SPRINGFIELD, NJ – On a cold and very rainy day, the fifth seed Jonathan Dayton boys soccer team advanced to the NJSIAA North 2, Group 1 Tournament final for the third year in a row by beating the number one seed New Providence High School in double overtime 2-1.
After the game Coach Fabiano said, “We played very well against a tough opponent. Our players created more opportunities and they played tough defense.” Thinking about what the team accomplished the coach said, “This is the third year in a row with made the finals and we made it with a lot of new players.”
At the beginning of the season, the coach talked about how the team was “reloading” with many new players on a team that won the NJSIAA tournament last year.
At 33 minutes and 49 seconds of the first half Anthony Nagy scored on an assist from Byrce Forys. At 14:03 of the second half New Providence tied the game on a goal by James Miller. At the 5:12 mark in the second overtime, Hunter Gollin scored with an assist from Diogo Barros from a corner kick by Bryce Forys.
Dayton took eleven shots on goal and New Providence took six shots on goal. The Bulldog’s goalie stopped five shots and Dillon Konzelman of New Providence stopped eight shots.
This was the third time this season the two teams met and the home team lost every game.
In Friday’s tournament final game, Dayton faces third seed Secaucus High School. Secaucus beat ten seed Ridgefield High School 5-0.
The Bulldogs are now 17-3-1 on the season.