SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Freshman forward Gabby Palermo scored a first-half goal and senior midfielder Carina Servello, sophomore midfielder Eliana McNamee and sophomore forward Ali Pinho each added scores in the second half to power Dayton to a 4-1 home victory over Linden last Saturday.

Dayton (1-6-1), which is coming off a 10-10-1 season a year ago and a semifinal appearance in the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 1 tournament, saw its six-game losing streak snapped and posted its highest offensive output of the season.

“My players have been working extremely hard all season and have been improving in every game. We moved into a very challenging Mountain Division in the Union County Conference this year and have been competing at a high level. It was nice to get that first win of the season because we played well in all aspects of the game versus Linden,” said Dayton head coach Matthew Lynch. “We scored on two breakaways, a corner kick and with short passing inside the eighteen. The offense did a great job of keeping possession of the ball on Linden’s side of the field, which created many scoring opportunities. Our defense was solid by only allowing one goal on Saturday.”

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Sophomore back MacKensie Barret scored on a penalty kick in the final minute of the game for Linden (0-8).

This week, Dayton looks to keep its momentum with a tough four-game road trip at Union Catholic (4-4-0) on Tuesday, at Middlesex Thursday, at Hillside (10/9) and at Kent Place (10/11).

“In our first game versus Union Catholic (a 4-3 loss at home 9/17), we scored two goals early in the game and played extremely well. Unfortunately, we lost in overtime, however, we look forward to having the opportunity to get a win at Union Catholic,” said Lynch. “I’m very optimistic that we will continue to play at a high level offensively and defensively throughout the rest of the season.”