CHATHAM, NJ - It was just one of those days for Chatham boys soccer, as the team found itself down early in an eventual 5-0 loss to Delbarton, the top ranked team in New Jersey.
Chatham had allowed two goals before fans could really get settled in, putting Chatham in a difficult position right out of the gate.
“We gave them two goals in the opening five minutes of the game,” Chatham coach Mark Maka said. “You can’t do that against Delbarton.”
A third goal came for Delbarton at around the midpoint of the first half to give them a 3-0 lead which they would take to halftime. Chatham was able to muster one scoring chance near the end of the first half but the Delbarton defense thwarted the attack.
The second half was more of the same, with the Green Wave scoring two more goals, one of which came off a direct free kick from 25-yards out which gave them a 4-0 lead at the time. The second goal came just over two minutes later for Delbarton, making it a 5-0 score.
Despite their struggles, Maka still saw some little things within the game that he took away as positives.
“I thought we actually put ourselves into decent positions at times defensively,” Maka said. “We just couldn’t win the individual battles.”
Maka was also pleased with some of his players who, despite the score, still played hard until the final whistle.
“I thought there were a couple of individuals who kept working hard for the team and kept pushing themselves,” he said.
However, in the grand scheme of things, Maka was disappointed with the outcome, as any coach would
after this kind of defeat.
“We don’t have, right now on this team, the mentality to fight through some of the more challenging moments in our season,” Maka said. “That’s been the frustrating part right now.”
Chatham’s Harrison Shi and Andrea Chevalier both looked in their element for Chatham, with Shi contesting on each Delbarton attack and Chevalier trying to get the Cougar offense going. With this loss behind them, Maka now wants to get his team focused for their next match on Thursday against Mount Olive.