Absegami High School’s Sean Milligan and Lacey Township’s Kevin Tonkovich were looking forward to playing first-round state tournament games Monday.

Now the two area high school soccer players are playing the waiting game with everyone else as Hurricane Sandy pounds the area.

“We’re just on standby right now,” Milligan said Monday. “We have no clue what is happening with the game.”

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Milligan and the Braves prefer to look at the positives.

“It’s really not that frustrating,” Milligan said. “It’s more time to rest. It’s more time to get mentally and physically prepared.”

Lacey Township is the No. 9 seed in South Jersey Group III and will play at No. 8 seed and Shore Conference rival, Central Regional.

“A few of us were disappointed that we’re not playing today being that it is our rivals,” Tonkovich said. “But a few extra days to prepare can’t hurt.

“We’re just going to wait and see whenever the field is ready to be played.”

Tonkovich, who leads the Lions with 13 goals, lives west of Route 9 in Lacey about one mile away from Barnegat Bay.

Lacey was closed Monday and will be closed again today. Students were told to prepare for even more days off.

There’s no telling when the fields will be playable even once schools reopen.

“I’m really excited,” Tonkovich said. “I can’t wait to play and hopefully bring home a state championship.”

Absegami was the only area team to receive a top seed in any sectional.

The Braves are No. 1 in South Jersey Group IV and will host No. 16 Southern Regional.

“It’s great going in as the No. 1 seed with the home field advantage and everything,” said Milligan, who has a team-high 18 goals. “Now it’s time to get the job done and show everybody why we’re the No. 1 seed.”

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