CHATHAM, NJ - Chris Quiceno pounced on a mistake in the second half and converted it into a goal, boosting Morristown to a 2-1 boys soccer victory over Chatham on Thursday.
The last time these two teams met last fall, Chatham upset Morristown, 1-0, in the state sectional semifinal round. Morristown (3-2) gained a small measure of revenge in this one by handing Chatham (3-1) its first loss.
Chris Beeck's goal in the second minute of the second half had given the Colonials a 1-0 lead. A throw-in by Morristown had been punched out by Chatham goalie Henry Stusnick, but Beeck collected the loose ball and hit a well-placed shot into the lower left side of the net.
In the 56th minute of action, Quiceno gave Morristown a 2-0 advantage. Chatham had thrown the ball back to its keeper, Stusnick. Quiceno rushed in to steal the ball and send it into and open net for his first goal of the year.
"It was a mistake on the goalie's part and I capitalized," Quiceno said. "Coach always tells us to pressure and I did. He made a mistake and I was there."
Chatham ruined the shutout bid by Colonial keeper Alan Maldonado on a goal by Tristan LeMon with just 25 seconds left. Brian Graham lifted a free kick on goal and Maldonado blocked it. But LeMon was there to head in the reboun for Chatham.
Morristown coach Brian Kiernan noted that revenge wasnt the only thing on his team's mind entering the game.
"It was definitely in the back of our minds, but not the front," Kiernan said. "In terms of some goals regarding fundamentals, especially possession, we accomplished that."
Senior defender Eric Wyss talks about victory over Chatham in video below