Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Dodgers end year excited about 2011.
The Madison High School boys soccer team's season ended on Monday in a 2-0 North 2, Group II state semifinal loss to Bernards High School in Bernardsville. On a bitterly cold and rainy day, Madison came out hot in the first half, controlling possession and limiting the Bernards offense. But even with Madison controlling the ball, an inability to locate quality scoring opportunities led to a 0-0 tie at halftime. The only time all game that Madison didn't look complete on Monday came early in the second half. The Dodgers came into the half flat and Bernards jumped at the opportunity as Nick Butler and Jose Chavez both found the back of the net in the first five minutes of the half. "I think the first half especially, we were very …
Monday, November 1, 2010
Five-goal performance launches Dodgers past Caldwell.
As has been the case for the past month, the Madison High School boys soccer team continued flaunting its offensive explosiveness in a 5-0 opening-round state tournament victory against Caldwell High (7-9-2) on Monday in Madison. The Dodgers were in control for much of this one – despite an extremely physical Chiefs presence early – as Madison showed a great ability to move the ball with clean passing and smart possessions. "We've got some very skilled players and I think [Caldwell's] intention was to come down and be physical and get involved," Madison head coach Gary Adair said. "But I think once we scored the first goal, they left us a lot of space and it was easy for us to pick them off." Senior captain Jorge Hoyos put Madison in …
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Dodgers rally from one down to stop Governor Livingston.
Trailing 2-1 in the second half, it looked like the Madison High School boys soccer team (9-4) might be headed to its fifth loss of the season. But the Dodgers remained resilient, scoring two goals late in the second half to pull out a gritty 3-2 win over Governor Livingston High School (5-6-1) in Berkley Heights on Friday. After the Dodgers saw Governor Livingston striker Julian Light score two goals in the first half, Madison forward Vinny Bennett shortened the deficit to one as he deflected a ball off of his knee past the Governor Livingston goalkeeper. That goal was Bennett's eighth in the past four games. "I think if you look at the first half, we just started flat," Madison head coach Gary Adair said. "We know we can play against …
Monday, October 11, 2010
Despite the loss, coach sees improvement.
Despite leading 2-1 with just over 20 minutes remaining in the second half against Chatham (10-0-1), the Madison High School boys soccer team succumb to its rival, 3-2, in a first round Morris County Tournament matchup in Chatham on Sunday. While the Dodgers (6-4) didn't leave Cougar Field with the outcome they had hoped for, Madison head coach Gary Adair saw a lot from his team on Sunday, especially when considering the Dodgers' 4-1 loss to Chatham just a few weeks back. "It's (frustrating) but after the last time we played (Chatham), if someone had said that we'd be up 2-1 with 20 minutes left in a county game against them two weeks later, I think I would have bitten their hand off," Adair said. "I can't really say anything bad about our…
Monday, October 4, 2010
Revamped lineup leads to four-goal day.
Tweaks to the Madison High School boys soccer team's lineup resulted in an offensive explosion for the Dodgers (4-3) in their first-round Morris County Tournament matchup against Hanover Park on Sunday in Madison. "We put a little more pace in the back with Danny Giraldo and Jackson (Hurst)," head coach Gary Adair said. "It was nice because (Giraldo) gets us out of a lot of scrapes, he's got good touch and it enables us to play a little better out of the back. The players who came in and played in other positions certainly stepped up." Most impressive about the Dodgers' 4-1 victory, which came amid criticism regarding their ineffectiveness on offense, was that they did it without their top offensive weapon, Jorge Hoyos, for much of the …
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Dodgers sit at .500 heading into the Morris County Tournament.
The Madison High School boys soccer team fell to 3-3 on the season after a tough 4-1 loss at home to neighborhood rival Chatham on Tuesday. As has been the case through much of the season, the Dodgers struggled offensively, putting only two shots on goal. "We seem to be very patient on two thirds of the field, it's just when we get around the goal we seem to rush ourselves too much and our touch is a little too heavy or we take too much time instead of just striking the ball," Madison head coach Gary Adair said after the game. Captain Mike Lami agrees with his coach's assessment and believes that people have to become a little more selfish with the ball. "We've been practicing taking shots and people have to be a little more selfish with …
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Dodgers bounce back from season-opening loss with a one-goal victory.
After last week's disappointing shutout against Morris Hills, the Madison High School boys soccer team delivered a 1-0 shutout of its own against Parsippany Tuesday. The lone goal of the game was scored by midfielder Danny Giraldo in the first half. Although the Dodgers were against the wind in the first half, coach Gary Adair said the wind seemed to have an opposite effect on the game. "It seemed that the team that had the wind seemed to struggle more than the team against it," Adair said. "We scored our goal when the wind was against us and played better in the first half as well." Madison controlled the game at the start of the first half, but the Dodgers had difficulty keeping possession of the ball. Although Adair was pleased with the…
Monday, September 13, 2010
Event took place at Pancake Breakfast at Madison Elks Club.
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Monday, September 13, 2010
The Madison High School Boys Soccer Booster Club hosted its first Pancake Breakfast at the Madison Elks Club this weekend. All of the Madison travel and recreation teams were invited in hopes of unifying the soccer clubs and building support for the Madison High School soccer program. To add to that, a few of the varsity players helped the breakfast merge with "Cuts For a Cure," in which half of the team volunteered to shave/mohawk their hair and collect donations, all of which went to the T.J. Martell Foundation. Here is a gallery from the event.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Inexperienced squad struggles to find offense in first game of the season.
A lack of experience was evident on Saturday morning for the Madison High School boys soccer squad as it fell to Morris Hills 2-0 in the season opener, in Madison. The Dodgers looked strong in the first half, controlling possession and rarely allowing the defensive minded Morris Hills team any offensive opportunities. "I think it's a little bit of a wake up call," head coach Gary Adair said. "There's a lot of inexperience, and I think it really showed today. I'd rather it happen early in the season, so we can build on it. It's disappointing, but it's not the end of the world." While Madison controlled the time of possession, it struggled to get the ball inside to striker Jorge Hoyos. When Hoyos was able to control the ball, the Morris …
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Talented team must deal with inexperience, loss of Gatorade NJ Player of the Year.
The 2009 season was an extremely successful one for the Madison High School boys soccer squad (15-5-2), as the winners of the Morris County Tournament eventually reached the North 2, Group II state semifinals, losing to Cliffside Park, 2-1. In 2010, reliving the success from a year ago is a daunting task, to say the very least. Third-year head coach Gary Adair will be forced to deal with a lot of inexperience as he see's only five varsity starters return from 2009 "We've lost a lot," Adair said after a film studying session with the team last week. "Over my three years here, we've lost a lot of the varsity players that I kept here. Guys like Jonathon Aguirre and (sweeper) Doug Willis, so I see it as maybe more of a rebuilding year." Of the…