Before Thursday, Madison had never advanced to the winner’s circle in boys’ or girls’ but that didn’t stop Madison’s boys’ soccer team from beating a tough team in the first and advancing to take third.
In the first round Madison beat Coeur d’Alene in 5-3 in penalty kicks.
“It was awesome,” said Madison head coach Dan Dummar. “They played us really tight. The boys defense was amazing. Everybody just played really well. Coeur d’Alene is a really good team. To be fair, it was just a very equal game. We didn’t have a lot of on their goal; they didn’t have a lot of shots our goal. We certainly had some opportunities, as did they, but not very many.”
The game went back and forth through two overtimes with no score until Madison won it in the penalty kick period.
Usually Michael Fisher plays goalie for the Bobcats but Dummar subbed in Manny Sosa for the penalty kicks.
“(Sosa) really reads the player and where he’s going to go,” Dummar said. “So we subbed him in and he defended the penalty kicks shootout and he blocked a shot and we made all five of ours and won.”
In their second game, Madison lost 1-0 in another defensive battle. The Bobcats outposessed Eagle but the Eagle hit the game’s only goal.
“We should have scored within the first 15 minutes,” Dummar said. “We had multiple opportunities to put it in the net. We had one that was right on the net, right on the goaline and the goalkeeper was out of the box and we beat the keeper but a defender came back and defended it.”
Madison was a play away from playing in the title game.
“In my opinion, we should’ve and could’ve beaten Eagle, but they got a set piece on a corner kick and put it in. That’s really what happened. We could have very easily been in the championship.”
Madison was slated to play Lake City in the third-place game but Lake City forfeited because of what the team is calling athletic code violations within their team.
This Bobcats team will now be known as the first to win a first round playoff game and the first to take third.
“This was the first time we’ve ever advanced to the winner’s circle,” Dummar said. “So that was a huge accomplishment for us.”
With much of their team returning next year, Madison will look to improve on their third-place finish.
“The part about coming to state and doing so well is the kids the kids now have the confidence, they’ve been here, they’ve played,” Dummar said. “In high school sports the mental part of the game is just a huge part of the equation. So, I’m very optimistic that they have the confidence and the experience now to go next year and come back and win it all. We’re just going to be an even better team next year I’m sure.”