MILLBURN, NJ — The Livingston boys soccer team opened its season Wednesday against one of the toughest public school teams in New Jersey.
The Lancers fought Millburn to a 0-0 tie. Last season, Millburn reached the state final and was the NJSIAA Group 3 runner-up. Livingston has not beaten the Millers since 2015.
"Millburn is the No. 6 team in the state, so this is a good result,” said Livingston head coach Roger Rubinetti. "It was a well-played game between both teams. It was a good start for us.”
The double-overtime game was contested in sultry weather under a hot sun, and although Millburn spent much of the contest challenging Livingston in the Lancers' end, Livingston goalie Elijah Elster was up to the task. With 20 minutes to go in the first half, he made a spectacular diving stop after a Millburn player had made a run on a breakaway. Elster also made a save on a Millburn corner kick five minutes later, and another key stop with 11:43 showing in the first half.
Livingston had what Rubinetti described as "two golden opportunities" to score. One was thwarted by a critical save by the Millburn goalie, and the other was on a header by Livingston off a corner kick that hit the inside of the upper post and bounced out of the goal rather than inside it.
The Lancers play at home again on the Saint Barnabas Medical Center Community Field on Friday afternoon against Montclair.