Livingston Boys' Soccer Clips Glen Ridge, 2-1
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 • 9:46am
LIVINGSTON, NJ - The Livingston Varsity boys’ soccer team faced off against Glen Ridge on Tuesday night at Livingston High School. Head coach Roger Rubinetti explained, “We didn’t have our A game today, but it was good enough to win.” And that’s what the Lancers did. They beat a tough Glen Ridge team, 2-1.
Just 11 minutes into the game, senior Billy Mandl scored a goal off a corner kick pass from Daniel Kaltman. Eight minutes later, Mandl had another header on goal off a corner kick, but the Ridge keeper was able to make the save.
The rest of the first half was quiet for both teams as Livingston took their 1 goal lead to halftime.
In the second half, Gen Ridge came out firing early. Despite producing good chances resulting in 2 corner kicks, sophomore goalie Garrett Meinhardt was able to thwart away the chances in the 50th minute.
The saves were two of Meinhardt’s five for the night, as a stellar defense prevented much danger from even reaching goal.
Glen Ridge finally capitalized on their opportunities with a tremendous goal off a free kick that flew right over the wall the Lancers formed. The game was tied 1-1, but it didn’t stay like that for long. Livingston countered with a goal two minutes later from junior Ryan Chisarick off a corner kick from Alex Sugarman.
Both of their goals were off of corner kicks, and those two goals were enough to defeat Glen Ridge. Coach Rubinetti said the best thing his team did was, “finish the corners (with) great headers and serves. Chisarick’s goal proved to be a big goal, the game winner.”
“We just have to try and continue to link together up front and work as a unit and score more goals like we have been,” said sophomore Jack Wasserman.
The win helped Livingston improve to 5-2-2 on the season, and 4-0-2 in their last 6 matches. Despite the solid record, Rubinetti stated,” We need to put it all together for 80 minutes. We do it for bits and pieces, but to be a real threat, it has to be for 80 minutes.”
Rubinetti said this about Livingston’s next opponent, Seton Hall Prep, “Thursday will be a huge test for us. We play them close a lot and the last six meetings with them have been decided by one goal, we just ended up on the short end.”
“We just have to continue to play consistent. Seton Hall is a great team and they’re ranked #2 in the state. Our defense has been great and we’ve finished when we have the chances. It would be a huge victory for our team,” Wasserman added.
The Lancers will take on the fore-mentioned powerhouse that is Seton Hall Prep on Thursday, Oct. 10 at Livingston High School.