The following game recaps were submitted by the Hopewell Valley Soccer Association coaches. The games took place Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21.
Division Three Boys
Stark & Stark put on their best team performance of the year with a 4-1 win over HVSA-Navy on Saturday. Scoring for for Stark & Stark was Tommy Irvine, who made a nice solo run for the first goal of the game, Shane Sullivan, who has scored in two consecutive games, Jackson Blackwell, off a well-placed pass from Shane Sullivan, and Jason Donis-Yuman ripped his first goal of the year on a perfect pass from Tommy Irvine. Aggressive midfield play and ball control were handled by Ethan Peck, Adam Rise and Aaron Nulman. The defensive effort was led by Drew Kohlhepp in goal for most of the game and by Jaiden Fielding, Robert Taylor and Gavin Gola.
Division Two Boys
Princeton Nassau Pediatrics played well but came up just short, 2-1, against Wilson Apple Funeral Home on Sunday. Offensively, Princeton Nassau Pediatrics looked strong, with great passing and communication by Bodhi Brown, Jeremy English, Allen Ye, and Emil Rybovic. Emil scored the lone goal. Defense was strong by Samuel Girmachew, Allen Ye, and especially goalie Kaempfer Harjes, who had many saves on goal.
On Saturday, Rely Mechanical defeated Horvath and Giacin 4-0 on a crisp Fall morning. Conor O’Boyle and Ryan Fornal scored goals for Rely and Bryson Chase added two more goals in the fourth quarter. Jake Parker, Preston Horvath, John Troiano and Conor O’Boyle played four strong quarters in goal to maintain the shutout. Michael Fornal, Anthony Rinaldi, Andrew Young and Eli Pashman played aggressive throughout the game.
On Sunday, Rely Mechanical defeated DeSimone Orthodontics, winning 3-2 on goals from Bryson Chase, Conor O’Boyle and Ryan Fornal. The entire Rely team spaced the field and had a number great passing opportunities from John Troiano, Michael Fornal, Preston Horvath and Jake Parker. Eli Pashman, Anthony Rinaldi and Andrew Young challenged every ball and ran down the DeSimone strikers throughout the game.
On Saturday, Team HVSA-White lost to DeSimone Orthodontics 6-1. Defenders Brett Streeper and Yaseen Mansour made some great stops for Team HVSA-White while goalies John Grgurich, Juan Geller and Trevor LiVecchi worked hard to protect the net. Solid midfield play by Chance Hutnik and Anthony Raub kept Team HVSA-White in the game. On offense, Vincent Matticoli, assisted by Aidan Rhodes, connected with the net to score the lone goal for Team HVSA-White.
On Sunday, Team HVSA-White defeated Northwestern Mutual, 5-0. Trevor LiVecchi scored three goals. Samy Abdel-Mawla and Vincent Matticoli also scored. Defensemen Juan Geller and Jason Jaffe attacked the ball. Midfielders John Grgurich, Anthony Raub, Aidan Rhodes and Chance Hutnik hustled up and down the field making great plays for Team HVSA-White. Vincent Matticoli and Trevor LiVecchi made outstanding saves in goal to earn the shutout victory.
On Saturday, Greenleaf Lawn & Landscape defeated Northwestern Mutual 2-1. Greenleaf midfielder Ethan Valenza broke the tie in the second quarter, on a pass from striker Justin Edgington. Later in the third quarter, Justin put Greenleaf ahead 2-0, when striker Nathan Camilleri threaded a pass into the goal box. Greenleaf defenders Brayden Kennedy, Bodhi Lamontagne and Christian Casey held off a persistent Northwestern Mutual attack. Goalkeepers Liam Buchert and Nathan Edgington had many saves, including Liam’s outstanding block of a penalty kick.
Division Two Girls
On Saturday, Dr. McDonough’s Live Wires defeated the DeSimone Orthodontics Blue Feet 3-2. For the Live Wires, Megan Kurian led the offense with a hat trick and the defense was solid and supported by Barrett Upson in goal. For the Blue Feet, Elizabeth Buchert tallied the two goals and Leila Arbanas played a strong defensive game helping to keep the score close.
On Sunday, Franco’s Pizza defeated Dr. McDonough’s Live Wires 3-2. For Franco’s Pizza, Emily Simpson’s pass to Luca Burd doubled the lead in the first half while Anna Fermo’s goal was the difference maker late in the second. For the Live Wires, Paige Ritter was exceptional on defense and at mid field. Megan Kurian round the back of the net twice.
The Northfield Bank Tigers and Franco’s Pizza battled to a 0-0 draw on Saturday in a tough game for both sides. For Franco’s Pizza, Charlotte Camilleri helped secure the draw with some really nifty legwork. For the Tigers, Kelly Hujber and Soon Pearlman combined for the shutout with strong defensive help from Gerise Kelly, Blair Russell and Rachel Morse.
On Sunday, The Northfield Bank Tigers beat the DeSimone Orthodontics Blue Feet 3-2 in a back and forth battle. Olivia Branham scored early before Elizabeth Buchert and Anna Wilson each scored to give the Blue Feet the lead. The Tigers came roaring back in the fourth quarter with a long distance goal from Rachel Morse and a late game winner by Mia Scupari.