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Girls' Soccer Shows Their Support with Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Game


Valley Echo Banner  Devyn DiPasquale'21
25 October 2019

Every October our Hornet sports teams hold Breast Cancer Awareness games to honor those who have survived, those who are fighting, and those who have not survived. Girls' Soccer hosted their annual game against Cedar Grove on October 5th to emphasize that, in October, our teams play for an additional goal. Soccer Breast Cancer Game; Property of Taylor Hill

The game, held at 2 pm, was the Hornets' and Cedar Grove's fifth annual Breast Cancer Awareness game. Their motto this year was "Our Hornet Family Fights Together." 

"The intensity and atmosphere of the game was just amazing," said Junior Goalie Madison Leech. "Everyone was so into the game and excited to not only play the game, but honor the fight that others have gone through."

Junior Midfielder Taylor Hill added,"It's an honor to be a part of something that's doing so much for others."

At the game, the Hornets held a ceremony to acknowledge survivors and remember those who have passed. This year the game's scope was broadened from breast cancer awareness to other types of cancer as well. While some of the Hornets were accompanied by family members whom they were honoring at the game, community members, PV alumni, staff, and Cedar Grove players were welcome to have their loved ones acknowledged during the ceremony. 

"I have been truly honored to be included in the cancer awareness ceremonies the past three years [including this year] at the Passaic Valley soccer game versus Cedar Grove," said Madison Leech's mother, Dotti Leech who was recognized during the Hornets' pre-game ceremony.  "These games are important not only to Passaic Valley, but all across the world. There are so many people affected with cancer and doctors are able to help more people each day because of the money being raised for cancer research. I thank Passaic Valley for helping raise funds which are donated to this amazing organization."Awaiting the start of the match; property of Taylor Hill

In preparation for the game, the players designed uniforms that featured their slogan, "Our Hornet Family Fights Together," and adorned a plethora of pink accessories. The girls decorated the bleachers and the field with balloons and signs supporting the cause. The Hornets also gave out noise-makers to the crowd so that everybody could be involved in the excitement throughout the game. In addition, specially designed T-shirts were sold as afundraiser for cancer research.

"The energy of the game could be felt in everyone who was there. The players on the field put so much personal energy into the game that it rolled over into the stands," concluded Ms. Leech. "The girls from both teams gave the fans an intense game to watch, but the best part of the game was when the Hornets pulled out the win 3 to 1!"

The girls ended up winning the game, however, these games are a way for our athletes to show their passion for a cause greater than mere wins and losses. "This game is so important because it's one of our highlights throughout the season and the girls look forward to it every year, " says Girls' Soccer Coach Kathleen Berthold. "Not to mention, the most significant part of it is to spread awareness for breast cancer during the month of October."