CHATHAM, NJ - There was no raining on Chatham's parade of goals on Friday against Morristown.
The rain started to fall at the start of the game and the Chatham boys soccer team thrived in the conditions, building a three-goal lead before holding on for 4-3 win at Cougar Field.
Senior Ian Kagan scored on a restart by sophomore Brian Babovic, before sophomore Gabe Toledo, junior Nick Jones and Babovic all scored their first career goals in the second half to help clinch it for Chatham (2-0).
Some bounces definitely went Chatham's way in this one, but the plays were in the keeping of the mantra by Cougar coach Mark Maka about not giving up on any play because an odd bounce may lead to a goal.
"I'm not going to call those goals lucky," Maka said. "I think a lot of it is the team that works the hardest is going to get the result. They worked hard, we worked hard. We were rewarded by not giving up on the play."
Chatham struck first when Babovic lifted a free kick over a wall of players and Kagan raced in to redirect a header past the keeper (see below) in the 27th minute.
Toledo got his first career goal in surprising fashion when he sent the ball in front and it slipped under the foot of teammate Ryan Johnson and into the far side of the net (see below).
Morristown (1-1) struck a minute later, getting a goal from Henry Acosta to cut its deficit to 2-1. But Jones responded with one of those who-wants-it-more goals when Cougar Nick Kaisand headed a ball that a Colonial defender knocked off the crossbar before Jones beat the goalie to the ball, heading it home (see below).
Babovic culminated his big game by producing the most eye-pleasing goal of the game with a 22-yard volley. The play started with a corner kick that was headed out by a Morristown defender before Babovic struck it home (see below).
Morristown made for some anxious moments for Chatham with a goal by David Farmer and then one with 1:25 showing from Jordan Viotto to make it a one-goal game.
Super sophomores Gabe Toledo and Brian Babovic talk about their first career goals