CHATHAM, NJ - When it comes to tie games, one team usually feels a little bit better about the outcome when it's over.
The Cougars had reason to feel good about the way they played on Friday when Chatham came away with a 2-2 overtime boys soccer tie with Morristown, thanks to goals by Remi Ufheil and Gabe Toledo, at Cougar Field.
"I thought we deserved the win today for sure," Chatham coach Mark Maka said. "I think we sorted some things from Wednesday (2-1 OT loss to Montville). We got some better play from the wide areas, which is something we talked about after our first game."
One wide player who made an impact was junior Gabe Toledo, who set up his own penalty kick goal and created a number of scoring opportunities for Chatham (0-1-1), such as the one shown in the video below.
Morristown moved to a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute when the Colonials were awarded a penalty kick and Diego Izaguirre converted the chance. The Cougars came back to tie the game on a great individual effort by senior defender Remi Ufheil.
"I got the ball on the counter-attack," Ufheil said. "We missed a chance but I got the follow up, dribbled in and just finished it (see below).
"It was a little unfair in the beginning when they got a PK that wasn't a PK. We played really good, much better than the first game and this is just positive to take to the next game."
Late in the first half, Toledo broke into the box and was tripped from behind, drawing the penalty kick (see below).
Toledo puts away the ensuing penalty kick (see video below) to give Chatham a 2-1 edge with 3:50 left in the first half. The lead, however, lasted just 26 seconds as Izaguirre scored to make it a 2-2 game for Morristown.
"They did a nice job of countering us when we gave up possession in some bad spots," Maka said. "We did better with that as the game went on. But a good team with good individual players will punish you."
Chatham had the better chances to break the tie in the second half, including a move to the goal by Miles Robertson (see video below) before he was knocked off his feet, and a shot that was just wide by a hustling Owen McClintock (see video below).
COUGAR NOTES: Senior central defender Ufheil's goal was the second of his career and the first since his sophomore season ... midfielder Peter Tolkin, who scored in the season opener, had to leave the game with 15:18 left in the second half because of leg cramps. "Not having a preseason kills you," Maka said. "How many guys went down with cramps today?" ... Cougars hit the road on Tuesday with a 4:30 p.m. game at West Morris.