MILLBURN, NJ - There was no perceptible letdown by the Millburn boys soccer team two days after the Millers pulled off one of the state's bigger upsets of the season.
Millburn scored two goals in each half and held off West Essex, 4-1, at home on Wednesday. Millburn had begun the week with a 1-0 triumph over one of the state's top-ranked teams, Seton Hall, on Monday.
Less than 12 minutes into the game, Alex Migoya got the scoring started for Millburn (9-3) when he beat his man in the box and buried a shot directly into the net. About 10 minutes later, West Essex (5-6-2) turned the tide, spent some time on the attack and looked poised to tie the contest. But Nico Rosamilia's point-blank shot attempt in the box was deflected away by MIllburn defender Jason Mazer. Moments later, a free kick by the Knights was deflected away near the net by Millburn's Christian Clark.
Millburn extended its lead to 2-0 with 5:12 left in the first half on a goal by Alfie Smith, who had just entered the game moments earlier and then took a perfectly placed cross from midfielder Sam Meyerowitz going from left to right in front of the net and knocked it home.
Rosamilia did score a goal on a penalty kick in the second half for West Essex, but the Knights were unable to pose a serious threat to the home team after halftime. Ryan Leach made seven saves in goal for West Essex.
Alex Marx and Ano Chinogwenya scored second-half goals for Millburn. Meyerowitz finished with two assists and Andrew Aronson and Evan Berney each supplied one assist for the Millers.