SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Coming off of a multi-game losing streak, the Jonathan Dayton Boys Soccer team needed to step up and find a spark against the Verona Hillbillies. Patrick Machado would be the one to provide it.
Machado scored just under seven minutes into the match, a goal that would stand as the eventual game-winner. The score remained 1-0 through halftime, but goals from Ian Drogowitz, Machado and Dillon Nelson in the second half would be enough to secure the win in a 4-0 final.
Goalie Andrew Sprague was perfect for Dayton, turning aside all the Verona shots he faced.
After the game, head coach Felix Fabiano said he was happy with the result his team showed, especially after losing to Elizabeth by the same margin.
"We're coming back from three defeats [in a row] "Fabiano said. "[We were] missing some key players, we got a couple back, and it makes all the difference. When we have the whole team, we could lose, we could win, but we are very competitive."
"You can't build a house from the top," Fabiano added. "You have to build the house from the foundation. So if you have a good defense, then things come into play."
Machado also spoke with TAPinto post-game, and said the victory was a major emotional boost to the team.
"It's honestly awesome, because we've been a little down lately," Machado said. "But this win against Verona is gonna pick us up. Hopefully we're gonna keep on our winning streak and just continue winning."
Machado also noted that the team was able to hang on to the ball for large stretches of game time, something they have not been doing consistently this season.
"We were thinking of doing possession, the same thing we've been doing the whole game. Today we played a lot of possession, and it was awesome the way we played."
Dayton returns to action tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 p.m. in a home contest against Arthur L Johnson High School in Clark.