Madison’s boys soccer team topped Highland 2-1 in overtime Saturday to advance to Thursday’s district final.
Thomas Warr scored a goal from 25 yards out directly in front of the goal three minutes into the game.
Highland scored on a long floater shot that soared over Madison’s goalkeeper’s fingers.
Neither team scored in the second half so they headed to overtime.
Ben Zenger scored the Cats’ second goal on a one touch from Cade Slagle who had taken the ball up the touchline and passed across the penalty box.
Rain that started hours before the game persisted into the first few minutes of the game and the field stayed wet throughout.
“Both teams had to play in it,” said Madison head coach Dan Dummar. “At the same time we’re a very technical team and I think sometimes because, in soccer, the ball’s on the ground all the time (that affects a technical team).”
Madison beat Highland 7-1 just a week earlier and beat them 3-1 before that.
“Let’s the be candid—this is the reality. This is the district tournament and everybody comes out for the district tournament better than they were in the season,” Dummar said. “Highland really showed up today. They played well. I just have to give tremendous credit to Highland and Highland’s coach. Mark (Muzzo) did a great job today coaching that team. They really wanted it. They played at a really high intensity. They deserve a lot of credit for taking us into overtime.”
Idaho Falls will play two-seed, Thunder Ridge Tuesday. The winner of that game will play Madison in Rexburg for the 5A district V-VI title.
The Bobcats topped Idaho Falls 4-0 on the road and 3-2 at home and beat Thunder Ridge 4-3 on the road and tied them 2-2 at home.
“From a record standpoint, we are the stronger team,” Dummar said. “We beat them both so we’re very confident going into that game but you can’t overlook them because they’re both good teams and have good coaches. We’ll see what happens.”
Madison’s girls soccer team topped Rigby 1-0 in double overtime earlier that afternoon to advance to their district semifinals.
It rained throughout that and the wet, cold conditions made things hard on both teams.
Savannah Summers kicked in the game-winning goal on a cross From Anna Tonks in the second overtime.
Madison will play Thunder Ridge Tuesday at Thunder Ridge for a chance to play in the district final.