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Millburn Outlasts Columbia, 1-0, with Overtime Win

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MILLBURN, NJ - The second-seeded Millburn Millers boys soccer team survived an afternoon scare on Halloween to keep their season alive in the state tournament against the 15th-seeded Columbia Cougars. The Millers prevailed with a 1-0 overtime victory.
 
Coach Russotto of Columbia commented before the game that his Cougars were fired up and looking for revenge after losing 3-1 to Millburn on Sept. 20. The defensive unit for Columbia stood strong backstopped by Ethan Pigeon and Ryan Perlee, breaking up multiple fast breaks by Millburn.
 
Millburn controlled the game from the start, testing Columbia's goalie with five shots in the opening minutes. The Millers got plenty of looks on goal in the first half but were unable reach the back of the net. Millburn played with a possession style, keeping the ball in the Columbia half much of the match. Goalie Sam Maidenberg made some acrobatic saves, jumping over players and diving to keep the score knotted at zero.
 
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Millburn played with a list of injuries to key players. Defender Christian Clark and midfielder Spencer Schneider replaced by freshmen Aidan Grigorian and sophomore Andrew Aronson respectively. Though Grigorian played the majority of the season at the junior varsity level, Coach Robinson gave him the nod to start on defense. 
 
At the end of regulation the game remained scoreless and the first of two possible 10 minute overtime periods commenced. After two 10-minute sessions a penalty shootout would determine the winner. The Millers continued to play a possession-centric game, getting a corner kick three minutes into the first overtime. Drew Cohn placed the ball perfectly into a pile of players near Maidenberg. The ball rolled out to an unguarded Benji Prashker, and the senior striker buried the ball for the victory. 
 
The Millers will advance to play the winner of  Dickinson (10) v. East Orange (7) at home in Millburn on Thursday at 2 p.m.

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