SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The Jonathan Dayton Bulldogs had to wait for over an hour to start their game, after Ridgefield Memorial High School was late showing up.
Once the game started, they were more than ready to rumble. Dayton Exploded for four goals in the first half, en route to a 5-0 victory. Patrick Machado recorded a hat trick in the victory, and Jagger Kebea and Aiden Forys also scored a goal apiece. Machado also had his third goal in the second half.
Speaking after the game Machado and Hunter Gollin both spoke about what the team did well in both Tuesday's contest and the past few games.
"My team was passing around the ball beautifully," Machado said. "All the goals that i scored were because of my team passing perfectly."
Machado also mentioned that Ridgefield had been trying to work an offsides trap, which Dayton was easily able to burst through, leading to the high offensive output.
"We took advantage of their faulty offsides trap, and we scored five goals," Machado added.
Dayton has now held opponents scoreless in the past few games, which Coach Felix Fabiano and others in the program were quick to point out when praising the defense. Gollin spoke about what it was the team did well on the back end to avoid being scored on.
"It's very important that we're solid in the back," Gollin said. "And that's not only because our defenders are good, it's because we're keeping the ball up top. Our midfielders are distributing well, not losing the ball in bad spots...that's why we have the shutout streak."
Dayton will be back in action at home on Friday in the next round of states versus Whippany Park.