ROSELLE, NJ – Tafari Hogarth gave the Abraham Clark Rams fans a lot to cheer about in its 6-2 victory over St. Mary's on Tuesday afternoon.
The junior forward scored six goals in his first home game of the season, giving him two hat tricks in a game.
“My goals were important because it earned our team a win,” Hogarth said. “I practice hard everyday [whether] I’m alone or with the team.”
Hogarth decided to play club team soccer last year, but, thankfully for the Rams, the junior decided to come back to his roots.
“Club helped me a lot because when it comes to high school it isn’t a challenge to me like it is in club,” Hogarth said. “In club every player is good, every player goes out there and plays one hundred percent.”
The Rams got on the board quick with a goal by Hogarth off a free kick from about 25 yards out, which darted right through the goal keepers hands.
Halfway through the first half, the Rams crossed in a volley off a corner kick, which landed right in the feet of no other than Hogarth, which was completely uncovered setting up his second goal, which was followed by his third shortly after.
“[Tafari] is the captain. [He] is very important,” head coach Alan Prochazka. “We went from being in the state tournament and taking the No. 1 seed into overtime, to last year we were 2-15. He is critical to the team.”
Abraham Clark had a three-goal lead entering the second half, but that didn’t stop them from scoring more. Hogarth netted three more tallies in the final 40 minutes.
Following a penalty kick goal, he dazzled St. Mary’s with his final two goals as he sprinted right passed them on two breakaway runs.
Despite the 12 saves by St. Mary’s goalkeepers, Abraham Clark's 19 shots on goal were too much to sustain, as the Rams cruised to their first victory of the season
“It is always big to get the first one,” Prochazka said. “I wouldn’t change anything at all [going forward].”
Abraham Clark looks to win its second consecutive game when its hosts Arthur L. Johnson in a conference showdown on Thursday at 4 p.m.