ROXBURY, NJ – With a record of 2-10-2, it’s not been the best of seasons for the Roxbury High School boys soccer team, but goalie Jason Adamo did something Tuesday that, at least temporarily, boosted the Gaels’ spirits.
The game against Parsippany Hills was scoreless when the senior goaltender made a save and then booted the ball from Roxbury’s 18-yard line. “The ball traveled, as it always does with him, a good 80 to 90 yards,” said Roxbury boys soccer coach Gary Irwin. “It ended up in the (Parsippany-Hills) box and, as their keeper came up … it went in the net.”
There’s a chance the ball was touched by a player before finding itself in the goal, but it was kicked so hard, and so straight, it was probably headed there anyway, according to Irwin.
“He’s a very special player,” said the coach. “Even if they had touched that ball, the fact that he was able to put it in the box was pretty special. That put us ahead in the game.”
Adamo was credited with the goal. Parsippany Hills later tied the battle with a penalty kick and the contest ended as a 1-1 tie.
Adamo’s displays of skill are a bright spot in an otherwise rough season for Irwin, who said he’s been coaching for about 30 years and has had only four losing seasons. “The kid is a legitimate college player in the future,” he said. “His leg is second to none in this county. I believe he’s the best keeper in the county.”
To characterize Adamo’s kick as being straight would be a terrible understatement, according to the coach. “It’s not pretty straight, it’s special,” he said. “His average punt is like 85 yards and he can do it with both his left and right foot. He can also throw the ball about 60 yards on a dime. He’s just very athletic.”