SUMMIT, NJ - Goals from Tommy Gilbert, Darryl Martin, and Erick Reyes propelled the Summit High School Boys Varsity Soccer Team past Nutley, 3-1, and into the second round of the NJSIAA State Tournament.
Summit started brightly commanding a good portion of the possession, and opened the scoring in the sixth minute when midfielder Gilbert hammered home from the right side of the penalty area. Rewarded for their solid opening segment, the Hilltoppers led 1-0.
Despite controlling the match, Summit was nearly unable to notch a second before halftime. Several promising breaks and build-ups lacked the final decisive ball, the breezy conditions perhaps having an influence.
However as the half approached, the Hilltoppers were awarded a corner kick with just a minute remaining in the opening period. Martin was the scorer, bundling in off a scramble, the ball squeezing just over the goal line, and it was 2-0.
It was 3-0 eight minutes into the second half, when Charlie Gerard played a lovely through ball to the Martin, who touched past a defender and broke in on goal through the left side of the box. Drawing the goalkeeper out, Martin unselfishly played a square ball to Reyes who tapped home to give the Hilltoppers an insurmountable margin.
As is often the case when teams secure a result with time to spare, Summit switched off and was punished one minute later. Surrendering a goal, the Hilltoppers were jolted back to soccer sobriety, and played the final thirty-plus minutes in a secure fashion.
Summit will next face the Parsippany Hills / Invington winner in the second round of tournament play November 6 at Tatlock Field. The match kick-off time is still to be determined.