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!