SUMMIT, NJ - Well, that's one way to shore up the goal differential stat deficit.
Since September 21 -- over a span of five matches -- the Summit High School Boys Varsity Soccer Team had not won a match, going 0-4-1. To be fair, they were paired against some tough opposition, with Elizabeth, Westfield, and Scotch-Plains-Fanwood (twice) among the antagonists.
Any opponent's degree of formidability, however, is exponentially ratcheted up when the team facing that foe does not score. At all.
Yes, over the said winless skid, the Hilltoppers were outscored 11-0. If the Maroon and White was going to snap the slide and turn things around, they would have to find the back of the net.
Which is exactly what the fifth-seeded boys from the 07901 did against Roselle Catholic in the opening round of the Union County Tournament (UCT). They finally scored, and then kept scoring, ultimately netting -- coincidentally -- 11 goals on the day to thoroughly dismantle the 20th-seeded Lions 11-nil at Tatlock Park.
Freshman Ethan Harris had a three goal Hat Trick to lead the offense, which blasted five shots home in the first half and then tacked on six more in the final 40 minutes of the match.
In addition to Harris' heroics, eight other Hilltoppers scored, including Kellyn Amozoqueno, José Nicholas Contreras, Ryan Elliott, Owen Healey, Jose Herrera-Rojas, Jose Osorio, Luke Rustum, and Matthew Todorov. Gray Humphrey, Amozoqueno, Elliott, Rustum and Todorov added assists for Summit, which lifted its record to 5-6-2.
Jonathan Chaves had a relatively placid afternoon between the sticks for the Hilltoppers and was credited with one save.
Next up for Summit is UCT first round tilt versus neighboring New Providence on October 9 at Tatlock Park. The match kicks off at 4 p.m.