The Madison boys’ soccer team won the 5A Consolation trophy Saturday in Boise in a shootout with Mountain View with the Bobcat goalie, Harry Feinberg, blocking the 10th penalty kick. The block came on a ball hit along the ground when Feinberg jumped to his left and deflected the ball to give the Bobcats the title.
“This is a real Cinderella story,” Madison’s coach, Dan Dummar, said after the win. “None of our kids have ever experienced a state tournament before, and no Madison boys’ team has ever defeated a team from Boise. They get blown out in the first match and then come back to defeat Rocky Mountain and Mountain View.”
In the Bobcats' first match at the state tournament they drew Boise and lost 7-0 to the District 3 champions. In their second match Madison took an early lead against Rocky Mountain when Palapon Wateerak, an exchange student, took a corner kick from Carson Meredith and put the ball in the net with 4:50 into the match.
On an Andrew Hoffman assist, Jose Perez scored with 40 seconds left in the first half when he blasted a 30-yard shot with his left foot to give the Bobcats a 2-0 halftime lead. Rocky Mountain would score their lone goal in the 14th minute of the second half.
“The match against Mountain View went back and forth between the two teams through regulation and two golden goal periods before the penalty shots,” said Dummar. “Every one of our players played hard and did their job; they collectively stepped it up. We have been practicing penalty kicks every practice for the last three weeks, and it really paid off.”
The Bobcats struggled during the season with Rigby defeating them three times before beating the Trojans on penalty kicks to qualify for state. The Bobcats made the most of their opportunity to bring home the first state trophy for Madison athletics this year.