CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham girls soccer team fought the oppressive heat, an offside trap by its opponent and a general feeling of frustration in missing some great scoring opportunities.
The good news is that none of that mattered in the final score as undefeated Chatham won its fourth straight with a 4-0 win over Columbia on Wednesday at Cougar Field.
Lizzie O'Neill and Kayleigh Coughlin talk about the win and their goals
"I thought we continued on well from Monday’s game (win over West Morris)," Chatham coach Gary Adair said. "Battling and fighting to get ourselves on the ball and create a lot of good scoring chances. It’s important we keep the same mindset and keep pushing forward to Friday (against Roxbury)."
Senior Lizzie O'Neill converted her breakaway chance (see below) to give Chatham (4-0) a 1-0 lead heading into halftime before the Cougars broke it open with goals by Kayleigh Coughlin, Elizabeth Droner and Olivia Garman in the second half.
In the second half, the Cougars showed some real determination to keep possession of the ball, leading to sophomore Coughlin's well-placed strike into the opposite corner below for a 2-0 lead.
Junior Doner showed some true grit when she regained possession, dribbled into the box and beat the keeper to the short side (see below) for a 3-0 Chatham advantage.
Junior defender Garman came forward to neatly place a header (see below) into the net off a restart taken by Grace Van Sciver to cap the scoring.