The third week of this modified sports season was filled with up and down action from all of the Miller sports teams. Some teams showed impressive performances that led to dominant wins, while others displayed lackluster efforts, resulting in tough losses.
Millburn Soccer (4-0)
On Tuesday, the reigning state champs kicked off a huge third week of the season with a 3-0 victory over Nutley. Tomas Santos got the scoring started, rebounding a bullet free kick from Alfie Smith. The Nutley goalkeeper could not handle the shot cleanly, spilling it right to the feet of Santos, who put it into the top corner. Senior Malcolm Migoya followed minutes later with a goal of his own, winning a penalty call and then converting from the spot to put the Millers up 2-0. Migoya is the team’s leading scorer with 3 on the season. Blake Wiseman sealed the victory late in the first half, finishing a through ball off of an assist from Jason Mazer. The Millers were set for a showdown with conference rivals Seton Hall Prep on Friday, but due to the Pirates needing to quarantine after exposure to the Coronavirus, that game has been postponed. The boys will face East Brunswick tomorrow in a top 20 matchup and will take on the fourth ranked Montclair Mounties in a crucial inner-conference contest on Saturday.
Millburn Field Hockey (1-3-1)
The Miller girls faced off against the number 1 ranked team in the state on Wednesday, Oak Knoll. In the first quarter, Millburn fell into a 6-0 hole, and could not get out of it. The final score was 8-0 in Oak Knolls favor. Miller keeper Sydney Kuehn was the sole bright spot for the home team, recording 15 saves in the loss.
The girls went up against Kent Place on Friday, looking to bounce back after their last defeat. After a 1-1 first quarter, the Millers were outscored 3-0 to end the game. The final resulted in a 4-1 loss for the Millers. Looking to break a two game losing streak, the girls will play Summit today.
Millburn Girls Tennis (5-0)
Continuing their perfect 2020 campaign, on Wednesday, the Miller girls tennis team slaughtered Caldwell 5-0. Paulina Feoli led the charge in first singles, defeating Kathrine Pepper 6-1, 6-0. Ritika Mishra and Angelina Lei also won their matches without losing more than a game in each respective set. Just pure dominance. In doubles, Anna Bansal and Veda Madhusudan came home with a 6-1, 6-0 victory, while Avery Lu and Olivia Lin were victorious in their match, 6-0, 6-4.
On Thursday, nothing changed for the girls. Another day, another dominant win. This time, the Millers defeated West Orange 4-1. Once again, Paulina Feoli took care of business in first singles, winning 6-2, 6-3. Angelina Lei had a commanding 6-1, 6-1 victory over her opponent. In doubles, the Millers stayed flawless, winning their matches with a combined 24-2 game record. On the road to yet another state championship ring, the girls tennis team have gotten off to a perfect start.
Millburn Girls Soccer (2-2)
The Millers picked up their second win of the season early Saturday morning with a big 3-1 victory over Bloomfield. After the first half ended knotted at 1, Millburn controlled the second, putting away two goals and holding Bloomfield to zero. Maggie Ellsworth, Ella Chrizinowski and Sophie Grossman all contributed a goal, while Zoe Palomaki tore up the Bloomfield defense with her passing, tallying three assists in the win. The girls will look to go above .500 on the season as they take on Montclair today.
Millburn Football (0-3)
The Miller football team had their toughest test of the season so far, facing off against West Side last Saturday. The Roughriders got out to a quick 16 point lead in the first quarter, and did not slow down much from there. West Side’s impressive performance led to a 55-7 demolition of the Millers. Luke Goldenberg was held to 150 yards through the air, tacking along three interceptions in the loss. Senior Jackson Weber led the Miller receiving core with 5 catches for 68 yards. The only points on the Miller scoreboard was in fact put up by the defense. Sophomore Conor Tuths showed textbook safety play, reading the opposing QB’s eyes, jumping the route and returning an interception to the house. Michael Policarpio racked up a team leading 9 tackles in the loss. The Millers will look to snap their winless streak this Friday against Nutley.