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Millburn Soccer Wins Group 4 State Title over Monroe in OT

Tim LeCras

Saturday, December 1, 2012 • 8:54pm

EWING, NJ - The Millburn Boys' Varsity Soccer team has done the unthinkable. The Millers took home the Group 4 State Championship with a 3-2 win over Monroe on Saturday at The College of New Jersey.

Millburn beat Monroe in two overtime periods, marking their second straight overtime victory and third in their past four games.

Rohan Sood scored the game winner in the second OT period for his first goal of the group playoffs.

The Millers led early when Kirk Willens scored on a header off a corner kick in the fourth minute. 

Both teams exchanged offensive chances but stellar goaltending from Millburn's Marc Langendorff and Monroe's Tyler Utheim kept the game at 1-0.

Then, in the 33rd minute, Millburn's John Muller converted on an excellent pass inside the box from Nick Politan extending the Millers' lead to 2-0. 

Monroe cut the lead in half during the final minute of the first half when Sean Doyle beat a diving Langendorff, putting the score at 2-1 going into the break.

In the second half, Monroe had several offensive chances before Millburn was called for a handball in the box. Doyle took the penalty kick and beat Langendorff to tie the game a 2-2.

The teams split possessions and scoring opportunties but were held scoreless through the end of regulation. However, with less than three minutes to play in the game, Monroe's Steven Nunes was called for his second yellow card, disqualifying him from the game and putting Monroe down a man for the overtime periods.

The first overtime went scoreless, then in the second 10-minute period, Millburn's Rohan Sood pushed a cross into the back of the net to win the game. 

The Millers finish the year 19-3-2.

Note: Posts on Twitter and The Star-Ledger contributed to the making of this piece.

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