SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Almost only really counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, and unfortunately, the Jonathan Dayton Girls Soccer team found themselves on the other side of that almost after a back and forth contest with new Providence that went down to the wire.
The Bulldogs battled valiantly over the course of a scoreless regulation, as well as a first overtime period before New Providence Center Midfielder Juliana DeGeorge curled a ball in under the crossbar in the waning minutes of the second and final overtime period.
Speaking after the game, Dayton Head Coach Matthew Lynch said that despite the tough result, there were still positives to take away, which he mentioned to his players.
"We were right there," Lynch said, recapping some of the Bulldogs' close chances in the contest. "We had one off the post, we had one right in front of the goal that could've went our way. We came a great distance from last year. Last year they were much better than us and I think we're pretty even right now."
Following the loss, the team will go on the road for back-to-back games, with a 10:00 a.m. kickoff this Saturday against Linden and a 4:00 p.m. tilt against Rahway.
After the road swing, the girls return home for a Tuesday showdown on Sept. 24 at 4:00 p.m. against Union Catholic.