Boys Soccer Mid-Season Review

Emilie Kassis, Staff Writer

The Madison Boys Soccer team has shown a massive improvement since last season, ending with 4 wins and 10 losses. So far this season, the boys have 6 wins, 4 losses, and 1 tie. Their first game of the season against Mountain Lakes, who have yet to lose a game, was a tie at 1-1 after two overtime periods. Afterward, they went on to win their next 4 games against Dover (2-0), Blair (2-1), Parsippany Hills (2-0), and Pequannock (3-0). After losing 1-0 to Boonton in their next game, they won 4-1 against Dover but lost the next two matches against Mountain Lakes (2-1) and Morris Knolls (2-1). Seeded 12th, their county run started off strong, beating 21st seed Jefferson 9-0, but they were defeated in the second round by the 5th seed, Montville (4-0).
This season has been very different for the Dodgers. Although they’ve lost 4 games, each was fought until the very end and was lost to formidable opponents such as Montville and Mountain Lakes. Their 25 goals have been scored by senior Eric Selquist (2), senior Colin Mulcahy (4), senior Will Boyer (2), senior Luke Aromando (2), senior Beckett Cheddar (2), senior Juan Cadavid (1), senior Matthew Salazar (1), junior Rahul Kahn (1), sophomore Santiago Rodriguez (1), sophomore Matthew Munoz (5), sophomore Brandon Urrea (2), sophomore John Aristizabel (1), and freshman Guilherme Dos Santos (1).
Defensively, the boys soccer team is very strong as they have had 4 shutouts thanks to seniors Ryan Pennington, Matthew Salazar, and Eric Selquist, sophomore John Aristizabel on the defensive line, and goalkeepers senior Ruari Callaghan (66 saves) and junior Kyle Piechnik (2 saves).
Although their county run is now over, the team is preparing and looking forward to the state tournament, for which they are currently seeded 12th. When asked to comment on the season so far, head coach Richard Vasquez said “after showing strong performances against the top teams in the NJAC conference, I am confident with the remaining fixtures for the season and the State Tournament. I am very fortunate to have a large group of talented individuals.”