SUMMIT, NJ - Going boot for boot with one of the acknowledged elite teams in Union County, the Summit High School Boys Varsity Soccer team scored inside the match's final 20 seconds to send the contest to overtime, but yielded a goal of individual brilliance to Elizabeth's Youkendly Pacius and were defeated by the Minutemen, 2-1.
For the second time in as many weeks, the Hilltoppers hopped on the big yellow bus to go play an otherwise rare road, school-night match under the lights. Forty-eight hours before they take on number-one seeded Westfield in the Union County semifinals, the Maroon and White did battle with Elizabeth, the tournament's number-two seed.
After a scoreless first half, Summit fell behind 1-nil when Stanley Marshall scored, a goal which -- up to the match's dying seconds -- looked like it would hold up for the home side.
With 18 seconds left on the clock, the ball found its way to captain Liam Galligan off a mad scramble in the Elizabeth penalty area. The senior found the back of the net, and the affair was headed to extra time.
In the first OT, a ball was played to the feet of Pacius who took a touch, turned and launched a howitzer high into the top corner off the half-volley. it was a stunner, and came after Summit had two very solid chances of its own in the overtime session.
The Hilltoppers, now 10-5, will face Westfield in the UCT semifinals October 21. Match kick-off at AL Johnson High School is set for 7:15 p.m. AL Johnson High School is located at 365 Westfield Avenue in Clark.