Montclair’s Late Surge Gives the Mounties a 2-1 Victory Over Livingston
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 • 11:00pm
LIVINGSTON, NJ - Livingston and Montclair knew what was at stake in Wednesday’s Super Essex Conference matchup. The Lancers and Mounties have both had their share of struggles this season, but with the upcoming Essex County Tournament both looked for a win to propel them into one of New Jersey’s most prestigious tournaments.
Livingston was awarded the ninth seed while Montclair was given the four seed. When Livingston and Montclair met earlier this season, the Mounties walked away with a 2-0 victory. Wednesday’s result was similar as Montclair’s Jake Seamen scored the game-winning goal to edge the Lancers 2-1.
In the first half, both teams split possession, but Livingston had a 1-0 advantage when Zach Beckerman scored on a penalty kick in the 29th minute. Livingston outshot Montclair five to three with Livingston’s keeper, Sean Hunter, making three key saves.
However, an inspirational speech from head coach Jack Weber fueled the Mounties and came out firing in the second half. Within the first six minutes of the second half Montclair had five shots on goal and it was only a matter of time before they would find the back of the net.
Montclair’s opportunity came in the 14th minute of the second half when Ryan Kautz found Alex Patel who made a great outside run. Montclair had another golden opportunity when Beckerman was called for a handball inside the box. However, Jake Seamen would miss the penalty kick wide right, but he would redeem himself.
With10 minutes to go, Seamen found the back of the net propelling the Mounties in exuberant fashion. Montclair went on to outshoot Livingston 11 to seven.
Livingston will take on Newark East Side Oct. 6 in the first round of the Essex County Tournament and Montclair will face the winner of Belleville and Barringer.