Doug Miller finished with a goal and two assists. (Photo courtesy of the Lancers)
HENRIETTA, N.Y. — Not only did Doug Miller make history by becoming the first American pro soccer player to perform in four decades on Friday night, the Rochester Lancers head coach also wrote his name into the record book as the first player to score in as many decades.
Miller, 50, converted a shootout goal in the Lancers’ 10-7 loss to the Florida Tropics in the Major Arena Soccer League game at the Dome Arena. He also recorded two assists.
After Lucas Teixeira took down Anthony Rozzano just outside the penalty area, Miller converted the ensuing shootout attempt, roofing a hard shot into the upper right corner at 12:51 of the second period for his 511th career indoor goal and his first MASL score since the 2015-16 season.
After he scored, Miller partially took off his Lancers jersey to reveal a picture of his daughters, Kayla and Kalista, who are both Lancers Dancers, on his shirt. He then went over to kiss both of his daughters.
Age is but a number… Rochester Lancers shootout goal from the 50 year old legend, Doug Miller! #ROCvFLA
Posted by Major Arena Soccer League on Friday, March 6, 2020
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Miller’s first two shots came off free kicks as Brett Petricek saved his set piece at 4:47 before the veteran forward had his next attempt blocked about 30 seconds later.
As a 48-year-old, Miller also found the net for the outdoor Lancers only 24 seconds coming on against the Greater Binghamton Thunder FC in a National Premier Soccer League match on June 30, 2018.
Miller has scored in the 1990s, 2000s, 2010s and now the 2020s.
The Lancers will host the Kansas City Comets in their final home game of the season on Saturday at 7 p.m. The club will honor midfielder Gary Boughton of Buffalo, who will retire after this season.
Tickets for the match are available via RLancers.com and at the Dome box office on game day.