gets the 'golden goal' that downs Pequannock
November 10, 2001
MONTVILLE - Emotions ran high in the North 2 Group
2 boys soccer sectional final between Pequannock
and Montville in r on Friday afternoon. Coaches
yelled at referees, referees yelled at coaches,
and players from both teams were constantly cautioned
or penalized throughout the game.
Like clockwork, the referees blew their whistles
every few seconds before either team had the opportunity
to make its way down the field. But it was Montville
that emerged victorious after Philippe Cardona
delivered the "golden goal" five minutes into
the second overtime for the 2-1 win.
was intense. Pequannock beat us twice in double
overtime so we knew what we were up against,"
said Cardona. "As teams I think we are identical.
This game boiled down to who wanted it more -
and toward the end of the game, it looked like
we did. "
Throughout the first half, Pequannock appeared
to have an edge over Montville. The Panthers consistently
out-hustled their opponent to the ball and got
off more shots on goal. At 21:00 into the game,
mid-fielder Bjorn Wespestad volleyed an overhead
pass to Kevin Holmes, who eluded an oncoming defender
and chipped one past the keeper to give Pequannock
a 1-0 lead.
Less than two minutes later, a tripping call awarded
Montville a free penalty kick. From 26 yards out,
Eric Fishman curved the ball around the defensive
wall and out of the keeper's reach to tie the
just hit the ball as hard as I could and luckily
it went in the net," said Fishman. "We knew Pequannock
was going to come out hard, they're a great team.
This was a crazy game but we were not going to
lose; we knew that much."
Pequannock had its defense focused on opposing
striker Phil Motano. Similarly Montville often
double and triple-teamed Tim Kitchell. Fluid in
passing and leading the Panthers in goals this
season, Kitchell's presence on the field is a
threat to all opponents. And to Montville's credit,
they did a good job putting Kitchell off his game.
Midway through the second half, Kitchell received
his second yellow card and was ejected from the
game. Kitchell's ejection was the turning point
for Montville as it took command of midfield possession
and began to swarm the Panther net.
lost my head out on the field and I hurt my team
that way," said Kitchell. "I should have been
out there longer but we have a great team who
can play without me. We played without two of
our three captains for the last 25 minutes of
the game and we still played tough. The ball didn't
take a lucky bounce for us like it did for them
- so be it."
has been going back and forth. We have played
Pequannock four times and it has been a one-goal
game every time," said Montville coach Peter Miller.
"We are two evenly matched teams. It came down
to who was going to make a mistake and who was
going to put more effort into it. In the first
half, Pequannock dominated the ball.
stayed alive mentally by quickly tying up the
game," continued Miller. "And after Kitchell got
ejected, our boys felt they had an edge. We picked
up the pace and carried that momentum into overtime."
will take on Harrison in the state Group 2 semifinals.
Tide topped Ramsey in the North 1, Group 2 final