SUMMIT, NJ - Junior Luc Curragh had a pair of first-half goals, and senior captain Andres Chacon supplied a missile-of-an-exclamation-point, highlight reel tally as the Summit High School Boys Varsity Soccer Team evened their season record at three up and three down with a relatively comfortable 4-2 victory over Union at Tatlock Park.
Summit had the overwhelming edge in chances on a a gray and windy afternoon, although Union began the match in good form. The Farmers were pressuring the ball and winning more than their share of 50-50s early on, and a highly-competitive 80 minutes appeared to be in the offing.
All that changed, however in the eighth minute when senior Cole Schneider zipped a diagonal pass across the box from the left side, the ball finding the right peg of Curragh who slotted home low. The Maroon and White led 1-nil and, from that point through the end of the opening half, the amount of air leaking out of Union's balloon was continuous and almost visibly perceptible to the naked eye.
The Hilltopper chances kept coming, and it was Curragh who bagged his second -- and Summit's second -- just less than six minutes after the opener.
A scrambly ball skittered through the box, and Curragh was first to latch onto it. He took one touch and skipped a low shot into the far left corner and it was 2-nil. What once looked to be a fair tussle of a match now had the makings of a rout.
And, a rout it may have been if the Hilltoppers could have notched a third -- on either side of the halftime break -- but, despite some quality chances, they were unable to bust things wide open.
The 07901 faithful nerves got a jangle when, against the run of play, the Farmers halved the deficit from the penalty spot in the 50th minute of the second half, but normal service was restored soon thereafter when a Union handball in their own penalty area gave Summit a PK. Senior Delmar Argenal buried his shot low and hard to the keeper's left, and the lead was back to two goals at 3-1.
The cherry on the sundae was the Hilltoppers fourth, coming in the 58th minute when Chacon, striding toward the Union penalty area, turned a 360-degree pirouette -- a move dubbed a roulette -- and, in a flash, unleashed a cannon into the upper right 90. It was, in soccer vernacular, a cracker, and it made it 4-1 Summit.
The Hilltoppers conceded off a set piece inside the match's final 10 minutes, but the result was well done and dusted by that point.
Summit will play its third consecutive home match September 26 when they take on Plainfield. Kick-off at Tatlock Park is set for 4 p.m.