HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The Hasbrouck Heights Soccer Association showcased their talents and strengths in soccer this weekend as teams completed in their Division Championship games on Saturday and Sunday. All teams faced unseasonably cold weather throughout the weekend.
"As president, I am always proud of these kids but the talent, toughness, and hard work that the kids put into the sport was on full display not just this weekend but this whole season," said Mike Karcic.
Championship games began Saturday morning, as HH Frank the Handyman played a very tough Rutherford Recreation team in the U14 Girls D3 Championship game. It was a cold brisk morning at Hitchcock Field in Hasbrouck Heights, and the kids were dressed ready to play. Hasbrouck Heights, who finished as the second seed with an 8-1 regular season record, lost the championship game to Rutherford Recreation, 2-0.
Saturday's second game showcased two Hasbrouck Heights teams in the U12 Girls D4 Championship game. HH East Coast Athletics went into the game 10-0-1 and played against Heights Eye Center who entered the game was 9-2-0. The game was played at 8pm at Zadroga Field in North Arlington, where the temps with the wind chills were in the 20's. The kids on both teams played hard but East Coast Athletics won Sports won, 4-0.
"East Coast Athletics team maintained an undefeated season with a single tie finish against Rutherford," said head coach Brian Bruton. "Each game they played showed positive improvement, tenacity and teamwork culminating with a win at the championship game in North Arlington. Great effort by all the girls on the team."
Sunday saw two more championship games. The U12 Boys D4 Championship game featured HH Froth on Franklin, who finished as the number one seed with a 10-0-1 record, against East Rutherford Knights of Columbus, who were the number two seed at 10-0-1. These two teams faced each other once during the regular season and finished in a 1-1 tie. Sunday was no different, both teams played hard and aggressive. After no score at the end of regulation and then no score after 15 minute over time period, the game went to Penalty Kicks. HH Froth on Franklin prevailed winning the PKs 3-1.
"I can’t begin to say how proud I am of all the boys hard work, determination and unselfish team play," said coach Stephen Capozzoli. "Myself and the other coaches could not have asked for a better bunch of boys to mentor/coach and it was our honor. Coaches get the accolades but these boys brought their “A” game every time and had that never quit attitude throughout the entire season and made us look good every game."
The final game of championship weekend was the U14 Boys D3 game that pinned HH Evo Sports Center (number one seed at 9-1-1) against HH A Degree Above (number four seed at 5-4-0.) Playing on a brisk early evening in Carlstadt, they battled hard but Evo Sports would break the scoreless tie midway through the first period. Evo Sports never looked back and finished with a 4-0 victory.
"Throughout the entire SBSL recreation season, this team played hard and stayed determined to win the championship," said head coach Brian Bruton. "They did this knowing that several eighth graders on team would be competing for the last time in the rec league. It was a well-deserved win for a talented group of young men."
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