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first_imgJunior defensive end Chris Swenson (Aberdeen/St. John Vianney) of the Muhlenberg College football team received the “Dig In” Award from the coaching staff for outstanding contribution to the Mules’ 24-17 win against William Paterson. Swensen was a key part of a defense that held the Pioneers to 32 rushing yards on 32 attempts. He made four tackles, including a sack for an eight-yard loss, and contributed to a game-clinching sack when he forced the Paterson quarterback from the pocket on fourth down from the four-yard line in the last two minutes. Swensen also forced a fumble in the game. In his first year as a starter, Swensen has six tackles in two games for the 2-0 Mules. The MOSA (Monmouth Ocean Soccer Association) National 2 Hazlet Finesse U12 girls soccer team traveled to Jackson Township to compete in the Jackson Summer Classic the weekend of Aug. 25. In the early morning hours, the Finesse met their first opponent, the Toms River Sting, which resulted in an exciting 3-3 tie. Hazlet’s second game of the day brought the Hibernian XCEL to the field, where the Finesse were met with their most physical encounter of the tournament. This challenging game ended in a 4-1 Finesse loss, with the Hibernian XCEL working toward securing first place in the tournament. Day two saw a refreshed Finesse team armed with the skills to prove they should not be dismissed from contention. Hazlet met with the Toms River Wildcats, resulting in a 4-0 shutout for the victorious Finesse squad. With second place up for grabs, Hazlet needed an additional win to secure it. Their last game, by all reports, was the most exciting game of the tournament. The Finesse matched skills with Howell United’s S.C. Stars. This intense game was tied 0-0 until the 59th minute when Hazlet released a deadly strike which ultimately awarded them second place. Hazlet traveled to Marlboro on Sept. 10 to take on the Marlboro Sparks Gold in their 2006 MOSA National 2 fall season opener. Fired up and ready to start the season, Hazlet took to scoring quickly in the game. The first half concluded with the Finesse ahead 3-1. The second half proved to be more challenging. The Marlboro Sparks Gold were not going down easy and quickly came back to life, scoring three goals of their own, but the Finesse defense rallied, awarding Hazlet the 5-4 victory at the final whistle. Sept. 17 took the Finesse to Phillips Park, where they matched skills with the Old Bridge Revolution. The determined Hazlet squad scored their first goal in less than two minutes of play. The Finesse continued to control the game with several attempted strikes on goal with only two returned attempts by the Revolution. The first half of this action-packed game concluded with Hazlet leading 1-0. Returning to the field in the second half with sharpened precision, the Finesse struck again, scoring their second goal in less than two minutes of play. Hazlet’s defense displayed extraordinary skill in limiting Old Bridge’s strikes on goal to merely one failed attempt. Despite field conditions not being their best due to the heavy rains of Friday, the balanced efforts of the Hazlet Finesse offense and defense were key in contributing to their 5-0 win, Hazlet’s second victory of the fall season. The U12 MOSA National 2 Hazlet Finesse players are Maggie Bellone, Angela Blasco, Amy Boehler, Taylor Buonocore, Ashley DeSousa, Jenny Drapkin, Jordan Fleming, Jessica Helmstetter, Rebecca Labringer, Erica Lencsak, Caroline Mulvey, Meredith Parleman, Stephanie Sparacino, Kaila Santa Cruz, Kylie Whalen and KaylaZajonc. The Finesse players are coached by Jim Benoit and Randy Boehler.last_img read more