CHATHAM, NJ - When West Morris scored first and ran in front of the Cougar Nation crowd in celebration, it looked like it might be a rough night for the Chatham boys soccer team.
But Brian Guimond, Nicky DiMaggio and Chuck Bergman made sure that its fans would have a reason to cheer, providing the scoring power in Chatham's 3-2 win on Cougar Night played Friday.
Senior Guimond scored two goals, both on passes from DiMaggio, and Bergman scored what proved to be the decisive goal when he put in the rebound of a Guimond shot for a 3-1 Cougar advantage.
"We've been struggling when we're down first and I think we showed what we're made of," Guimond said. "We really had to fight the whole year. We need to instill the idea that we don't need the fan section to have this kind of play. We need to bring it day in and day out."
With West Morris up, 1-0, midfielder DiMaggio fed a nice touch pass through to Guimond, who put away his chance past the charging keeper for a 1-1 tie with 9:45 left in the first half.
"Nicky and I have been playing together for a while now and it's really working out," Guimond said.
The same combination worked again in the second half with Guimond running onto DiMaggio's through ball and scoring to make it 2-1.
"He was making all the runs," junior midfielder DiMaggio said. "It was all him. I just picked my head up and saw him in the open space and I played it to him."
Chatham boosted its lead to 3-1 with DiMaggio again feeding Guimond, who struck a rolling shot to the far post that the goalie saved. But Bergman raced in to knock in the rebound for the Cougars.
"If there was one real positive takeaway, it was the fact that we came back from that because that's not something we've been doing this year," Chatham coach Mark Maka said. "I was glad to see us go down a goal, fight back and find a way."
Center midfielder DiMaggio played all 80 minutes for the Cougars and was credited with two assists.
"I thought Nicky had his best match of the year," Maka said. "I thought he was really positive for us. He had a good match."