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Bergman, Guimond, DiMaggio Spark Chatham Offense in Cougar Night Boys Soccer Win Over West Morris

Chuck Bergman scored Chatham's third goal in the 3-2 win on Cougar Night Credits: Tommy Shi
Chatham boys soccer won on Cougar Night, 3-2 over West Morris Credits: Tommy Shi
Chatham midfielder Nicky DiMaggio ended the game with two assists Credits: Tommy Shi
Chatham midfielder Andrea Chevalier shields the ball Credits: Tommy Shi
Brian Guimond ran down through balls from Nicky DiMaggio to score two goals for Chatham Credits: Tommy Shi
Brian Guimond turns in celebration after scoring his first goal to tie the game Credits: Tommy Shi
Chatham senior goalie Peter DeMaria looks to pass up field Credits: Tommy Shi
Chatham senior goalie Peter DeMaria Credits: Tommy Shi
Chatham goalie Peter DeMaria celebrates a Cougar goal Credits: Tommy Shi
Chatham's Aeden Joel challenges for the ball Credits: Tommy Shi
Chatham players Jameson Shi and Ryan Chase challenge for possession Credits: Tommy Shi
Ryan Chase fights for possession while Aeden Joel comes in to provide support for Chatham Credits: Tommy Shi
Marlon Kripzak races forward with the ball for Chatham Credits: Tommy Shi

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.

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"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."

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