LIVINGSTON, NJ—Livingston and Millburn have a long-cherished soccer rivalry. It is customary for the two teams to give it their all when they face each other, especially in the county tournament.
“The county and state tournament have such a different feel,” Livingston defender Carly Swenson said. “It is a bonus when we get to play a rival and such a great program like Millburn.”
Swenson and the Livingston defense had to do very little Saturday evening in Livingston as they won 4-0. Erica Dippold wasted no time as she knocked in a goal just 18 seconds into the contest.
“To have a lead so early was great for us. We never looked back,” Swenson continued.
Livingston did just that and continued to add to their lead. Sabrina Flores scored on a laser from a 18-yard-line slicing through the Miller defense in the 26th minute, which increased Livingston’s lead to 2-0.
Livingston continued to efficiently move the ball and take what Millburn was giving them. The Lady Lancers were never under pressure and used the whole field to their advantage.
With ten minutes remaining in the first half, Monica Flores scored on a cross from her twin sister, Sabrina.
“Leading 3-0 with ten minutes remaining in the first half and I didn’t even get to touch the ball is a great sign for us,” Livingston goalkeeper Samantha Rothenberger said.
The final goal of the first half was off the left foot of junior forward Ilana Bier.
Livingston led 4-0 going into the half and Millburn had yet to have a shot on goal. Livingston fully controlled the game from the start. They owned time of possession in the first half 31 minutes to nine minutes for the Millers.
Millburn did, in fact, get their first shot off in the 22nd minute in the second half.
There was little the Millers could do after the 4-0 Livingston halftime lead. Swenson, Kylie McLaughlin, and Casey Garfinkle held the backline for Livingston. However, it was Monica and Sabrina Flores, Joanna Scotti, and Kristine Kelly—Livingston’s forwards—who stood out. All four players were strong with the ball and due to them Livingston tired out Millburn’s defense as they constantly were chasing the Lancers.
“This is one step closer to our goal of conference, county, and state titles,” Swenson said.