Archives for October 2014

Rockets Roll into Final Four

The Millstone Rockets continued their march toward a state championship with a 1-0 victory over Northern Burlington Academy.  It was a game in which Millstone controlled the play for 70 minutes and on their home field made sure that they kept their dream alive.  In the first half, they controlled the game with solid play from midfielders Kayla Denney, Tara Bernstiel, Madi Keefe, Nicole Winouski, and Hallie Conaghan. Unfortunately, they failed to score after many good opportunities and a strong wind at their back in the first half.

In the second half, the intensity picked up and the Rockets continued their dominance with tremendous play by forwards Christina Zeleznik, Olivia Denney, Taylor Wysokowski, Bella Denney, Stephanie Alves, and Alexi Abbate.  Finally, the Rockets broke through when Christina Zeleznik scored the game winner off a great feed from Kayla Denney.  Once the Rockets scored, the game picked up the intensity.  They were able to keep the pressure with the great play of the back line consisting of Kaila Bernstiel, Mary Conaghan, Sofia Micklovic and Alivia Caba, who were very physical all day.  Morgan Bell logged her second shutout of the state tournament.

Sydnee McIlvaine who plays midfield and goalie was injured and unable to play but hopes to be back for the final four.  “The girls continue to play well at the right time and we couldn’t be prouder of what they have done so far. This is a special group of girls who are best friends on and off the field and they give you everything they have. This weekend will prove to be the most difficult but this group has a very good chance to win, and at this point, in this type of tournament, it sometimes comes down to who wants it the most”, said Coach Bernsteil.

The Rockets continue their play this Saturday at 9 a.m. against NJ Rush 01 at Marlboro Middle School. The championship game will be held in Marlboro as well on Sunday.  Go Rockets!


Millstone Rockets U13 Continue Their Advance Toward the State Cup with a win advancing them to the Quarterfinals.


The Millstone Rockets continued their march toward a State Championship in dramatic fashion as they defeated West Morris Blizzard in sudden death penalty kicks. Starting with 64 teams throughout NJ, the Rockets are now one of 8 teams left.

The first half ended with the Rockets being down 0-2. After seventy minutes of play in the match, the Rockets and Blizzard were tied at 2-2.

Another 20 minutes of overtime in which the Rockets had a few opportunities, hitting the post twice, the two teams were still tied.

With the pressure mounting, the first round of penalty kicks began with goals by Olivia Denny, Nicole Winouski and Maddie Keefe.  Yet still, the teams remained tied.

Entering the sudden death goal round of penalty kicks, Hallie Conaghan scored next for the Rockets and West Morris needed to score to continue the sudden death round.  Morgan Bell made her third and final save on penalties to send the Rockets through to the Elite 8.

With the calm and focused coaching of Sean Conaghan after giving up an early goal and being down 2-0, Morgan stayed cool under pressure and made the plays she needed to help the team advance.

Scott Bernstiel, head coach of the Rockets, said after the game, “You learn a lot about your team when they are in tough situations and this group showed a ton of grit and toughness being able to bounce back from an early deficit. Coaches Jim Keefe and John Zeleznik kept reminding the girls at halftime they had come back from bigger deficits in the past and the girls responded with two big goals and constant pressure. I couldn’t be prouder of their resilience and at the end of the day it came down to their never say die attitude!”

The Rockets continue their march OCT 19th at home when they face Northern Burlington Academy.