BELLEVILLE, NJ -- They're baaaack!
Powered by a goal in the second minute of the game, the boys soccer squad from Livingston High School stunned previously unbeaten and top-seeded, now 16-1, West Orange, 2-0, in an Essex County Tournament semifinals round showdown on Thursday night, Oct. 29, at Municipal Stadium in Belleville.
That outcome has earned the fourth-seeded Lancers (12-3-2) a return trip to the tournament's title tussle, where the LHS kickers’ crew edged Seton Hall Prep, 1-0, in 2014.
The 2015 finals fracas (5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at Livingston High) will be a rematch of last year's tussle because the second-spotted Hall (16-1-3) overpowered sixth-slotted, 9-6-1 Newark Academy, 8-1, in the other Thursday night semifinal.
The first goal of the tight tilt between the Mountaineers and the Lancers came off the foot of junior forward Jack Wasserman, with senior back Jake Samuels getting the assist on that tally.
The second score came late in the game. With 7:42 remaining, senior midfielder Adam Lorimer blasted the ball into the back of the net off a free kick by 12th-grade forward Philippe Halaban.
“It was absolutely awesome,” said Wasserman. “It was great to start off with an early goal against a great team like West Orange. It was also great to be able to defend that lead and then get one (goal) late.”
“It's great to be back (in the finals), we took advantage of our opportunities, got two goals and that's a wrap,” said senior netminder Garrett Meinhardt, who made eight saves, adding, “Down goes number one!”
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All photos were taken by W. L. Bill Allen, Jr.