ARVADA - For the No. 15th-seeded Chatfield Chargers, it was tough way to see their season come to an end. Not only did they have to battle the 18th-seeded Regis Raiders, but they had to battle the elements as the game, which was won by Regis 1-0, was played in some of harshest conditions possible.
Regis senior Cassie Geerdts scored the game’s lone goal in the 69th minute.
Rain turned into snow flurries and finally into hail as temperatures stayed in the mid-to-low 30s for the 5A first-round state playoff game May 11 at the North Area Athletic Complex. The conditions turned the field into a sloppy mess that made life difficult for players on both sides of the ball.
“Especially on defense it’s really scary because you don’t know if your clears are gonna go where they should and (the ball) skips a lot. So we had to cover for each other and we did it pretty well. It’s just hard conditions to play in, but you get used to it in Colorado,” junior defenseman Kate Kurtenbach said.
According to head coach Brock Blume, his Chargers (7-6-3) handled the conditions well, even though they were somewhat taken out of their game by the weather.
“I think we, for the most part, responded well to the conditions,” Blume said. “The fact is anytime the ball gets wet it turns into sloppy play and a technical team (like us) and with the technical style we’re trying to play it hurts that.”
While the weather would keep both teams at bay for a while and the game remained scoreless until deep into the second half, the Chargers were piling up the scoring chances. They just couldn’t get on the scoreboard.
Early in the second half, however, it seemed that Chatfield had taken a 1-0 lead when Kaitlyn Bassett found the back of the net on one of the Chargers’ scoring chances. Unfortunately for Chatfield, the referees had blown the whistle and called a foul before the goal, resulting in a penalty kick for Bassett. She was then be stoned by Regis goaltender Meghan Thomas, keeping the game tied.
“I’m not sure about calling a PK when the ball’s already in the back of the net, but what are you gonna do?” Blume said.
Despite the setback the Chargers still controlled most of the action. But with 11 minutes, 26 seconds left to play, Regis’ Geerdts had a free kick about 30 yards from the goal and placed it exactly where Chatfield goalie Sarah Schnetzler couldn’t get to it. The goal gave the Raiders (10-4-2) all they needed.