MILLBURN, NJ - James Raystin and Drew Rosenberg both had quality scoring chances for the Millburn Millers in the second half. However, the team surrendered two goals to the West Orange Mountaineers in the final forty minutes of play and could not score any goals of their own as they lost 2-0 on Wednesday afternoon in Millburn.
Raystin's try came midway through the second half when the Millers were down 1-0. He received the ball just outside the Mountaineers' box before he blasted a shot on goal. It appeared as if the ball was going to go in the back of the net, but right before it crossed the goal line the attempt was headed clear by Mountaineer defender Josh Montanez.
Just before that play Rosenberg had a quality scoring chance from about 15 yards out, but his shot sailed just right of the goal. When the Millers were down 2-0 later in the second half Raystin booted a ball that was deflected over the net by Mountaineers' goaltender Thomas Attamante, who made a jumping save on the play.
"We're still not consistent enough with our play," Millers Head Coach Rob Grosso said. "We got to continue to work. The second half, we had some opportunities."
The first half saw some quality scoring chances for both teams. For the Millers, they had a number of balls that were blocked by Mountaineer defenders on shots tries. Dennis Kachinstev got a shot through late in the first half, but Attamante made the save.
The Millers defense yielded a goal early in the second half after shutting down the Mountaineers' attack in the first forty minutes of play. Jelani Williams dribbled the ball down the right side of the field as Millers' goaltender Corbin Stevens came out of his net in an attempt to make a play on the ball. However, Williams blasted a shot past Stevens to give the Mountaineers a 1-0 edge about eight minutes into the second half.
Another goal was scored by the Mountaineers at the 5:45 mark of the second half. Junior Chris Aristizabal booted a corner kick towards the center of the Millers' box. With players jumping for the loose ball, Fabricio Acosta got a head on it and directed it into the net to give his team a 2-0 advantage.
"The idea is to hopefully learn something from every game. We take away that we can compete against good opponents," Coach Grosso said.
The Millers were defeated for only the second time this season after Wednesday afternoon's loss. They will look to get back on the winning side of things when they face off against Ridge High School on Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. in Millburn.