliareni each contributed two goals to the victory, with Dean DiGiacomo adding a goal for the Bulldogs.

Hopewell followed up with a game at Hightstown on Friday. The game was played on a small grass field which limited the Bulldogs’ ability to execute their passing offense, and they had a tough time adjusting to the game conditions that Hightstown took advantage of. The first half ended with Hightstown scoring two goals, and the Rams scored again early in the second half off of a corner kick. Hopewell did not give up, and Kyle Mason scored off a pass from Chris Turnbull. The game ended in a 3-1 Hightstown victory. The Hopewell boys are currently 3-1 in regular-season games.

In the video below, Alex Tagliareni scores a bicycle kick from a header pass from his brother Nick Tagliareni in the game against Hamilton West -Christopher Sawicki

Hopewell Valley Soccer Association

On Saturday, HVSA division 3 girls team Pixie Salon defeated Lawrence White in a hard fought game.  Goals were scored by Ava, Kaylie, Lola (who scored twice), Mackenzie, and Siria (with her first ever goal), with assistance from Erin and Maggie in mid-field.  Alex was amazing in goal and led the strong defensive line up of Ainsley, Carolan, Gabby, and Mia. 

In HVSA boys soccer, Pennington Pizza and Grill has finally got their grooves back winning Saturday’s game against Boro Market 4-1; as well the Sunday game vs. Northfield Bank 3-1, avenging last weekend’s initial loss.

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