SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The Dayton boys soccer team opened its season in exciting fashion last Thursday.

Senior midfielder David Tjan scored with just three minutes remaining in the second overtime to lift Dayton to a come-from-behind 2-1 home victory over rival New Providence in the season opener for both schools.

Senior forward Mark Elek scored off an assist from sophomore forward Christian Muller just five minutes into the first half to give New Providence (0-2) a 1-0 halftime lead.

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Senior forward Patrick Machado tied the game for Dayton (1-0) with just four minutes remaining in the second half to lead to Tjan heroics.

Tjan and senior midfielder Ian Drogowitz each dished out an assist in the win.

“It was a very exciting win for us. I liked the way the team reacted and the energy each player put out until the very end,” said Dayton head coach Felix Fabiano, who has been at the helm since 1996. “I have not been happy with the easy goal opportunities that we have not been able to convert.”

The Bulldogs have two games this week with a home game against Linden today at 4:00 p.m. and a trip to neighboring Union on Thursday, also at 4:00 p.m.

“This team will be competitive, but again, we are in the Mountain Division and every team we play is very competitive,” said Fabiano. “We'll take it a game at a time and see what happens. In the meantime, we’ll try to develop some younger prospective players to help us out as the season progresses.”