MORRISTOWN – While the Morristown High School boys soccer team had a number of chances in Monday afternoon’s contest against Mount Olive at Greystone-Central Park
in Morris Plains, it ultimately settled for a scoreless draw after 100 minutes of soccer couldn’t decide a winner.
Morristown (1-1-1) showcased its ability to score goals in its first two games of the season – a season-opening win over Mendham and a loss to Chatham. But on Monday, the Colonials simply couldn’t finish when they had opportunities.
Morristown finished with a 22-7 edge in shots on goal, and while Mount Olive keeper Sebastian Moreno made some fantastic saves to keep the game scoreless, some shots
were also off target.
“Goalie (Jonathan Nicholson) played great, defense played great, everybody played great…just finding the back of the net, we couldn’t do it today,” said Morristown head
coach Diego Salas. “It’s like that sometimes.” Connor Manion, one of the captains for Morristown, had a great look in the early stages.
While that ball hit off the post, it was an omen for how the game would go for the Colonials.
Mount Olive struggled to generate many opportunities in the first half. A shot for Morristown’s Henry Acosta went wide later in the half and the Colonials had a number of looks but the score remained 0-0 after one half. Camilo Loaiza, who was aggressive on the offensive end throughout the contest, had a free kick look for Morristown early in the second half, but Moreno made a spectacular save to keep the game scoreless.
Later in the half, Jordan Viotto had a shot go just wide on a penalty kick. While Moreno guessed the wrong direction, Viotto shot went wide to the right.
“Breakaways, PKs, we had a little bit of everything,” Salas said. “We were unlucky today.”
Loaiza had two other chances later on in the second half – but his first strike was deflected and the second sailed high of the goal. After 80 minutes couldn’t decide a winner, both teams looked for a golden-goal opportunity.
And while both teams saw chances and had corner kicks in the OT periods, a 0-0 game was the ultimate result. Salas said this game would be a learning experience for his squad.
“The importance of putting away our chances early,” he said of the takeaways from the game. “(Mount Olive) had one chance in the second overtime, and our goalie made a spectacular save. I told them that’s why putting away our chances early – we won’t have to worry about our goalie making a spectacular save.”