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Northern Highlands girls soccer coach Tara Madigan was expecting her team to make a sizable jump in the national polls.
"It is an absolute honor, but the only one that really matters is the one at the end of the season," said Madigan
, whose team jumped from No. 13 to the top spot in the NSCAA poll.
"We've still got a long way to go."
says midseason national rankings aren't something the Highlanders focus on, but "when the times are appropriate," they are addressed with the team.
This is not unfamiliar territory for Northern Highlands
Last year, the Highlanders were regarded as the No. 1 team in the country before their chase for a national title ended with a 2-1 loss to eventual national champion Immaculate Heart in the Bergen County final.
"It's still so early.
Anything can happen," Madigan
"A lot of people are still talking about the weekend, which is great," said Madigan
, whose team hosted the Coast-to-Coast Challenge involving all three national programs.
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"Everybody's terrified of [head coach Tara] Madigan at first, but once we mature in the program, we gain an appreciation for what she means to us.
, once a soccer star for River Dell, where she
has been honored in its hall of fame, has put together a juggernaut in Allendale
"Behind the scenes, our team dealt with a lot of obstacles and challenges this season," Madigan
said Sunday, prior to the team banquet.
ruminated over the just-completed season, she
said, "As I sat down to write my speech for our banquet, I came across a quote that I felt summarized this year's team: 'Life is full of setbacks and rejection.
"Claire was a player we relied on if and when changes needed to be made," Madigan
But once they report to Madigan
and once they overcome their initial fears, the young girls play like veterans as the coach shapes them into a unit.
"She's so athletic and has that determination to be that player who's going to put the ball in the back of the net," Northern Highlands coach Tara Madigan said of Shea.
That's how highly I think of her
as a player and person," Madigan
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"We showed a lot of hustle today and we talked about how important it was going to be win every ball, 50/50s, the first ball, the second ball...every touch was going to be so important and we went after every one of them for 80 minutes," said Northern Highlands head coach Tara Madigan.