LIVINGSTON, NJ - Bloodied and bruised, senior Ryan Ladell jogged back onto the field in hopes of lifting Livingston (4-10-2) to an overtime come-from-behind win. Ladell, who already scored once for the Lancers, swarmed the Glen Ridge (6-6-1) goal, alongside Junior Billy Mandl, firing shots on all angles. However, Ladell couldn’t duplicate his second half magic, and the Lancers had to settle for the tie.
If not for some overtime-defensive stops, to go alongside multiple saves by keeper Sean Hunter, the Lancers may have lost another heartbreaker. But both Ryan Chisarik and Ankush Rhakit made two late key plays on the ball, most likely saving a score. Chisarik jumped in front of an attempted shot, and Rhakit stole the ball from a sprinting Ridger with just over two minutes left in overtime.
From the start fans knew this would turn into a defensive showdown between two equally matched teams.
Freshman Chaz Burnett broke the stalemate in favor of the Ridgers 15 minutes into the game on a breakaway 3 on 1 play with the assist from John Morrow. The Lancers fought back but could not get anything past Glen Ridge goalie Mike Tringali.
Going into halftime Ridger Head Coach Steve Reitberg stressed to his players to work on their communication, “You want to win a good game? Then you have got to communicate out there.”
Throughout the game there were instances were players of both Livingston and Glen Ridge seemed to be on different pages with their respective teammates. Whether it be a misplaced pass, or running into their own goalie, both teams at times were out of sync.
In the second half, however, the Lancers’ offense finally clicked.
With less then ten minutes in, Livingston Captain Tomer Niv evaded Glen Ridge defenders before firing a shot on goal. Tringali was right on top of it though, deflecting the ball out of the net. However, Ladell then swooped in and fired a rebounding shot past Tringali into the back of the net, scoring on the ricochet of events.
Livingston, who previously defeated the Ridgers 2-1 back in September, now owns a record of 1-0-1 against Glen Ridge, an impressive record for the Lancers, a team that has had its fair share of struggles this season.
Livingston will now face the Millburn Millers (12-3-1) Wednesday, still seeking their fifth win of the season.