Superstorm Sandy put a dent in last week’s athletic schedule, but there were still several big games for teams at Haddon Township High School. Both soccer teams and the field squad competed in the Group 1 playoffs, with the boys’ soccer team extending its season. Meanwhile, the football team suffered a stinging defeat that knocked it out of playoff contention.
The boys’ soccer team is playing some of its best soccer at the perfect time and it has led them back to the Group 1 semifinals.
The Hawks had no problems in their quarterfinal matchup with No. 8 Glassboro, winning 5-0.
Kyle Wade and Rich Grim scored less than two minutes apart in the first half and Matt Charlton, Tyler Easterday and Mandescu added goals in the second half to seal the deal. No. 2 Haddon Township will host No. 6 Palmyra on Friday.
Haddon Township opened its Group 1 playoff run in impressive fashion, defeating No. 15 Maple Shade, 4-1.
The Hawks did all of their scoring in the first half, getting goals from Elzo Dunn, Rich Grim, Mario Mandescu and Bah Moo. Kyle Wade had a pair of assists, while Scott LaPan and Brendon Anderson combined to make seven saves. The victory set up a quarterfinal matchup with No. 10 Glassboro.
If the Hawks are able to make it all the way to the finals they may run into rival Haddon Heights. The Garnets have already advanced to the Group 1 semifinals with wins over Salem (4-0) and Audubon (1-0).
Haddon Township fell behind by a pair of goals in the first half and was unable to recover in a 4-1 loss to Pitman in the opening round of the Group 1 playoffs. The No. 10 seeded Hawks got their lone goal from Chrissy Ambrozy,
Haddon Heights is the favorite to win a Group 1 title, as the No. 1 seed and opened with a 6-0 win over Wildwood.
Haddon Township finished 9-10-1.
A furious rally by the No. 4 Hawks came up short and as a result the season is over for the Haddon Township field hockey team. Haddon Township fell behind 3-0 to No. 5 Maple Shade before getting a pair of goals in the final eight minutes in a 3-2 loss in the Central Jersey Group 1 quarterfinals. Sarah Gawrysiak had one goal and set up another by firing in a shot that was redirected into the cage by Julie Bridgeford. The Hawks created several more opportunities over the game’s final minutes, but were unable to capitalize.
“I’m sad that we didn’t pick it up and play like that the whole game, because I definitely think we could have won," Gawrysiak said. “I wish we had played like that sooner.”
The Hawks finished the season 14-4-2.
Haddon Township fell back to the .500 mark Saturday with a 38-0 loss to Woodbury. The Hawks had trouble slowing standout quarterback Anthony Averett, who did much of his work on the ground. Averett scored on runs of 35, 17 and 4 yards, while tailback Dwuan Martin added two scores on the ground and one on a 34-yard pass from Averett.
The Thundering Herd (7-1) are sitting pretty in the Group 1 playoffs as the No. 1 seed, while the loss dropped Haddon Township into 10th place in the power points and out of playoff contention.
The NJSIAA Sectional Championships were postponed due to the storm. The event will be made up this Saturday, at Delsea.