The Chatfield Chargers have a goal. Namely, to score one.
After three games, the boys in burgundy and perennial Jefferson County boys soccer champions are 0-3 and have been outscored 6-0.
“The team is frustrated,” coach Paul Moline said Sept. 8 after the Chargers were dropped 2-0 by Fort Collins. “Everyone is frustrated. You just got to get that first one under your belt.”
The Chargers gave up an early goal and a late goal as they were pressing for the equalizer in the Class 5A nonleague match on their home field.
Chatfield had several dangerous moments in the attacking end, but there was not enough creativity out of the midfield and continuity in the attack to heap much pressure on the Lambkins.
After losing 1-0 to Smoky Hill and 3-0 to Cherry Creek, the Chargers are looking for themselves.
“We’re still trying to figure it out, I think,” Moline said.
Backup goalkeeper Tyler Anderson and his Fort Collins counterpart made some good saves early, but the Lambkins struck first in a half they ultimately controlled. Chatfield’s best chance to equalize fell to David Moore, who double-clutched on a shot and shot wide left from the right side.
A sign of some of the lack of cohesion the Chargers are facing came on a Fort Collins free kick in the 39th minute. The ball bounced unabated through the penalty area and struck Anderson’s far post before anyone seemed to move.
Chatfield had a better time of it in the second half, testing the waters with some easy shots from Logan Bailey and Moore. The save of the day came around the hour mark as Cameron Mohseni’s free kick found Bailey for a great header that was pushed wide. Billy Pressen pounced on the loose ball and ripped a shot from a tough angle that was deflected out for a corner kick.
With the Chargers pressing, the Lambkins made it 2-0 in the 73rd minute with a nice finish from the left side.
Moline said his team has been working on diagonal attacking runs in practice.
“We don’t see to want to do that during a game,” he said. “We play really direct. We look just for certain players, and that’s it. We just don’t have an identity yet.”
Knowing the Chargers, the identity will come. And so will the goals.