The following game recaps were submitted by the Hopewell Valley Soccer Association coaches. They have been edited for clarity and length.
Division Three Boys
On Sunday, Stark & Stark edged Pennington Quality Market in a very close game by a score of 2-1 in the rain and wind. Tommy Irvine put Stark & Stark on the board with a first-half goal, only to be matched by a PQM goal by Mikey Vaggott. In the second half, Aaron Nulman hit a shot from the left to score the game-winning goal. Excellent goalie play by Teddy Franzino and Adam Rise contributed significantly to the victory.
HVSA Green opened the fall season against Jack’s Greenhouse & Nursery on Sunday and won 5-3. The Green team had quite a few attempts on goal with five individual players scoring: Luke Hemmer, Emerson Hoagland, Elijah Barnes, Brodie Kushner and Luke Cramer. They also had a few attempts on goal by Ben DeCore, William Carter, Jonathan Sharma and Jack Cramer. On defense, both Jonathan Sharma and Luke Hemmer held strong with some strong defensive support from backs Darius Roman, Oliver Liccardi, Aarush Bhol and Jack Cramer.
Division Three Girls
During Saturday’s season opener, HVSA Purple Pandas defeated Dick’s Sporting Goods 4-3. Sonia Tenbarge scored on a shot assisted by Lilla Antal. The pair switched rolls in the second half, with Lilla Antal scoring off an assist by Sonia Tenbarge. When the game was tied, Pranathi Kummarapurugu took the ball down field to Amanda Flanders, who scored her second goal of the day.
The HVSA Purple Pandas played Jack’s Nursery on Sunday, winning 3-1. Juliette Saia gave an assist to Amanda Flanders, who scored the tying goal in the first half. The second half was a test for both teams defenses, with the HVSA Pandas led by Lucy Antal, Emma Stowe and Maren Johnson keeping Jack’s Nursery in check. Lilla Antal and Amanda Flanders scored in the second half.
Dick’s Sporting Goods opened their fall season by losing a closely-matched game 4-2 against Jack’s. Jack’s offense struck first when Sy’Rai King found the back of the net. Dick’s Sporting Goods scored again shortly thereafter when Ellie Lamond booted it hard into the net. This was followed with another goal from Sy-Rai King and assists from Adhya Pandit and Kalina Korova. Dick’s played strong in the first half, but were matched more closely in the second half when Royal got the best of them with four goals.
Division Two Boys
The opening game for HVSA Division 2 Boys soccer matched Rely Mechanical against Soccer Post. While Soccer Post won 4-3 on a series of goals by Landon Pagnotta, Rely Mechanical kept the game close with goals from Andrew Young, Ryan Fornal and Bryson Chase.
Princeton Nassau Pediatrics opened their fall season on Saturday against HVSA–White at Independence Park, with a great team effort that concluded with a 6-1 win. Princeton Nassau Pediatrics offense struck quickly with the first goal scored by Allen Ye, followed quickly by another goal by Emil Rybovic. The offensive streak continued with goals by Zachary Wolff, Jeremy English, Allen Ye and Luke Bodhi Brown. Kaempfer Harjes and Zachary Wolff had several saves in goal.
On Sunday, Princeton Nassau Pediatrics lost to Greenleaf Landscaping, 3-1. Greenleaf quickly scored two goals, but Princeton Nassau Pediatrics fought back with a goal by Allen Ye. Goalies Kaempfer Harjes and Luke Bodhi Brown made many saves and played strong defense.
On Saturday, Soccer Post defeated Rely Mechanical 3-4, and on Sunday, they defeated HVSA-White 8-2.
Team HVSA lost to Princeton Nassau Pediatrics 7-1 on Saturday. The lone goal was a shot by Samy Abdel-Mawla, on a pass by Juan Geller. Trevor LiVecchi had a number of saves in goal. All the players on Team HVSA continued challenging and consistently going after the ball until the end of the game.
On Sunday, Team HVSA played lost to Soccer Post, 8-2. Trevor LiVecchi came out strong for Team HVSA, scoring in the opening minutes of the game. Samy Abdel-Mawla played a solid offensive game and scored in the fourth quarter.
On Saturday, Greenleaf Lawn & Landscape kicked off the season with a strong showing versus Wilson Apple Funeral Home. Justin Edgington, Ethan Valenza, Nathan Camilleri and Antonio Botero scored goals.
On Sunday, Greenleaf Lawn & Landscape defeated Princeton Nassau Pediatrics. Justin Edgington, assisted by Brayden Kennedy, scored the first goal of the game. Liam Buchert scored his first goal of the season. On an incredible full-field run, Nathan Camilleri dribbled past five opponents to notch his second goal of the game.