WARREN, NJ - Coming off their first win of the season, the Watchung Hills Warriors earned their second win in their home opener against Hillsborough.
Junior Sean Mullaney and Alec Orazietti led all Warriors with five points, scoring two and four goals respectively. Mullaney added three assists and Orazietti one in the team's 10-3 victory.
Watchung Hills was effective on offense, passing the ball around and giving many players opportunities. Seniors John Tekin and Ryan Cunningham added to the mix, as Tekin scored two goals and Cunningham one. Tyler Furlong and Frank Rica round off the Warriors' scoring, as Furlong accumulated a goal and assist and Rica an assist.
"The offense was extremely involved and we worked well together off-ball with many inside looks. We limited unforced turnovers and shot very efficiently," Mullaney remarked after the game.
The Warriors not only were dominant on the offensive side of the game, but their defense held Hillsborough to just three goals, the lowest Watchung Hills has held an opponent this season. Jordan Rothenberg, Josh LoGiudice and company forced many ground balls creating more possession time for the offense.
Goalie Jack Ayre held down the fort "Ayre tight" for the Warriors, holding Hillsborough scoreless through the first 17:59 of the game.
"Our mind frame going into today's game was to execute well on both sides of the game. I thought we did just that, allowing them to score only three goals and putting the ball in the net efficiently. We can still clean up things up on our clear and transition, but it still was a quality win," Ayre said.
The Warriors will be at home again Saturday, taking on Montville.