The following game recaps were submitted by the Hopewell Valley Soccer Association coaches. The games were held Saturday, Sept. 16 and Sunday, Sept. 17.
Division Three Girls
On Saturday, Purple Pixie Salon battled the Jack’s Nursery to a 2-2 tie. Ayla Mauk opened up the scoring for the Purple Pixie Salon while Makayla Scherbekow was responsible for their second goal. Grace Stroman and Catherine Zeglarski sealed up the defense in the second half making sure that no goals were put in by the Jacks’ Nursey.
On Saturday, Dr. McDonough’s Live Wires played Union Line Garage. Union Line Garage’s offense struck first, but Katie Clarke soon tied the score for the Live Wires with a corner kick that was deflected into the net by the defense. Union Line Garage put two more into the Live Wires’ net before Chelsea Kent found the back of theirs to tie the game at three goals a side. Goalie Natalie Kasprzyk shut down the Union Line’s offense for the rest of the first half. Union Line started off the second half with a goal that was quickly answered by a Live Wire goal by Natalie with an assist going to Kyla Machinga. Union Line’s offense struck once more before the Live Wires’ goalie Chelsea Kent, along with defensive work lead by Jaelyn Krin shut the scoring down for the rest of the match, resulting in a 4-5 loss for Dr. McDonough’s Live Wires. Then on Sunday, Dr. McDonough’s Live Wires faced off against Jack’s Nursery. Sierra Mitchell started off the scoring for the Live Wires by putting a blistering shot past Jack’s goalie. Minutes later, Olivia Friedrich made an outstanding pass from midfield to Chelsea Kent who rocketed a shot into the net. Sierra finished the scoring for the first half with her second goal of the game to give Dr. McDonough’s Live Wires a 3-0 to go into the second half, thanks to excellent goal tending by Natalie Kasprzyk. Jack’s started off the second half with a goal that Chelsea, now in goal, couldn’t stop. Chelsea did stop all of the other shots for the rest of the game. Mariel Haynes threaded the needle when she took a corner kick that went through Jack’s defense and goalie to cross the goal line. Jaelyn Krin, Zoe Zeng and Sierra Mitchell provided great defensive work throughout the game. Dr. McDonough’s Live Wires won the game 4-1.
Jack’s Nursery Jack-O-Lanterns showed a lot of hustle in two games this weekend. Goals came from Shin Yi Li (assisted by Lily Gaglio), and Katie Means scored her first goal in D3 (assisted by Lily & Bella Gaglio and Shin Yi Li) on Saturday. Great efforts in goal by Payton Tuorto and Evy Lansing led to a 2-2 tie with the Purple Pixie Salon team. One goal from Shin Yi Li and a couple of bad bounces led to a 4-1 loss to Dr. McDonough’s Livewires on Sunday.
On Saturday, Union Line Garage Firecrackers defeated Dr McDonough’s Live Wires 5-4. The first half ended in a draw, with the score tied 3-3. The Union Line Garage goals came from Lilla Antal delivering a scorcher off a crossing pass from Emilie Sawicki, with Emilie adding two more goals before halftime. The defense held tight in the second half anchored by Shreya Mookherjee, Piper Brant, and Reena Fielding holding Dr McDonough’s to score only one more goal, while Firecrackers Lily Ryan and Amanda Flanders tallied to take the lead with just three minutes left in the match. Outstanding ball control in the midfield is credited to Kate Coyer and Manvi Tripathi, who also shared keeper duties with A. Flanders. Sunday saw a rematch of last week’s friendly between the Union Line Garage Firecrackers and Pixie Salon, ending in a very tight 1-0 score. The lone goal was scored by Union Line Garage striker Emilie Sawicki, as she followed up a shot drilled by Kate Coyer that bounced off the left post. The score illustrates how tight the game was, as both teams moved the ball up and down the pitch, creating opportunities, just not able to capitalize. Union Line midfield was skillfully maintained by Lily Ryan and Lilla Antal, while defense was secured by Reena Fielding, Shreya Mookherjee, Lucy Antal, and Piper Brant. The clean sheet in goal is credited to Amanda Flanders and Manvi Tripathi.
Division Three Boys
On Saturday, DeSimone Orthodontics looked strong from beginning to end in their first pre-ICL game against Robbinsville 2, and won by a final score of 7-1. Joshua Kohlhepp dominated on offense with a hat trick in the first half, and the team was supported by two goals from Noah Pashman, a well-placed penalty kick goal by Aaron Nulman, and an impressive goal from the outside by Connor Batcha. The defense and midfield play continues to be consistent throughout games, and was led by Jeffrey Blake and Adam Rise in goal, along with aggressive play by Tommy Irvine, Teddy Franzino, Robert Taylor, and Shane Sullivan. On Sunday, In their strongest defensive effort of the year led by Paul Warznak in goal, DeSimone Orthodontics defeated HVSA 5-0. Controlling the midfield and supporting the defense was Robert Taylor and Teddy Franzino, with consistent teamwork from Tommy Irvine and Joshua Kohlhepp. The offense was supported by two goals from Noah Pashman, and one goal each from Jeffrey Blake, Adam Rise and Joshua Kohlhepp. There were significant scoring opportunities created by Connor Batcha, Shane Sullivan and Aaron Nulman, who controlled the ball well when playing offense. For HVSA, Daniel English and several others on defense made terrific plays to stop scoring threats.
Division Two Boys
The HVSA sponsored boys team, nicknamed the Wolves, took on Modell’s on Saturday to secure a 5-0 win. The Wolves got two goals in the first half from Justin Edgington and Nigel Rodrigues. After halftime the Wolves continued the attack with Brodie Kushner scoring two goals and Andrew Schnure adding another. Assists were from Alex Guarino, Brodie Kushner, and Andrew Schnure. Luke Hemmer made several key saves in goal and the Wolves defense kept a shutout despite some strong attacking play from Modell’s. Modell’s played well despite the loss and they even stopped a penalty kick in the second half. The Wolves had a bye on Sunday.
On Saturday, Carnegie Cat Clinic and Stellitano Heating game began with both sides competing well with only a few opportunities to score, the first quarter finishing goalless. In the second and third quarters, Stellitano pushed into Carnegie’s half and were rewarded with three goals. In the final quarter, Carnegie came determined to score and got their first goal through a great series of passes and finishing by Jace Kalina. Soon after the first goal, Carnegie got a second goal from William Carter. Sustained pressure led to a third goal again from William. The game finished 3-3. Carnegie cat clinic lost to Wilson Apple Funeral Home 5-1. Wilson Apple took advantage of some lapses in defense and capitalized on them. Eventually, Lucien Gharagozloo scored a consolation goal after a cross by Drew Kohlhepp.
On Saturday, Team Stelitano played Carnegie Cat Clinic Team to end in a 3-3 tie. Team Stelitano tied 3-3 with Eli Pashman and Seamus Manning being the goal scorers. On Sunday, Stelitano beat Kuppek Landscaping 3-2. Substantial defensive plays by two team Stelitano players, Robert Hartmann and Conor Manning, made it extremely difficult for team Kuppek Landscaping to score. Team Stelitano won 3-2 with Eli Pashman, Seamus Manning and Lukas Yiacas scoring goals.
The Division 2 Boys Capital Health Capitals fell 2-3 on Sunday to Modell’s. Chris Miliaresis led the Capitals offense with two goals finessed into the net, and Erik Petrin and Jeremy English supported with multiple shots on goal and a whole lot of hustle. Donald Chen and Nate Heiss anchored the defense in front of Abram Wojciechowicz’ physical goalie play. James Gervasoni and Lucian Teodorescu added key stops and supporting effort in the midfield.
J&V Trophies won their first games this weekend. Saturday was a really closed game against Kuppek Landscaping, and J&V Trophies won 4-3 with three goals scored by Luke Rodefeld and another goal scored by Landon Pagnotta. Joshua Ballek and Mateo Franco-Valverde were really strong on defense and midfield at the end of the game. Conor O’Boyle’s goal keeper punting during the game was key for the win. J&V Trophies got their second win on Sunday, 5-0. There were four goals scored by Luke Rodefeld and another goal scored by Mark Fereshteh. Adam Rusell played really well stopper position. Gavin Seibold lined up midfield playing ambitiously for the ball.
Modell’s lost 5-0 on Saturday against team HVSA. Allen Ye, Jackson Ruf and Chance Hutnik ran the midfield while Joseph Troiano, Patrick Schouten, Brady DeCore and Anthony Rinaldi ran the field as forwards. Defensive effort was provided by Logan Turnbull, Joshua Rheinhardt, Roman Scaturro and Ryan Batcha. Player of the game goes to Anthony Rinaldi for his endless energy and action on the field. Modells found their way back on Sunday with a solid team effort against Capital Health, winning 3-2. Patrick Schouten, Ryan Batcha and Anthony Rinaldi were able to keep the constant pressure on Capital Health with their many attempts on goal. Keeping their score to two goals was handled by the fantastic defensive effort run by Logan Turnbull, Brett Sirolly and Roman Scaturro. Goals were provided by Joseph Troiano, Joshua Rheinhardt and Brady DeCore. Player of the game goes to Joseph Troiano for his exceptional plays on the field leading the constant pressure on Capital Health.
Division Two Girls
Saturday morning found the Stark and Stark “Bobs” playing Franco’s Pizza. Stark & Stark had two stand out players, Caroline scoring a goal in the top of the second quarter and player Sidney Young scoring in the top of the third quarter, inching out Franco’s 2 to 1. On Sunday, Stark and Stark and Nectar’s met again, this time Nectar’s played to a 4-1 win. Charlotte Sweetman scored Stark and Stark’s one goal of the game.