SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The Dayton girls soccer team is off to a successful season-opening start.
Junior midfielder Eliana McNamee scored on a penalty kick with 3:20 remaining to lift Dayton to a 1-0 victory over Delaware Valley, 1-0, last Saturday.
Senior goalie Jordan Sievert made eight saves for her second win of the season.
The win comes off a season-opening 6-3 road win at Union Catholic where the Bulldogs led 3-0 at halftime. Junior forward Ali Pinho scored three goals, senior forward Mia Eibschutz added two and McNamee posted another in the win.
“We knew it was very important this year to get a quick start this season," said Dayton head coach Matthew Lynch. "We played Union Catholic close last season, so we felt that we had a chance to be successful. Right after they scored to make the game, 3-2, but we came right back and scored 10 seconds after that to extend the lead. We have shown resiliency in the first game which is an important quality to have in the Mountain Division."
Lynch continued, saying, "Saturday was a challenging game versus Delaware Valley. We provided a lot of offensive pressure in the first twenty minutes but were unable to score. At halftime, I told my players that we were playing too defensively and need to return to how we played in the beginning of the game. I felt that we controlled the second half and got the win when Eliana (McNamee) scored on the penalty kick.”
Three games are on tap this week with two road games.
The Bulldogs host Governor Livingston on Mountain Avenue in a rare night game tomorrow at 6 p.m., visit Johnson in Clark Thursday at 4 p.m. and travel to Kent Place in Summit at 2 p.m. Saturday.
“We are excited about the next two games versus GL and Johnson because those two teams are always at the top of our division,” Lynch said. “These two games will show us where we are in the division and what we need to improve to continue this strong start.”