MILLBURN, NJ — In a war of attrition that went all the way to double overtime, the Millburn Boys Soccer team scraped out a 2-2 tie against the East Brunswick Bears Tuesday afternoon.
Ryan Garfinkle scored early for the Millers, but East Brunswick tied it up on a penalty kick goal, and then early in the second half, jumped ahead on a breakout, putting the ball into the goal for the Bears' first lead of the game.
Millburn however, would not be deterred, as Zach Evenchick punched home a rebound with just over ten minutes to go in regulation, knotting the score up at two apiece, where it would stay through the end of regulation, as well as both overtime periods.
The draw is the first such result for Millburn in the entire season, as previous contests have all resulted in wins over Caldwell, Livingston, Glen Ridge and Nutley.
Following the contest, Millburn Head Coach Jason Robinson spoke about how his team responded to their first true test of adversity in the season.
"I was so glad we were losing 2-1," Robinson said. "We've had some success this year and I think today was the first kind of 'punch us in the mouth and see what we've got' [scenario], which we need before the Montclair game and the Seton Hall [Prep] game. It's only Tuesday, but we needed to get cuffed a little bit and see what we're made of, so it was great."
He also said that the current seniors and juniors from last year's championship squad, such as Goalie Zach Barr and Evenchick are now in a position where they are expected to set the tone for younger members of the team.
"We've been here before," he said. "We know what's going on, we have a lot of seniors that just need to set the tone and make sure everyone's doing the right thing and just work."
Following Tuesday's draw, Millburn will look to get back in the win column against Montclair. The game will be at Montclair on Oct. 24, with kickoff coming at 2:00 p.m.