The Hopewell Valley Soccer Association held their first annual Hopewell Valley Youth Soccer Camp during the week of Aug. 7.

The camp offered boys and girls ages 6 to 14 of all skill levels an opportunity to further develop and improve their soccer skills. Each camper was grouped by age, ability and playing experience.

The program aims to build player confidence by helping each student achieve success at their own individual level. Training had an emphasis on developing individual technical skills together with an understanding of the tactical aspects of the game. Sessions consisted of an active warm-up and technical skills introduction and practice followed by a progression of small-sided activities and games designed to encourage the player’s application of technical skills.

The Hopewell Valley Youth Soccer Camp was led by HVCHS head girls soccer coach John McGinley and HVCHS head boys soccer coach Ed Gola along with members of the girls and boys varsity high school soccer teams offering a small camper-staff ratio creating a safe and fun environment helping ensure that every player receives individual attention.

The Hopewell Valley Soccer Association started their season last weekend, with games held Sept. 9 and Sept. 10. The following game recaps were submitted by teach coaches.

Division Three Boys

DeSimone Orthodontics started off the season on Saturday with a 4-3 win over Callaway/Henderson in a well-played game by both teams. Scoring for DeSimone were Paul Warznak, Tommy Irvine, Joshua Kohlhepp and Jeffrey Blake. The team was supported throughout the game by solid midfield play by Shane Sullivan and by Jackson Blackwell. On Sunday, the team played another solid game against Jack’s Nursery and won by a final score of 6-1. There was consistent defense throughout the game by Teddy Franzino, Robert Taylor and Connor Batcha, along with near-perfect goalie play through the combination of Paul Warznak and Jeffrey Blake. Getting on the scoreboard with their first goals of the season were Aaron Nulman, Adam Rise and Noah Pashman.

Division Three Girls

Following their strong win in the season opening friendly match on Saturday, the Union Line Garage Firecrackers defeated Jack’s Nursery 5-2 on Sunday. The first half ended in a tightly contested match 2-0, with the Firecracker scores coming from Emilie Sawicki’s goal off a crisp center cross by Manvi Tripathi, followed by Lily Ryan’s first of two goals. The second half opened with two quick scores by Amanda Flanders, and Lily Ryan tallying her second midway through the period. The Firecrackers midfield was well handled by Kate Coyer and Lilla Antal, both credited with assists, while defense was outstanding led by Shreya Mookherjee, Piper Brant and Reena Fielding, holding Jack’s Nursery to two scores. Goal keeping was handled by A. Flanders and M. Tripathi.

Division Two Boys

The HVSA sponsored boys team, wearing Sport Gray uniforms and self-nicknamed the Wolves, began Saturday morning by taking on the Stellitano Heating & AC in an evenly matched game. Luke Hemmer kept the team in the game in the first quarter by making some great saves and commanding the defense from the goalie position. The Wolves fell behind 1-0 heading into the third quarter but were able to rally from behind to win the game 2-1 with goals scored by Justin Edgington and Nigel Rodrigues. The goals were set up by passes from Andrew Schnure and Bryson Himmelheber. The come-from behind win marked a great way to start the season. The HVSA Wolves played again on Sunday against J&V Trophies in another thrilling game. The Wolves twice came back from behind to tie the game thanks to goals from Brodie Kushner and Colin Leoni, assisted by Nigel Rodrigues. Nathan Edgington made several very good saves to hold the game at the final score of 2-2.

Burdwood’s Landscapes faced Kuppek Landscaping in Saturday’s season opener. Ryan Fornal scored the lone goal for Burdwood’s. Eli Angarone, Dylan Somma and Dylan Hersh played hard on offense. Gavin Gola and Matthew Sarni put up a good defensive effort. Tyler Ananian and Stephen Bilobran kept them in the game with their goalkeeping skills. Burdwood’s lost to Kuppek with a score of 3-1. On Sunday, Burdwood’s Landscapes played Stellitano Heating & AC. Goals were scored by Eli Angarone and Vincent Matticoli (2) with assists from Dylan Hersh, Ryan Fornal and Adhithya Siva. Christopher Mackin, Eddie Besant and Juan Geller played solid defense. Stellitano defeated Burdwood’s, 5-3.

Division Two Girls

Team Stark & Stark started at their season in a well played match against Nectar’s Landscaping. There were many shots on goal but neither team’s goalies gave up anything until 58 minutes into the game. Sidney Young, with an assist from Eleanor Farmer, scored the only goal giving Stark and Stark the 1-0 win. Sunday’s match against team Blackbirds found team Stark and Stark behind 5-0. Stark and Stark is ready to hit the field again next weekend and looks forward to a fun season.