Mountain Lakes Peter Haessig lifts the ball over Madison's keeper Reid Collins to score a goal in the second half of Tueday's 2-0 win. Credits: Mike Romano
Madison's Jonathan Miller (Right) sizes up the defender before attepting a shot during Tuesday's 2-0 loss to Mountain Lakes. Credits: Mike Romano
Mountain Lakes forward Gene Hong dribbles past Madison defenders during the second half of Tuesday's 2-0 win over the Dodgers. Credits: Mike Romano
Madison Boys Soccer Dropped by Mountain Lakes, 2-0
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 • 11:38pm
MADISON, NJ - The Mountain Lakes High School boys’ soccer team defeated the Madison Dodgers, 2-0, on Tuesday afternoon at Madison High School.
Both Laker goals came late as they scored twice in the final 15 minutes of play.
Mountain Lakes head coach Mark Walters attributed his squad’s late success to the team’s discipline and conditioning.
“You can’t rest or take a minute off, that’s the way we train,” Walters said. “We don’t jog to get water. We don’t walk on the field and I think that contributed to the game today.”
Both teams had equal opportunities early in the game, including multiple breakaways from Madison’s Jonathan Miller, but couldn’t come up with a goal.
The Lakers responded with missed opportunities of their own when team captain Kyle Wright banged a long shot that Dodger senior keeper Reid Collins managed to deflect over the crossbar.
After a scoreless first half, the Lakers continued to put pressure on Madison and finally got on the board in the 75th minute. A cross from Gene Hong set up a goal for captain Peter Haessig, breaking the scoreless game.
It was evident that Hong wanted a goal of his own towards the end of the second half after he launched a shot from just outside the box that bounced off the top of the crossbar and out of play.
With just over two minutes left in the game, Hong broke away from the defender and faked out the keeper to score an open-net goal.
“It’s all about trying to outwork the other team and just wanting it more,” Walters said.