CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham girls soccer coach Gary Adair had no problem boiling his team's sixth straight victory down to the basics on Tuesday at Haas Field.
"Look at the goals we scored," Adair said. "We showed our ability to find the open person and if the open person is Elizabeth Droner, you're in good shape."
Sophomore Paige Droner finished the game with three assists, and her older sister, senior attacking midfielder, Elizabeth Droner, wound up with two goals and an assist as undefeated Chatham overwhelmed Montville, 4-1.
"We played well," Adair said. "We were composed on the ball and connected with our passes. We just have to keep going. We beat Montville the first time and all these games now are proving that the first game wasn't a fluke. We beat Morristown, 3-2. Now we have to prove it isn't a fluke and hopefully perform at our best (Friday)."
Elizabeth Droner showed that she's almost always within scoring distance when she scored twice in the second half - both on passes from Paige Droner - with strikes from beyond the penalty area. Her first bounced past the goalie and into the far side of the net for a 2-0 lead (see below). Her second goal was a few yards further out and pushed the lead to 3-0.
Montville broke up the shutout bid with a goal by Bella Vito with 3:30 left. Paige Droner was credited with her third assist of the game when she lifted a ball into the box that Caitriona Logsdon headed into the net with just five seconds left to complete the scoring.'
Paige Droner, Elizabeth Droner and Caitriona Logsdon talk about the win
Chatham opened the scoring in the 13th minute off a corner kick. Elizabeth Droner took the kick and Straka managed to get her head on the ball and it bounced off a Montville player and into the far side of the goal (see below).
A few minutes later, Straka made a bid to for her another goal when she volleyed a left-foot strike off the post (see below).
COUGAR NOTES: Senior Caitriona Logsdon became the ninth different Chatham player to score this season when she knocked in a header off a pass from Paige Droner with just five seconds left vs. Montville. The Cougars are averaging three goals per game, having outscored their opponents, 19 to 6. The other players who have scored so far for Chatham: sophomore Ashley Kiernan (4 goals, 2 assists), senior Olivia Garman (2 goals), sophomore Remmey McEnroe (2 goals), senior Elizabeth Droner (4 goals, 7 assists), junior Kayleigh Coughlin (2 goals) freshman Leigha Matter (1 goal), junior Audrey Van Wie (1 goal) and Sophie Straka (2 goals, 3 assists) .. Chatham plays host to Morristown, 4 p.m. Friday at Haas.