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On Saturday, October 15th, the Hopkins JV Boys soccer team,
played a home game against Sabis on the varsity field, a team not
usually on Hopkins’ schedule. The field was wet due to heavy rain
before the game, and this would lead to some very interesting plays. As
usual, when the Hawks are successful, they score early. Chad
Sanderson scored a goal to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead within the first
ten minutes. Minutes later Sabis got lucky when they scored a goal
off of a deflected cross into the penalty box. About ten minutes
later Chad Sanderson scored another goal, his second of the game, to
give Hopkins a 2-1 lead. The hard-fought first half would end with a
2-1 Hopkins lead. The second half began with a strong Sabis attack,
which would result in a goal about ten minutes into the second half.
Nearly five minutes later, a retaliatory goal by Cole Burdell just
inside the penalty box gave Hopkins a 3-2 lead. There were many shots
by both teams during the rest of the second half without any result.
Both teams fought hard, but the Hawks came out victorious. The final
score was 3-2.
On Thursday, September 22nd, the Boys JV Soccer team took
the ride to Mahar. Hopkins took a commanding lead early in the game.
Goals by Chad Sanderson, Ethan Sanderson, Matt Pipczynski, and
Dominic Rodgers gave Hopkins a 4-0 lead. Mahar scored one goal later
in the first half to make the score 4-1 going into the second half.
Early in the second half, Chad Sanderson took a corner kick, which
deflected off a Mahar player and into the goal. Mahar responded with
a goal shortly after. Hopkins then scored three more goals to have a
solid six goal lead. Late in the second half, Mahar got a free goal
when the Hopkins defense accidentally kicked the ball in their own
net after trying to clear the ball. This would be the last goal of
the game as Hopkins went on to win 8-3.
On Monday, September 26th, Hopkins began a three game
home stand against Mohawk. Hopkins scored two goals early to get the
lead, both by Chad Sanderson. Hopkins would then score another goal
for a 3-0 lead. In the second half, Chad Sanderson scored another
goal to give Hopkins a 4-0. Mohawk’s defense held strong with Hopkins
constantly threatening. The final score was 4-0. Hopkins has two more
home games later this week, Tuesday 3:30 vs. Hampshire, and Thursday
3:30 vs. Granby.
On Monday, September 19th, the JV Boys took the long bus ride to face
off against Pioneer Valley Regional. Just like the game against Smith
Academy, Hopkins struck first and early, this time from Pat Knightly.
Hopkins had plenty of missed shots in the first half, but was on the
offensive for most of the time. Late in the first half, Hopkins
goalie Ethan Sanderson made a great diving save to keep the score 1-0
going into the second half. The early part of the second half was
uneventful until Cole Burdell scored his first goal of the season to
increase the Hopkins lead 2-0. Hopkins was on the offensive for the
remainder of the game with little chance for Pioneer. Hopkins won the
On Thursday, September 15th, the JV Boys soccer team took a short bus ride over the river to face off against rival Smith Academy. In the first five minutes of the game Pat Knightly scored the first goal of the game, this was his first of the season and the first goal for the Hawks not scored by Chad Sanderson. Late in the first half, Smith Academy scored with a re-direct off a corner kick. Going into halftime the score was 1-1. About ten minutes into the second half Dominic Rodgers scored a goal to give Hopkins a 2-1 lead. Minutes later, Smith Academy came back with a goal of their own to tie the game. The game was tied for a while until Hopkins had an offensive break which resulted in another Chad Sanderson goal. After intense pressure by the Smith offense, John Jacques held strong in goal. With about ten minutes left Chad Sanderson scored another goal, his sixth of the season, to insure a Hopkins win. The final score was 4-2.
On Monday, September 12th, the Gateway Boys JV came to Hopkins. In past seasons this would be a great game, and this game was no different. For much of the first half Gateway was on the offensive. However, a combination of a strong Hopkins defense and great goalkeeping by John Jacques prevented Gateway from scoring. About midway through the first half Hopkins had an offensive break, the first of the game, and resulted in a goal by Chad Sanderson. For much of the second half the ball was going back and forth with missed opportunities by both teams. With Gateway threatening late in the second half the Hopkins defense still held strong until the final whistle. Chad Sanderson’s goal in the first half would end up being the difference in this game. Hopkins won 1-0.
On Tuesday September 6th, The Hopkins JV Boys took the field for the first time this season to face Holyoke Catholic. The game was off to a slow start for both teams. Late in the first half, Chad Sanderson scored two goals to give Hopkins a 2-0 lead going into the second half. Early in the second half Holyoke Catholic was on the offensive and scored two goals. The game was tied 2-2 with about ten minutes left in the game. Hopkins had a great opportunity in the form of a penalty kick. John Jacques took the kick and barely missed over the top of the goal. Minutes later, there was another penalty kick for Hopkins. Chad Sanderson took the kick and made it. This penalty kick would end up being the winning goal for Hopkins. The final score being 3-2.
Hopkins Academy soccer is know for always being the team to beat. In the past years, Hopkins Academy wasn’t really a threat, but was more of just your average soccer team. Schools know about us and put us on their radar for the top teams to beat. Last year Hopkins academy boys varsity soccer won the GcGrath South soccer league. Unfortunately there post season was short lived after losing to gateway in the tournament 2-0. After the graduating class left, it took 9 seniors from the varsity squad also. This gave doubt to some when the question of if Hopkins could win league again next year was brought up.
Sean Quill 13′
The Hawks varsity girls have had a great season so far with a promising 14-4 record (5-3 league). Leading the team is Coach Sicard in his third year coaching girls varsity soccer and helping him are his two captains, Emma Konieczny and Kasia Szymborn. With the loss of 14 girls from the previous season, they are a young team as Szymborn explains; “Emma, Olivia, Amanda, Sarah and I couldn’t do it on our own. These girls had big shoes to fill, and so far they’re doing a pretty good job, I’m proud.” While only having 5 returning players, the young team brought up 3 eighth graders, 2 freshmen, and 4 sophomores as well as 4 juniors and only having 2 seniors. Konieczny says, “The loss of 11 seniors is big, but the young kids are doing a really good job stepping in and playing hard, especially against older teams.” As Coach Sicad’s third year as Varsity coach, he is doing well teaching this young team to work toward a great season. Read the rest of this entry »