NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence boy’s soccer team lost to Dayton, 1-0, in overtime on Monday afternoon at New Providence High School.
After a scoreless 80 minutes of play, Dayton ended the game in the sixth minute of overtime when Anthony Nagy pulled New Providence goalkeeper Dillon Konzelmann from the goal before passing the ball to Nico McNamee, who made the wide-open shot.
Dayton controlled the ball for the first 15 minutes of the game, keeping the action mostly on New Providence’s side of the field. Konzelmann kept the Pioneers (1-1) in the game, turning away all shots on goal that the Bulldogs sent his way. Konzelmann finished the day with 15 saves.
The Pioneers best shot at putting one in the net came on a long ball to Sebastian Everton, who was standing by himself in the middle of the field in Dayton territory. Everton had open space and, with three defenders closing in, took the shot but was unable to make solid contact on the ball. Dayton keeper William Hodic was easily able to handle the ball.
Throughout the game, Dayton’s best chances to score were on corner kicks, but the Pioneers were able to successfully defend each one of them. At one point in the second half, the Bulldogs had three corners in a row that they were unable to capitalize on.
The Pioneers were close to scoring in the second half after there was a miscommunication on the Dayton defense on a Konzelmann punt. All the defenders had their backs turned and Everton was close to getting a foot on the ball, but Hodic was able to safely punch the ball away.
New Providence will travel to Kenilworth on Wednesday to take on Brearley under the lights. Start time is set for 6 p.m.