MADISON, NJ –The spotlight shined on Dodger defender Sean Hurley as he scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lead Madison to a 3-2 victory over Parsippany on Wednesday afternoon.
“The bottom line is personal responsibility,” head coach Eric Studnicky said. “We told the guys they have to step up their level and they did. As a result good things happen.”
After a slow start, neither team was able to a score in the first part of the game.
Senior captain Cole Crescas admitted that the first half wasn’t their best. “Our first half was a little shaky,” Crescas said. “We haven’t played in about a week or so. That could be it, but there is no excuses we have to come out harder next time.”
After going all squared through the first half, Madison’s momentum changed quickly as its offensive unit came out of halftime and scored two quick goals. Hurley took the ball up the right side of the field, crossing it to Crescas inside the box. As he went for the shot, Crescas’s jersey was pulled, leading to a penalty kick. Senior forward Dylan Amaral capitalized on the opportunity for the game’s first goal.
Shortly after that, Madison defender Tim Azzolini used his head to put one into the back of the net after receiving the pass of a corner kick, pushing the lead 2-0.
The Red Hawks retaliated soon after, as Luca Cacciottolo and Bener Uygun each scored to send the match to overtime.
“I think they just got comfortable as to say we won, we can just take it easy now,” Winsper said. “They are good team, they played a really good game last time we played them and they put two in real quick. That’s what happens when you turn your switch off for like five minutes.”
Thirty seconds into the overtime period, Hurley battled off the Red Hawks defenders. Losing his balance, Hurley ripped the ball into the left corner of the net to win the game
“We came out with more intensity than the other team,” Hurley said. “I got a lucky bounce and I just hit it and I finished. It’s my first goal and it feels nice, but it’s all on the team.”
Next up for the Dodgers is a road contest at Kinnelon on Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.