MADISON, NJ — Representing the Madison Girl’s Soccer team, Ali Waxgiser, Katie Flanagan and Isabelle O’Connell received all conference honors in the Liberty Division. Waxgiser and Flanagan achieved first-team all conference and O’Connell second-team.
They helped the team have a record of 11-7 and reach the quarterfinal of the NJSIAA State Tournament. It’s safe to say the Dodgers exceeded pre-season expectations and even surprised head coach Kevin Lynott.
“We lost a lot of seniors last year,” Waxgiser said. “I think coach didn’t think we were going to get to .500 and I think we surprised him a little bit."
Waxgiser, who played more of an attacking midfield role, was the main goal-scorer for the Dodgers. She plans to keep playing soccer in college and is still waiting to hear back from schools.
“She’s such a game changer,” Coach Lynott said. “She just has this natural ability and always seems to find the ball."
Her teammate, Katie Flanagan, also received first-team all conference honors. Having been hurt for most of the season last year, Flanagan didn’t really have much expectation.
“I sprained my ankle last year and just wanted to improve game by game,” Flanagan said. “It was a lot of fun being able to be apart of this team and I think we all enjoyed."
“She’s our work horse for sure,” Lynott said. “I can always count on Katie to give me her all out there." Flanagan is right now undecided and has thoughts about walking on or playing club soccer. Her top three schools are Boston College, Georgetown, and Fordham.
As for Isabelle O’Connell, she earned second-team all conference for her exceptional defensive play for the Dodgers.
“I’ve never been recognized for all-conference and I worked really hard this year,” O’Connell said. As for her thoughts on the teams overall play, she thought everyone put in their maximum effort, “I think it was pretty obvious that everyone on the team gave it 100% effort."
“She has this incredible ability to read the game very well,” Coach Lynott said. Flanagan plans to play club soccer wherever she goes and the University of Richmond is her top choice.
Coach Lynott has had the privilege of coaching these girls ever since being named the head coach for Madison and he will miss them dearly.
Every year at the end of the season coach holds a scavenger hunt for the team with an encrypted message for them to figure out. This year the message read “Proud of you guys."