MADRID - Unfortunately, the members of the Madrid-Waddington Boys Soccer team never had a chance to get to know the late Dan Rose.
But they knew how much it meant to M-W Coach Jeff Stein for the Yellowjackets to win the championship of the Dan Rose Memorial Tournament on Saturday.
After the Jackets (6-1-0) downed Hammond (2-3-1) 3-0 in the championship game they celebrated around the Dan Rose 24 sign on the fence which surrounds the M-W field and track.
The guys all knew how much it meant to me to win this tournament. But I didnt want them to make too big a deal about it, said Stein who played with Dan Rose on a M-W team which reached the New York State Final Four.
We played well in the first half but we only scored once. At halftime we talked about what a great finisher Dan Rose was and the guys went out and finished off two nice chances.
In the Girls Championship game Hammond only finished one chance but Coach Shawn Dacks Lady Red Devils made it stand for a 1-0 victory over Tupper Lake. The title was the first championship in several years for the girls soccer program at Hammond.
The girls have played very well this year. Last years seniors lifted our program and this years group has carried it over, said Coach Dack after Devils lifted their seasons record to 4-1-1.
Our defense anchored by Emily Bush and Tayler Bowman with Cassi Whalen in goal was very solid the whole game.
In consolation action, the Heuvelton Boys (2-2-1) nipped Colton-Pierrepont (1-5-1) 2-1 and the Lisbon (4-0-2) and M-W Girls (1-3-1) played to a scoreless tie.
Madrid-Waddington scored off the opening faceoff when Kaden Pickering took a through pass from Aaron Armstrong and buried a point blank shot from a sharp angle.
The Jackets maintained control but couldnt score again in the first half against the Hammond defense and goaltender Nick Jewitt (16 saves) who made a series of leaping breakups in heavy traffic. The Jackets broke through 16 minutes in the second half when Tyler Robinson drilled a low shot through heavy traffic into the far corner of the net.
With 15 minutes to play Robinson rifled a shot from the right flank and Harrison VanBuren netted a rebound opportunity.
T.J. Gagnon handled four shots posting the shutout.
We brought up four players from the JV team and they all did a nice job. Shane Sudol does a nice job with our JV team and its nice to have a pool of talent like that to dip into, said Coach Stein.
Heuvelton 2 - C-P 1: Heuvelton prevailed on the strength of first half goals by Will Tennant and Joe McDonnell and the ability to weather a determined comeback by C-P in the second half.
Tennant scored from Noah Steele 10 minutes into the game and Lucas Brown assisted on McDonnells goal midway through the second half
It was a nice to get a win over Colton-Pierrepont. They play a nice brand of soccer. The guys bounced back well from the disappointment of not playing in the championship game, said HCS Coach Dave Steele after Zach LaShomb posted a 10-save goaltending victory. We are learning and getting better with each game.
The Colts Noah Whalen scored the only goal of the second half after running onto a pass by Scott Boyce and Bruce Avery fielded eight shots for the Colts
In a contest where both teams created numerous promising buildups Hammonds Courtney Bova produced the only scoring with her seventh goal of the season in the first half.
Bova turned on a shot from 16 yards out in a scramble started by a corner kick. Cassi Whalen (12 saves) was extremely sure-handed in goal handling a series of shots which skipped on the rain-soaked turf.
Courtney Bova has come along well for us this year and is working hard to get the most of her ability, said Hammond Coach Shawn Dack.
Brook Dewyea stopped eight shots for Tupper Lake in a matchup where the two teams featured a combined 19 underclass performers.
M-W 0 - Lisbon 0: The consolation game produced a scoreless tie backstopped by one of the NAC premier netminders in the North Country in Lisbon senior Jackie Sovie (8 saves) and Madrid-Waddingtons outstanding prospect in freshman Marlina Bush (11 saves).
It was a very good game by both teams. Madrid-Waddingtons goalie played very well, said Lisbon Coach Scott Richardson.
Beth Crowley was really strong in the middle for us.
This was a good game for us after a tough loss to Tupper Lake. We played much better today that we did on Thursday, said M-W Coach Gary Tischler.