LIVINGSTON, NJ - The Livingston Lancers boys’ soccer team earned a wire-to-wire, 4-0 victory over the Hudson Catholic Hawks at home on Saturday afternoon.
Livingston was able to take control from the get-go, despite not capitalizing on early opportunities. Freshman Ben Neyer of the Lancers had two chances in front of the net within the first 10 minutes of the match, but was unable to convert. It wasn’t until the 20th minute when Lancer junior, Robbie April, put a goal in the back of the net, which sparked the Lancers on the offensive end. Minutes later, Mike Meadow of Livingston tapped one in from the front of the net giving Livingston a 2-0 lead going into halftime.
The second half consisted of the same relentless play from the Lancers. Defenders Jesse Levitt, Ryan Chisarick, Daniel Kaltman, and Ankush Rakhit controlled their half of the field well, not allowing anything to get behind them. Hudson Catholic only saw two legitimate chances throughout the match, which goalies Garrett Meinhardt and Chris Raite were easily able to dismiss.
Lancer Head Coach Roger Rubinetti said he wanted to emphasize “possession, which [was] something [Livingston] hasn’t been able to work on during conference play.”
The combination of great defensive play and controlling the time of possession resulted in two second half goals for the Lancers. April was able to net his second goal of the day in the 54th minute, while sophomore Jack Wasserman struck one from just outside the box in the 61st minute to cap off Livingston’s 4-0 victory.
Following today’s performance, Rubinetti also said, “An easy game is not easy until the game is over.”
Sophomore Cole Charney said, “Putting four goals in the back of the net, as well as winning will definitely boost the team’s confidence going into a tough match up against Millburn.”
Both teams have quick turnarounds with home games on Monday, September 30th. The Hudson Catholic Hawks will look to improve their 4-3 record against McNair, while the Livingston Lancers will put their 3-2-1 record on the line when they face off against cross-town rival, Millburn.