A fitting tribute

first_imgAbove, Rutgers’ Ryan Breznitsky is slide-tackled by St. John’s Adam Himeno during the showcase game of the Doug Hamilton Memorial Soccer Classic in Hazlet Saturday night. At left, Hazlet’s Adam Elliot, 8 (l), and Quinton Bivians battle for possession of the ball during one of the evening’s youth games, while below, Middletown United’s Tara Mulvey, 10, moves the ball up the field during her team’s youth game. On a night honoring the memory of one of the local soccer community’s greatest contributors, soccer players of all ages took the fields of Raritan High School in Hazlet on Saturday. The first annual Doug Hamilton Memorial Soccer Classic, held by the Hazlet United Soccer Association, drew fans for a variety of games and clinics held throughout the day. The highlight of the event was a game played between the Rutgers University and St. John’s University mens teams, while as many as 16 local youth teams also had their chance to shine in a series of quick match-ups. Hamilton, 43, who passed away suddenly in March 2006 of heart complications, starred on the Raritan High School soccer team (class of 1981), and played as a child for his hometown club; Hazlet United S.A. PHOTOS BY CHRIS KELLY staff His contributions to the sport, on both a local and national level, made him a respected figure throughout the soccer community, leading to the formation of this event in his honor. With his passion for the sports serving as the inspiration, Saturday’s event served as a fitting tribute to a beloved local legend.last_img

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