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Jay Madison led the St. Aloysius boy’s soccer team to a winning season this year making him the first recipient of the Vicksburg Daily News Boy’s Soccer Coach of the Year.

Stacked with multiple young players on his roster, Madison was able to coach his team through some close victories finishing the season with an over .500 record.

“I feel like we landed about where we should have, which is to make the playoffs. Because I have about five or six ninth graders. So, we’re still a young team but the future looks bright,” Madison said.

Late in the season the Flashes were still fighting for a playoff spot. In their game against Pillow Academy, down 2-0 at halftime, they made a comeback to clinch a playoff berth.

“We had some younger players step up and play hard but, they just did what they had to and they gave us a good chance to fight Bayou for the district title,” Madison said.

After an overtime loss to Bayou Academy stifled the Flashes chance at a district championship, the Flashes finished ranked No.2. They went on to play Starkville Academy in the first round of the playoffs.

Although their playoff days didn’t last long, the Flashes made a huge improvement from last season.

Madison felt honored to receive the award, but felt it was a team effort. “I look at it as a team award and I’m definitely honored, but it’s just a reflection of my team especially when you got young guys that step up when you’re asking them to do things that they are not experienced enough to do against guys who are more experienced. So it’s definitely their award and a testament to what they did,” Madison said.

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