NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The efforts of both John Vetter on offense and Michael Zamora in goal helped New Providence to a 2-0 victory over Arthur L. Johnson High School at Lieder Field on Tuesday.
The outcome greatly differs from the last time these two clubs met, when the Crusaders pummeled the Pioneers 4-0.
"I believe we talked more, we had a bit more fluidity in the game," New Providence goalie Michael Zamora said. "And scoring goals, scoring goals is definitely what helped us."
After an uneventful and scoreless first half, it looked as if Johnson controlled the tempo in the first few minutes of the second half, but that quickly changed.
15 minutes into half, James Burke took a long free kick and passed to John Vetter. Vetter took the ball from the edge of the 18-yard box, weaved around the defender, and blasted it past the goalie.
"We were still making silly mistakes and I think they just concentrated a little bit more and it kind of just came together," Pioneer head coach Teddy Niedielski said.
After the goal, the Pioneer defense stepped up to stop the Crusaders' late goal scoring efforts.
In the last few minutes of the game, Zamora was peppered with shots but was up for the challenge.
"As a goalie you always just got to keep your head, " the Senior keeper said. "You know it's coming."
Zamora tallied 13 saves in the shutout.
The New Providence offense tacked on another goal from James Marriot in stoppage time to secure the victory.
The Pioneers (4-9) eye a three-game win streak on Thursday as they travel to Plainfield to face the Cardinals (6-6-2) while Johnson (4-8-1) heads back home to Clark to battle the Lions of Roselle Catholic (9-5).