Gollin’s goal on OT lifts Dayton over Brearley

By Lou Monaco

Coming off a lackluster 5-1 season-opening setback at Johnson on Oct. 1, the Dayton girls’ soccer team needed a spark entering its home opener against rival Brearley on Tuesday.

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It received one from sophomore Taylor Gollin.

Gollin notched her first goal of the season on her left foot from 20 yards out five minutes into overtime to lift Dayton to a 2-1 victory over Brearley in Springfield.

“Taylor moved from an outside midfielder last season to a defensive midfielder this season.  She did a great job controlling the center of the field and there were many times that she stopped an attack and moved the ball up the field,” said Dayton head coach Matthew Lynch. “The game winning goal that she scored is a shot that she consistently scores on during practice.  Taylor trapped and possessed the ball when it was cleared by Brearley’s defense and put herself in a position to take that shot.  That was a big win for us.”

Senior Melanie Dos Santos of Brearley (0-1) opened the game’s scoring in the second half after the teams kept one another to a scoreless first half.

Dayton junior forward Fiona Manto responded with an unassisted goal with 23 minutes remaining to tie the game at 1-1 and force overtime, prior to Gollin’ heroics.

“Brearley played us tough in the first half.  At halftime, we talked about how we needed to possess the ball more and capitalize on some of our scoring opportunities.  We played a little too defensive in the beginning of the second half, which is when Brearley scored to take the lead,” said Lynch. “After the goal, we began to push up the field more, with our defenders making runs.  Fiona did a great job beating the keeper to the ball and chipping it over her head to tie the game.” 

Senior goalkeeper Alexandria Napolitano made five saves for the Bulldogs (1-1) as they outshot the Bears, 9-8.

“We knew that we have been playing well, however, it is very important to get that first win, which always gives any team confidence,” said Lynch. “I was very impressed on how we did not panic after Brearley scored and were able to come back and get the win.”

The Bulldogs return to action on Thursday at Elizabeth (0-1) with first kick at 4 p.m. and return home to Mountain Avenue to face Union Catholic on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 4:00 p.m.

Union Catholic defeated Elizabeth on the road, 1-0, Tuesday.