LAKEWOOD — If it were baseball, Chatfield’s Greg Kelsic might have gotten a shaving créme pie in the face from his teammates for his standout performance and subsequent media attention.
As it were, the senior just had to struggle through the sight of senior Nick Nedeau’s bare chest squished and rubbing up against the locker room window at Trailblazer Stadium.
“We’re a real loose bunch,” Kelsic said.
And the Chargers are cruising into the postseason after clinching the Foothills League title with an 8-4 victory April 28 over the Wheat Ridge Farmers.
No. 5-ranked Chatfield (13-2) won its fifth consecutive game thanks in part to three second-half goals and three assists from Kelsic and 12 saves on the night from senior goalie Connor Lewis.
Junior middie Mitch Erickson scored twice in the second quarter as the Chargers took a 2-0 lead into the half. The Farmers (9-4) tied the game at 2 with 5:45 left in the third quarter, before the Chargers responded with goals from leading scorer Trace Wollner, Kelsic and Hayden Kammerzell to pull away for good.
“We’ve played through adversity all year,” said Lewis, who stopped three of four shots in the fourth quarter to protect the lead. “This is for conference, and against a team like Wheat Ridge, we always knew they come out to play. We just wanted to come out hard , show our confidence again and have a good time.”
The game was tight early on and both teams were guilty of some sloppy play. The teams combined for five shots on goal , 11 turnovers and survived three penalties.
But Erickson broke the deadlock early in the second quarter when the Chargers countered quickly off a turnover at midfield. Kelsic centered a great pass to Erickson, who had a head of steam and fired past the goalie.
Erickson went with a low shot nearly six minutes later off a pass from Brady Hammond to put Chatfield up 2-0 at the break.
The Farmers settled things for most of the third quarter with a mixture of possession and strong defense. The Farmers scored early, killed off a penalty and tied it with 5:45 left in the third quarter. The Chargers answered with three goals over a 1-minute span.
“We were a little anxious in the first half, and in the second half we just knew what we had to do,” Kelsic said.
James Sharp scored 50 seconds into the fourth quarter to cap a run of four goals on four shots by the Chargers, who led 6-3 and made it 8-3 on consecutive goals by Kelsic.
“We try not to look at who we’re playing or what’s at stake,” Chargers coach Kyle Lambert said. “These guys are just a real loose group and it’s just a matter of playing the best we possibly can. Every time we do that, we seem to be pretty successful.”
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