Chargers blank Eagles, remain unbeaten

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By Dan Johnson

LAKEWOOD- Goals have been extremely difficult to come by for opponents of Chatfield girls soccer.

The Chargers have allowed just one goal through their first eight games this season. Not surprisingly, the No. 2 Chargers sport a spotless 8-0 record and are off to a 4-0 start in Class 5A Jefferson County League play.

Chatfield dismantled Jeffco League rival Dakota Ridge 3-0 on April 3 at Lakewood Memorial Field. The Chargers put the pressure on the Eagles early, scoring two goals in the opening half, which proved to be more than enough breathing room.

“I think it’s a combination of veterans and new players. The new players bring a lot of intensity to the team, especially on defense,” said Callie Hancock, who scored the Chargers’ third and final goal in the 72nd minute off a cross from Kaitlyn Basset. “We just have a mindset of that we’re not going to allow the other team to score.”

Goals figured to be tough to come by April 3, as the Eagles had allowed just five goals in their first seven games. Chatfield, though, broke through early with a goal in the 12th minute.

Freshman Geneva Gray ripped a shot from the left corner of the goal box that bounced off the outstretched arms of Dakota Ridge keeper Rachel Roberts into the back of the net.

The Chargers kept applying pressure on the Eagles, dominating possession for most of the half, and tallied the pivotal second goal in the 35th minute when C.J. McNeely’s direct free kick from 25 yards out was true.

“We knew Dakota Ridge was going to come out strong,” Chatfield coach Brock Blume said. “They are a team we really respect. It was a really ideal first half for us.”

Dakota Ridge (4-1 Jeffco, 5-2-1 overall), which managed just three shots on goal, had a better go of it offensively in the second half, but were unable to break through for a goal. Emily Holley had the Eagles’ best look of the half, but her shot in the 52nd minute sailed wide right.

Despite the stellar start, Blume is still guarded when discussing the potential of his squad.

“The fact is, we really haven’t played a top-10 team yet,” said Blume, whose team does play No. 4 Cherry Creek April 19. “That’s going to be the real test.”

Chatfield 2-1—3

Dakota Ridge 0-0—0

Goals: Geneva Gray (Stephanie Rowe), 12th minute; C.J. McNeely, 45th minute; C, Callie Hancock (Kaitlyn Basset), 72nd minute.