NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Three different Dayton players tallied second-half goals as the Bulldogs toppled New Providence, 3-0, Thursday afternoon at Lieder field.
After a first half where Dayton only had two shots on goal and New Providence couldn’t muster anything offensively, the Bulldogs really turned it around in the second half.
“The inability to score definitely puts us down,” New Providence senior goalie Mike Zamora said.
In the second half, it didn’t take long for Dayton to get on the scoreboard. After a ball was cleared out of bounds behind the goal, Dayton was awarded a corner kick. A beautiful cross was sent in and headed into the back of the net by Bulldog senior Jose Manjuvar in the 47th minute.
“I think we made just one little error on that corner kick on the first goal,” said New Providence head coach Teddy Niedzielski. “After that, we kind of lost our edge.”
After a few chances on net by Pioneer striker John Vetter, Dayton gained possession, broke down the New Providence defense, and Reese Peterson of Dayton buried a shot in the top right corner to double the Bulldogs' lead in the 62nd minute.
Moments later, Matt Pacheco finished a header that blew past Zamora to put the game out of reach.
“We need to pick up our scoring,” said Niedzielski. “We can dominate in spurts but we need to convert.”
With the loss, New Providence dropped to 5-11-1 while Dayton improved to 10-8.
With the regular season coming to a close for New Providence, the Pioneers can look ahead to the state playoffs. Receiving the No. 8 seed in the tournament, they will take on Glen Ridge on Tuesday, where the winner will travel to Kenilworth to take the No. 1 seed Brearley.
“Everything’s different in states,” said Zamora. “It’s win or go home.”