BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP — Will Morris couldn’t even finish his sentence.
Morris, St. Augustine Prep’s public address announcer, was attempting to let the crowd know about Caleb Chapman’s second-half score with only one small problem: Chapman was busy scoring another.
Chapman scored twice and the Prep fought off a late Vineland comeback attempt to hold on for a 3-2 win against the Fighting Clan in a Cape-Atlantic American Conference game.
The two tallies were the first two of Chapman’s career.
Chapman started the game but was pulled early in the first half in favor of another player.
Chapman got another chance in the second and made sure to take full advantage of the opportunity.
“I guess it worked out for the best,” Chapman said. “That did kind of make me motivated, I guess, to play my heart out.”
Chapman beat everyone to the ball and blasted home a rebound from point-blank range that ripped through a small hole in the top of the net in the 66th minute.
After some confusion, the officials gathered and correctly ruled it a goal.
As Morris was announcing the Prep’s newfound 2-0 lead, Chapman scored another less than 60 seconds later.
“It’s amazing,” Chapman said. “It was pretty surreal when I scored the second one.”
Chapman was involved in the Prep’s first goal as well.
He made a run down the left side of the field, cut back against the defense and tried to unleash a shot.
The ball found its way on to Samuel Mitcho’s foot to break the scoreless tie.
Amandeep Singh and Ernie Scoma each scored in the final five minutes to make a game of it but it wasn’t enough.
The final whistle blew just seconds after Scoma’s goal in injury time.
Vineland coach Eric Spinnato was happy his team didn’t pack it in after falling behind by three scores.
“You would have thought it would take the wind out of our sails, but the team proved that they are a team that is going to be in this this season,” Spinnato said. “They’re not going to give up. I don’t want to say I’m happy about a loss, but I’m extremely proud of the way these guys handled the game today.”