Doug Miller scored only 24 seconds after he came on as a substitute. ( Photo)

Look who made the National Premier Soccer League team of the week — a 49-year-old forward who hadn’t played a competitive outdoor soccer game in 13 years.

Rochester Lancers head coach Doug Miller, who played at Marina Auto Stadium for the first time, scored a goal only 24 seconds after he came on as a substitute in the 5-3 victory over the Greater Binghamton FC Thunder last Saturday.

“God is good,” Miller said. “For that to play out the way it did, seconds into it, Will [Stone] stripping the ball and getting to the net, and being able to finish that, it was a gift and I was really appreciative.”

After two tenures as the Rochester Rhinos striker and most recognizable player, Miller finally got an opportunity to play in the stadium that in many ways, he helped build.

Miller’s opportunity came in the 52nd minute, when he replaced Alex Harting, who hugged Miller as he ran onto the field.

Stone stripped a Binghamton defender of the ball in the right corner and sent a cross to an open Miller on the far end of he penalty area before drilling home a seven-yard shot to give Rochester a 3-1 advantage.

FC Motown midfielder Matt Nigro recorded a hat-trick in a 3-1 win over Hershey.

In partnership with the NPSL, TopDrawerSoccer is naming an NPSL team of the week each week during the 2018 NPSL season. The week is defined as matches played Monday through Sunday of the previous week.

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Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at