Dayton’s win over Summer Creek secures longest win streak in program history
It might have been a non-district match, but the Dayton Broncos were looking to extend their win streak and did so with a convincing 4-1 win over Summer Creek at Bronco Stadium on Friday.
The Broncos have strung together their best record in program history with a 5-0 start.
“It’s a great accomplishment for my boys,” said Broncos head coach Jed Garner. “We’re still building and making a lot of progress from last year.”
The Broncos have earned wins over Hargrave Huffman, Porter, Liberty, Crosby, and on Friday against Summer Creek.
“Three of those were last season opponents—Huffman, Porter, and Crosby—and they all beat us. We turned around each one of those results this year beating those teams and it was a great confidence booster for the guys,” he said.
“It showed them that the hard work that they’ve been putting in is paying off,” Garner said.
“It is great that we have the five victories in a row, which set a program record for the most consecutive wins and home wins, but we know it’s only a short step up in the program,” he said.
This is the third year the young program has competed in varsity.
The confident coach also went outside of their division to schedule some 6A schools for tougher competition.
“We’re trying to challenge ourselves this year and raise our level. I think we are fully capable of being a playoff caliber, district contender,” he said.
The Broncos used a tenacious defense early on to keep most of the play on the Broncos end of the field. Their defense only allowed three attempts at the goal in the first period of play and Garner credited his team’s marking.
“As a former defender, I take huge pride in that. I would always like to be known as a defensive coach. I like scoring goals, and everybody likes to see a show with a lot of goals, but I tell our team if we don’t concede, we can’t lose.”
“We’re looking to suffocate our opponent and make them play our game,” he said.
At times, the Broncos struggled to get back into their offensive set.
“I’m pressure-oriented defensively. I want the boys to press collectively and sometimes that leads into us being tightly compact when we win the ball,” he said.
When they do win it, he wants them to transition quickly into possession formation.
Meanwhile, Dayton took advantage of the position and picked up three goals in the first period and another in the second period from Josh Mendoza, Venancio Cuatianquiz, Bryan Martinez, and Alfredo Mendoza.
After some second half adjustments, the Bulldogs began to challenge the Broncos with attempts within the first eight minutes.
Summer Creek got a goal at the 24:15 mark of the second period when the ball rolled out of the hands of the Bronco goalie into the net making it a 3-1 Dayton advantage.
Dayton roared back and with 14:25 left and picked up their final goal.
“I was impressed with how hard they played hard us the second half,” Garner said.
The test was good for the Broncos.
“We need to be able to play in different circumstances. We need to be able to play hard when we’re not in control of the game. We need to be able to build a lead and consolidate that into a victory and not fold,” he said.
With a three-goal lead, Garner took the opportunity to rotate the bench and get his younger players some valuable game time experience.
“That’s what the pre-season is really all about,” he said, “trying to get them ready for district competition.”
“I felt good that we took back the momentum and finished,” he said.
Program numbers are high as this is the first year that the Broncos have fielded three teams. The feeder system is coming along and there’s promise for greatness down the pike.
“Team is everything for us. We’ve adopted the moniker ‘brothers’ this year. We’re family,” he said.
Two community members, Juan Carranco and Liam Farrington, have stepped up and started a select soccer team in Dayton called New Generation.
“We have 30 boys playing club ball in Dayton,” Garner said, “and you can see from the results on the field why we’re having the success.”
Garner said he was ecstatic with the program, noting that his kids are playing together and getting the necessary reps to improve.
The coach is comfortable with the new district and feels like the team has risen to the task of playing high level competition the last couple of years.
“Our new district presents a different challenge with new styles that will be suitable to the way I like to play,” he said.
The second-year coach said he could see the Broncos as contenders but wouldn’t make any predictions this early in the season.
“My boys will compete. We’ll never be a walkover,” he said.