Editor's Note: The following information and game summaries were submitted by the Lawrence Hamnett Soccer Association.
Lawrence U-9 Leopards
Despite facing a physically aggressive opponent in the Pemberton Warriors, the Lawrence Leopards kept their composure and earned a satisfying 3-0 win. Emily Franceschini scored two goals while Mackenzie Esposito added one of her own. The entire team played well with outstanding effort from Emily Chess, Sophia Denarski and Briana Audet who made key defensive plays and kept their opponents off-balance by keeping up the offensive pressure. At midfield, Katie Ciuffreda, Isabelle Flemm, Yahaira Lopez and Eliza Moulder effectively shut down Pemberton’s efforts to mount an offensive drive. Goalies Nikki White and Isabella Garcia sealed the shut-out for the Leopards.
Lawrence U-9 Strikers
The Lawrence U-9 Strikers defeated the Woodbridge Revolution 8-3 as striker Ian Stuckey scored his first goal and Dylan Adamsky and Sam Bowes used their speed to blow past Revolution defenders to each tally a goal. Strikers Zach Berardi and Davin Jodoin tallied two goals each, and defender Ryan Milano received a back pass from Matt Sargent, to put the last goal in from deep in our end. Strong support by defenders Luke Longo, Harrison Bohra, Will Schuler and Aidan McChesney helped keep the pressure of goalies: McChesney, Schuler, Berardi and Adamsky. Midfielder Andrew Lynch helped keep the ball in the offensive end and Theo Sardain displayed his ability to see the field as he assisted on two of the Striker goals.
Lawrence U-13 Charge
After allowing a goal 35 seconds from the opening kick-off, the Lawrence U-13 Charge came back to defeat North Brunswick Lions 7-2. Logan Hillegas and Sean McLaughlin continued their dominance in goal - snuffing out many chances the Lions took at them and clinical precision was demonstrated as the Charge put over 80% of their shots directly on goal. Estuardo DeLeon started the scoring on a free kick after he somehow found room past the Lions wall to tie up the game and then tallied another goal later in the game. Goals by Dylan Pawar, Aidan Jodoin, Kieran Humphreys, Eric Broadway and Ethan Crutchley showed the Charge’s teamwork and selflessness as nifty passes down the sideline and through the middle were produced by Ryan Monaghan, Adam LeCompte, Joseph Giuliano, Kyle Schuler and Hakim Hachicha. The strength of the Charge’s defensive end of Hutch Collins, Luke Annand, Christian Fang and Patrick Franceschini shut down the Lions offense throughout the game.
Lawrence U-11 Sharks
Sharks and Griffins Draw
The Sharks traveled to Highland Park to kick off their Fall 2012 campaign. Under beautiful blue skies the Sharks spotted the hosts a two goal lead. The Griffins came out looking good scoring a goal in the 5th minute and kept the pressure on causing a breakdown in the midfield of the Sharks allowing them to post a second goal in the 8th minute.
Down two the Sharks pulled together and began attacking the Griffins’ keeper. Strikers Ben Cohen and Joey Briggs along with midfielders Trevor Stio, Michael Kemo, Harry LaZelle and Devon Meth began stringing passes together and the pressure in front of the goal was too much for the defense as the Centerback from Highland Park used his hand to play the ball. The Sharks’ Justin Krisak buried the PK into the right side of the netting. Still down one with more than 15 minutes to go in the first half. The Sharks continued mounting the attack as Zachary Young led the Sharks in controlling the midfield and beginning many runs on net with crisp accurate passing. In the 18th minute Young stripped the ball away from the Griffins’ left midfielder and fed to Krisak who served a beautiful thru ball to Cohen who finished the run by burying his shot in the back of the net. The match locked up at two the Sharks were not done. Foster Wakeman was able to intercept a pass and found Young streaking down the left sideline who found Krisak in the middle of the field 25 yards from goal. He decided to rip a shot and it found its way under the keeper. Giving the Sharks a 3-2 lead at half.
After a goal in the 45th minute by the Griffins, the Sharks continued their frenzied attack but were unable to punch one into the back of the net. Stellar defense from Jack Collins, Aidan Kane and Shark Rookie Freddie Young Jr. thwarted the Griffins late runs and kept the score deadlocked at 3.