SUMMIT. NJ - Despite two goals from Darryl Martin, the Summit boys varsity soccer team surrendered a goal in the first session of overtime and fell to Gov. Livingston, 3-2.
Summit won the possession battle on the Upper High school pitch, but the match see-sawed back and forth, with the Hilltoppers having the lead twice only to get pegged back on both occasions by Gov. Livingston. Martin opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, accepting a pass on the right side of the penalty area, turning quickly and firing a low shot past the goalkeeper. Chris Marzo scored to pull the Highlanders level, only to see Martin collect a loose ball and slot home in the 60th minute.
Leading, 2-1, the turning point came as Summit was unable to finish several chances that likely would have sealed the match, most notably striker Eric Reyes rounding his defender only to see his off-balance. left-footed shot get a piece of the goalkeeper and then the woodwork. Martin was there for the rebound, but saw his shot saved on the goal line.
The Hilltoppers would rue their missed opportunities, as Governor Livingston leveled the match in the 68th minute as Trevor Backert scored off a corner kick. Both sides had chances in the closing minutes, but the full-time whistle sounded with the match even at 2-2.
Six minutes into the first extra session, a free kick into the Summit penalty area came loose, and Governor Livingston's Tiago Piava tapped home in the scramble. Summit Head Coach Chris Yager acknowledged that his side's inability to tally another goal when leading in the second half was the difference in the match. "We didn't put the match away. Another goal when we were up 2-1 would have given us a cushion, allowed us to play a little bit."
The Hilltoppers return to action Tuesday as they take on Johnson of Clark on the road. The match kicks off at 7 p.m.