MILLBURN, NJ - In their first game of the season, Millburn Boys Soccer went the distance against the Livingston Lancers.
While the Millers dictated the run of play for much of the game and had several good chances to score a goal, neither side was able to break through and score the winning goal. per NJSIAA regulations the teams squared off through two 40 minute halves, as well as two ten minute overtimes, before finishing with a 0-0 tie.
In high school soccer, a game does not end in penalty kicks unless it is a scenario in which a winner must be decided, such as the playoffs.
Speaking after the game, Millburn Head Coach Jason Robinson broke down some of his takeaways from the first game of the 2019 campaign.
"I give them a hard time about fitness but honestly we had some injuries for the whole of preseason," Robinson said. "We didn't totally get a chance to really actually play with our starting 11 for a single scrimmage, so today in a lot of ways was kind of our actual first scrimmage."
Speaking to what he took from the game, Robinson said that his team's discipline and play were good for the most part
"[My] biggest takeaway is obviously, we gotta score," Robinson said. "I thought we did alright defensively until we got tired. Offensively, we were alright too until we got tired. We've got to get a little more offense from our outside mids, and just get everybody together and playing together."
In their next game, the Millers will go on the road on Friday to face Eastside High School in Paterson, NJ.