SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Senior forward Chito Jaykwaan scored three goals with two assists and junior midfielder/forward Ian Drogowitz and junior forward/midfielder Jagger Kebea added two goals apiece to power top-seeded Dayton to a 12-0 victory over 16-seeded West Caldwell Tech in the first round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 1 tournament in Springfield Monday.
Dayton (11-5-1), which is 3-1-1 in its last five games and 9-2-1 in its last 12, will host eighth-seeded Palisades Park (9-10-1) in the quarterfinals Thursday on Mountain Avenue with a scheduled start time of 4 p.m.
Palisades Park, which has won two of its last three and four of its last seven games, upended ninth-seeded Weehawken, 6-1, Monday as senior midfielder Adel Durakovictallied three goals with an assist and senior forward Angel Valdezposted two scores to advance.
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“We try to take it one game at a time and we are very happy to be where we are,” said Dayton head coach Felix Fabiano. “The expectations at the beginning of the season were much lower for us, having graduated 13 players (eight of which were starters) and being moved to the Union County Conference-Mountain Division. There were certainly some big changes that were in front of us. The team is young and still adapting to our soccer style but we are improving with each game. We have been competitive in almost every game and we lost two games in the regular season in the final few seconds. We have accomplished much more than what we anticipated.”
Freshman forward Dillon Nelson had one goal and dished out three assists and junior midfielder David Tijan, senior back Evan Berkowitz, junior midfielder Spencer Gary and freshman midfielder James Garcia each contributed a score each for the Bulldogs, which now has posted its 19thstraight winning season.
Sophomore goalie Cole Kebea had one save for the shutout.
The winner of Thursday’s matchup will advance to the sectional semifinals and will face the winner between 12th-seeded Whippany Park at fourth-seeded Glen Ridge on Monday, Nov. 5.
“Right now, we are healthy and ready to go. The players are excited and we are playing a team that had a very convincing win in the first round, so we know they certainly can score,” said Fabiano. “We’ll play our game. The kids are ready.”