NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Rahway's Dylan Santos netted two goals, including the game-winner in double overtime, as the Indians topped New Providence, 3-2, at Leider Field on Thursday afternoon.
Rahway avenged their early season loss to the Pioneers in the beginning of the season by getting on the board early thanks to the magnificent shot taken by Rahway striker Dylan Santos in the 11th minute. From 15-yards out, he rifled the ball off his right foot, off the back post and into the net.
“Rahway is a tough team,” New Providence goalie Michael Zamora said. “They are one of the best in the conference and we were able to hang with them.”
Despite being down a goal in the early stages of the game, the Pioneers were able to net an equalizer in the 23rd minute. Senior John Vetter crossed the ball at midfield to junior James Marriot who blew by the Rahway defense and blasted the ball past Indian goalie Billy French.
Going into the second half, it seemed as if New Providence had momentum, but it was quickly relinquished when Giovani Aguirre of Rahway scored a goal in the first minute of the second frame off a deflection in front of the goal.
However, the persistency of the Pioneers led to a free kick in the 67th minute just outside the 18-yard box. Sophomore midfielder Sean Regan then delivered a perfect cross with a soft touch that was put in the back of the net thanks to the foot of defender Matt Mondelli.
With the score tied at two, the teams went into sudden-victory overtime.
“In the previous years, we wouldn’t have come back from being down twice in the game,” New Providence head coach Teddy Niedzielski said. “So I was pleased that we were able to do that.”
After the first overtime was played without a score, it took Santos a matter of moments to net the game winner to give the Indians the 3-2 victory.
“It was our first overtime game of the year so our kids didn’t really know what to expect,” Niedzielski said. “I think we were in a little better shape than the other team but in the end we didn’t come out with the win.”
“We played a good game today, we just couldn’t come out with the victory,” Zamora said. “There are still a lot of positives we could still take out of this game today, despite the loss.”
New Providence looks to bounce back on Saturday in the first round of the Union County Tournament in Union at 2:30 p.m., while Rahway matches up with Plainfield on Tuesday.