MORRISTOWN, NJ - Chatham boys soccer coach Mark Maka told his team it was "gut-check time" in the post-game huddle after two quick goals in the second half by Delbarton knocked the wind out of the Cougars in a 3-0 loss on Thursday at Ryan Field.
Maka's point was that his team shouldn't feel good about giving unbeaten Delbarton (5-0), ranked No. 1 in the state by NJ.com, a battle for 60 minutes of the 80-minute game.
"We were great for 60 minutes," Maka said. "Our first half we defended well and 20 minutes into the second half I thought we were the better team. We were pushing them, creating chances, and we give up a bad one on a restart."
Delbarton, which got two goals from Brendan McSorley and one from Curt Calov, broke up the scoreless tie with 15:35 left in the second half. Just 21 seconds later, the Green Wave struck again for a 2-0 lead.
"We played well for most of the game and that's not good enough," Maka said. "We've played well for most of our games and we're 2-2-2. We've got to be mentally tougher and deal with some of the setbacks a little bit better, and stay with things for 80 minutes.
"We shot ourselves in the foot by giving up that second goal so quickly. At halftime, we kind of addressed their movement on offense and it worked for us. For the first 20 minutes of the second half, we were on (the Delbarton) side of the field. I don't know if it's physically or mentally but we've got to figure out a way to play for 80 minutes."
Senior Ian Kagan gets off a shot in the second half for Chatham