LIVINGSTON, NJ – It seemed like the Montclair and Millburn High School boys soccer teams were headed to overtime until Calum Middlemiss delivered the go-ahead goal in the 73rd minute, breaking a scoreless tie and leading the Mounties to an Essex County Tournament Championship.
Montclair made the Millers’ keeper Marc Langendorff work throughout the game recording save after save until Middlemiss cashed in on a scoring opportunity. DeVaughn Foster took the ball up the left side and sent a cross into the box that went through Jasper Shorter and found Middlemiss for a tap-in.
“I always felt that we were going to win it,” Middlemiss said. “We kind of expected it to be a frustrating game, but we knew what we were up against and we played pretty well overall.”
The Mounties dominated the possession for most of the game as Millburn had trouble early attacking against the wind.
"We just have to work on our offense,” Langendorff said. “We were limited offensively this game. We have to work on getting our forwards involved and hopefully we’ll get a different result next time.”
Langendorff had eight saves in the game, but Montclair keeper Brian Harnett came away with his ninth shut out of the season.
“I give a lot of credit to them, they played really well,” Montclair head coach Jack Weber said. “Their keeper made a bunch of saves, but in the end I think the better team won tonight.”
As the game neared the end of regulation, the Mounties played with more intensity which resulted in more shots on goal, and ultimately a rewarding victory.
“I just think we got a little tired towards the end,” Millers head coach Jason Robinson said.
The Millers were without two of their leading scorers in Mike Sorin and Kirk Willens and hope to see them healthy and back on the field in time for the state tournaments.
The victory marks the first ECT championship for the Mounties since 2004.