CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham boys soccer team won't get another crack at undefeated Delbarton, ranked No. 1 in the state by NJ.com, this season after its 4-2 loss to the Green Wave on Tuesday at rainy Cougar Field.
But the third loss to the Green Wave in 2019 may have provided some hope for next year.
One player expected back, sophomore Ryan Johnsen, came off the bench to score a goal and then set up a goal by senior Daniel Witthuser, slicing the Delbarton lead to 3-2 with 5:47 showing on the clock.
Delbarton (17-0-1) put the game away late with its second penalty kick of the game.
Johnsen started Chatham's climb back from a 3-0 deficit when he headed in Patrick Conte's cross in the second half (see below).
"We were down 3-0, but we didn't stop," Johnsen said. "The main thing was to keep working and that paid off with two goals and we were right back in it. It shows how we can play with anybody."
Johnsen set up the second goal with his cross in front of the goal that Witthuser finished at the back post.
Chatham senior midfielder Nick Suter made a bid to give the Cougars a lead in th first half with a drive that clanged off the crossbar (see below).