LIVINGSTON, NJ – With less than two minutes remaining in Thursday afternoon's match against West Essex, forward Max Shervin broke the 1-1 tie and lifted his team to a 2-1 win.
It appeared as if the contest between the two evenly matched Essex County teams would be heading into overtime; however, a goal from Shervin during stoppage time proved to be the difference maker.
Midfielder Sam Katz gathered a ball an began dribbling down the right side of the field before lofting a pass for Shervin. He beat a few West Essex defenders before sending in a tough angle shot into the top left corner of the cage.
“It kind of just went in. I give the midfielders credit for that ball. I just did the easy work,” Shervin said after the game. “I turned and saw the goalie (David Greczak) kind of come out. I was just trying to get it…into the back of the net. That’s exactly where it went. Luck was in my favor,” he continued about his game winning score.
The beginning of the contest saw both teams get on the score board early. Each squad netted a tally less than two minutes into the opening half.
Livingston struck first when the team brought the ball into the West Essex zone on its very first offensive possession. The ball bounced around the box as players from both teams attempted to get a foot on it. Ankush Rikhit of Livingston found an open lane and put a ball past a diving Greczak and into the goal.
Just 42 seconds later, a direct kick from Ed George tied up the score.
“We finally get a break and get a goal a minute in, which is what we said. I think we just got lackadaisical. All season we fought from behind. We finally get a lead and we give it back a minute later. Nothing is easy,” Livingston Head Coach Roger Rubinetti said, referring to the difficult games his team has dropped this season. The team has lost five contests by just one goal, including a 3-2 loss to number four ranked Seton Hall Prep, a game they were leading 2-0 in. Two of their losses came in overtime.
However, much to the relief of players and Coach Rubinetti, this time the Livingston player found themselves on the winning end of a one goal affair.
“We’ve had an unlucky season this year. It just feels good to win,” Shervin said. “We’ve had almost every single game (decided) by one goal, but we’re a good team that will sneak up on somebody,” Coach Rubinetti added.
Another reason for Livingston’s slow start is that the team has been plagued with injuries for much of the season. Stars Eric Sugarman and Jared Goldstern had just returned two games previous and have only played about 20 minutes each half in those contests.
Livingston finished with 15 shots on goal and Brady O’Connor finished with four saves. Livingston is now 2-6-2 after Thursday afternoon’s win and will next play host to Newark Academy on Tuesday, October 11th at 4 p.m.
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