Photo Caption (LtoR): Taken pre-COVID, pictured in the Madison Area YMCA soccer team photo are the “Lookouts”: Felix Cook, age 10 years 10 months from Chatham; Logan Doroski, age 10 years 11 months from Chatham, George Morgan, age 10 years 4 months from Madison; Owen Chow, age 10 years 10 months from Chatham; Devan Talwalkar, age 10 years 9 months from Chatham; Tommy Sciaccatano, age 10 years 5 months from Chatham; Max Keltz, age 9 years 5 months from Chatham; Finn Matthews, age 10 years 6 months from Chatham; Jack Bealer, age 10 years 7 months from Chatham; Pat Walsh, age 9 years 7 months from Madison; Bennett Doroski, age 10 years 11 months from Chatham; Milo Semioli, age 10 years 11 months from Chatham; and Coach Mark Semioli from Chatham.  

The Madison Area YMCA “Lookouts” Under 11 boys soccer team recently wrapped up a very successful 2020 fall soccer season. Led by Coach Mark Semioli, Team Manager James Bealer, and Team Administrator and Madison Area YMCA Associate Sports Director Aaron Goodwin, the Lookouts enjoyed an undefeated league season, going 10-0 in the EDP (Elite Development Program) Competitive division for Northern New Jersey. In addition, the team went undefeated in the Toms River Invitational tournament in late November and ended up coming in second in a close tiebreaker against a highly rated Scotch-Plains/Fanwood academy team in a local scrimmage, losing on the final shot of the game, 2-1. At that tournament, the boys were playing up one year since they were slotted for that age for the tournament.

“In fourteen games played, the Lookouts conceded only six goals. The exceptional efforts and elevated level of play was displayed by all team members, each playing defense at a point throughout the season. Dual goalkeepers, Owen Chow and Milo Semioli, and the quartet of principal defenders Felix Cook, Bennett Doroski, George Morgan, and Tommy Sciaccatano, took the lead in defensive force adding to this team effort as a foundation for success against the toughest of challenges,” said Coach Mark Semioli.

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The team was exceptionally strong on scoring goals with Max Keltz, Jack Bealer and Milo Semioli leading the way. All team members scored goals this season with goalkeeper Owen Chow skillfully defending the net. “A strong defense and offense variety is almost unprecedented in the sport of soccer, as the boys really embraced playing total soccer no matter the position they played,” said Assoicate Sports Director Aaron Goodwin. “The team’s performance and skills over the course of the year were consistently strong, as they displayed the Y core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility on and off the field.”

Health and wellness, through activities such as soccer, has never been more essential to our community than it is now. As a leader in healthy living, the Madison Area YMCA diligently monitors developments surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and communicates with and provides resources to our community. Following recommendations from the Madison Department of Health and the CDC, and following the Governor’s Executive Orders, we provide a safe and healthy experience for all participants. As we look forward to the remaining winter months, our programs include a variety of enriching program opportunities to meet the varying needs of our community’s youth, especially during this season’s challenging circumstances. Visit madisonareaymca.org and click on the PROGRAMS tab for more information. Let the Y lead the way to a healthier, brighter future!

The Y strives to be available for all. Financial assistance is available for membership and programs. Please email us at Membership@madisonymca.org to join, to reactivate a Madison Area YMCA membership, or for financial assistance information. We cannot wait to see you soon!

As a mission-driven charitable organization and community wellness center, the Madison Area YMCA is dedicated to nurturing the potential of our youth, providing a safe space for teens, improving the community’s health and well-being, and giving back by providing support to our neighbors.