SUMMIT, NJ - After bossing the midfield, and controlling the match, for more than 75 minutes at Upper Tatlock, the Summit boys varsity coccer team still found itself deadlocked at 0-0 versus New Providence. Despite their possession domination, Summit had not broken through, lacking the decisive pass, linkage, or finishing touch in the final, offensive third of the pitch.
The match turned in the Hilltoppers' favor with just over three minutes remaining however, when Darryl Martin, who had spent the majority of the second half menacing the right side of the New Providence defense, carried into the right side of the penalty area. As he cut to his left, he was brought down, the referee pointed to the spot, and Martin himself stepped up to coolly slot home, giving Summit a 1-0 victory.
Earlier in the half, Martin enjoyed the two best chances to put Summit ahead. He turned his defender and sliced into the right side of the penalty area only to go for power versus placement and see his effort blaze high and wide right. He later received a pass in the middle of the pitch, just outside the penalty area, wheeled and unleashed a left-footed drive that was earmarked for the upper right had corner, only to see the New Providence goalkeeper tip it over the bar.
Summit Head Coach Chris Yager said the Hilltoppers play in the final third of the pitch remains a work in progress. "I thought we fully deserved the win, we dominated the match, and moved the ball well. We are still needing more out of the final third."
The win evens the Hilltoppers season record at 5-5-2 prior to their next County Tournament match Friday versus Union Catholic at Upper Tatlock.