Dylan Mills, Scot Price and Sirweah Quioh all shared the same sentiment following the Millville High School boys’ soccer team’s game against Vineland on Monday.
The senior trio wanted to go out with a bang against their most-hated rival.
Quioh scored a hat trick, while Price and Mills added highlight-reel goals to propel the Thunderbolts to a 5-0 rout of the Fighting Clan in a Cape-Atlantic League American Conference I game. The win marks the first time since 1989 that Millville has swept Vineland in a season series. The Bolts topped the Clan, 2-0, on Sept. 19.
“That was my last Vineland game and it was great to put them out like that,” said Price, who gave Millville a 2-0 lead in the 12th minute on a great individual run from near midfield that saw the midfielder beat several Clan defenders before scoring.
It was part of a first-half scoring spree that saw the Bolts (7-4-2) deposit four goals past mostly-helpless Vineland (2-13) goalkeeper Brandon Alvarez.
Quioh opened the scoring just 38 seconds into the game, taking a Zarek Justis feed down the left flank before pulling Alvarez from the net and sliding a shot by him.
“We wanted to jump on them early,” said Quioh, who struck again in the 18th minute on another assist from Justis. “We know things aren’t going too well for them this year, so we wanted to shut them down quick.”
Mills pushed Millville’s lead to 4-0 in the 33rd minute on a beautifully struck ball from just outside the right corner of the 18-yard line that beat a diving Alvarez, hit the post and caromed in. The shot even drew a standing ovation from the Bolts’ bench and coach Christian Varga.
Mills took a cross-field switch from Austin Higbee prior to releasing the shot.
“When I saw the ball coming in, I looked at the goal, looked at the defender, and just decided to crack one,” Mills said. “Somehow it went in the net. I feel like I’ve said that after a lot of my goals this year.”
While Millville was busy celebrating its good fortune, Vineland was again left searching for answers.
The team tested Bolts goalkeeper Sean Matias, who made six saves, but mounted no real major threats. The Fighting Clan looked to be lacking emotion for arguably their biggest game of the season considering the playoffs appear to be a long shot at this point.
“We keep saying we want to win games, but we don’t play like we do,” said Vineland midfielder Amandeep Singh. “It’s like we’re not playing with heart.”
The Fighting Clan played relatively better in the second half, keeping pace most of the way with Millville until Quioh completed his hat trick in the 70th minute courtesy of a Mills assist.
The thought from first-year Vineland coach Dan Kuzma was that his team would respond to the series of local rivalries they face down the home stretch.
That wasn’t the case on Monday.
“It should be a game we look forward to,” Vineland senior defender Don Money said of Millville.