UNION — Union is off to its best start in years, and while it couldn’t pick up its fifth straight win to start the season Tuesday, the Farmers still showed substantial improvement.
Playing 100 minutes without decision, Union and Summit battled to a nil-nil draw on a soggy afternoon at Volunteer Field Tuesday afternoon. Union is now 4-0-1 on the season after going winless (0-16-2) last year, and hasn’t beaten Summit since early 2015.
Goalkeeper Manny Melendez made 10 saves to preserve the tie for Union, which was out-shot, 10-5. Summit keeper Jake Maslin saved all five on Union’s shots.
It was the second consecutive double-overtime varsity soccer game on that field in 24 hours.
After playing Summit — a team one division up from Union — the Farmers embark on a critical stretch of conference games over the next 10 days. Union, currently leading the Union County Conference Mountain Division, visits sixth-place Johnson Thursday, then hosts Linden, Gov. Livingston, and New Providence next Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, respectively.
Prior to Tuesday’s match, Union had beaten Raritan, Oratory, Dayton, and Franklin to open up its season. In that stretch, the Farmers out-scored their opponents, 13-4, which remains the case as a result of the draw.