CHATHAM, NJ - Exactly one week after its worst defeat of the season, the Chatham boys soccer team had a rematch with Mendham and the result was not much better.
The Cougars gave up two early goals and finished with a 3-0 loss to the Minutemen on Friday at Cougar Field. The Friday before, it was a 4-0 road loss to the same undefeated team from Mendham, now 5-0.
It was the fourth shutout defeat of the season for Chatham (2-4), which has been outscored, 12-3, in six games.
Any thoughts of a Chatham upset were deflated early when Calvin Ryan scored just 1:42 into the action to make it 1-0 for Mendham. In the seventh minute, Ryan scored again for a 2-0 lead. Ryan's older brother, Stephen, completed the scoring with a goal early in the second half.
"It's terrible to give away goals the way we did," Chatham coach Mark Maka said. "We have to do everything better. We're not connecting passes. Defensively, there are holes all over the place. We have a real issue with winning individual battles.
"We're going to continue to work and sort it out. They're a good team, but I'll still say right now that we're just as good as them. The day I stop believing our team can win is the day I stop coaching. If I go into the game conceding that we will lose, I have to reevaluate my role here. Despite two games and losing by a 7-nil aggregate, I still believe we can beat that team. No doubt in my mind. We're missing some heart right now. That's what we're really missing."
Ryan Chase puts a header on goal for Chatham off a cross by Aiden Carney for Chatham
Aiden Carney puts a ball in front for Chatham vs. Mendham