MILLBURN, NJ — After vanquishing Cliffside Park in the sectional finals, the Millburn Boys Soccer team would face off against the Montville Mustangs with a berth in the Group 3 final on the line.
Alex Migoya made sure the boys would get a chance to return to Kean University when he spiked home a shot in the 58th minute to put Millburn in the lead for good. Migoya's marker would hold as the winning tally, with Millburn moving on by a score of 1-0.
Speaking with assembled reporters after the game, he said that the disappointment of last year was still fresh in his mind, and that this season has been a "revenge tour" of sorts to avoid feeling like that at the end of this season.
"Last year is a feeling I never want to feel again," Migoya said "A lot of us don't want to feel that feeling again. That mentality has stuck with us. We've done everything we can throughout the season to get back to where we want to be, and that's in the state final at Kean."
Migoya also broke down what he saw on the field during the go-ahead-goal, and spoke to his connection with his younger brother Malcolm that led to his go-ahead-goal.
"It was a great cross by Rory [McLaughlin], and I saw my brother coming across from the back post," Migoya said. "And I knew he was gonna hit it backwards. It was just like a brother connection.
"I knew what he was gonna do, he knew what I was gonna do. But overall, it was just a great assist from him...I was just lucky I was in the right spot at the right time."
Millburn Head Coach Jason Robinson also spoke about the game, and said that he's been keeping his team focused all season. While there are plenty of players remaining from last year's squad, Robinson has stressed to the boys that its up to them to write their own ending, free of any past history.
"We've harped to these guys a lot that WE weren't in the state finals last year," Robinson said. "Millburn was, and we have Millburn on the front of our shirts. But our team was not in the state finals last year.
"It's a whole new team-not a whole new team-but a new team, their own sense of being and purpose, and what do you [the players] want to do. Forget what happened last year, forget what people say in the halls and stuff. What are we going to do this year?"
Millburn will be back in action this Sunday at 10:00 a.m., vying for the Group 3 championship against Wall. The game will be played at Kean University.
The Crimson Knights knocked off Triton Regional High School on the other side of the bracket to advance to their first group final appearance in 15 years.