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West Orange Boys Soccer Upsets Millburn, Earn Spot in State Final

Tim LeCras

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 • 9:55pm

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The boys’ soccer Group 4 semifinal came down to the wire for the second straight year. Unlike last year, when Millburn scored a late goal to advance, the Millers were dropped by No. 15 West Orange, 2-1, on Tuesday.

Mountaineer senior Ian Faloye scored on a long throw in the final minute of the first half to put West Orange ahead for the first and last time, sending his team into Sunday’s Group 4 state final.

“These guys realized that the difference between being a really good team and a below average team is this much,” West Orange head coach Doug Nevins said, holding his two fingers a centimeter apart. “The little plays, like at the end of the game, we made the key blocks, the key clears and that’s what it took.”

Millburn struck first in the game. In the sixth minute, Matt Stine finished a loose ball off a throw-in to give the Millers the 1-0 advantage.

Approximately 10 minutes later, West Orange got the equalizer when Kamsi Udobi slipped one past Millburn goalkeeper Marc Langendorf.

In the final minute of the first half, Faloye knocked one in on a throw that Langendorff couldn’t control.

“When we scored to take the lead right before halftime, the only thing I was worried about was the set pieces,” Nevins said.

In the second half, Millburn put pressure on West Orange’s freshman goalkeeper Diego Pedrido. However, the Mountaineers back line was able to push aside all of their chances.

Millburn had won the previous five matches with West Orange, including two regular season victories earlier this year.

Miller head coach Jason Robinson knew how tough it was to beat a team three times in one year.

“Its tough,” Robinson said. “They got a lot going for them. They had nine starters back from last year. They really put it together for the last half of the season.”

West Orange has won nine of their last 10 games dating back to the regular season. Their state tournament run alone has given them five straight victories, including matches against top-seeded Memorial.

The Mountaineers will now turn their attention to their state final opponent, Clearview High School.

While Faloye was very cool and collected following West Orange’s victory, he knows they can come out with a state championship on Sunday.

Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. at The College of New Jersey in Ewing.

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