Eagles lack flow

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By Brian Forbes

LAKEWOOD — The Dakota Ridge Eagles boys soccer team had one of those surreal moments Sept. 24.

Everything the Eagles wanted to do against Bear Creek, they couldn’t. Everything the Eagles didn’t want to do, they somehow managed for nearly 80 minutes at Lakewood Memorial Field.

In short: “We just didn’t do a thing right all night,” coach Jason Casanova lamented after the Eagles were defeated 1-0 by the Bears.

The Eagles couldn’t maintain possession against the Bears and were unable to generate any sustained attacks. When the Eagles did move forward it was in quick – and sometimes frantic – bursts and with a lack of creativity in the attacking third.

“There wasn’t any. We couldn’t possess it,” Casanova said. “Every time we see the vision, see the right pass, we wouldn’t execute it. We just couldn’t get any continuity going, and that’s our whole game. We’re not a bang-it-out team. I think we generated six shots all game, if that. And they weren’t even on frame.”

The loss dropped the Eagles to 4-5 (2-2 in Class 5A Jefferson County League play), while the Bears improved to 3-4-1 (2-1-1).

After a scoreless first half the Bears swarmed following the restart and nearly scored twice within the first five minutes. The Bears nabbed the game-winning goal when Javier Rubio headed the ball past defender Zach Newberry on the back post to convert Salman Bahurmoz’s corner kick in the 48th minute.

The Eagles answered with two scoring chances by J.P. Jui – a low drive right at the Bears’ keeper in the 49th minute and a redirected header off Dan Kelly’s cross in the 50th – but they would not be dangerous again until the 61st.

Left back Skylar Roy foiled a Bear Creek attack and decided to go end to end with the ball, weaving over to the right side and playing a give-and-go with Andrew Mitchell. But Roy could not fire the ball through after chesting it down just inside the penalty area.

“It gets very frustrating when you’re in the back and you can’t do anything up top,” Roy said.

One of the better scoring chances was painful and unintended. Jui almost had the ball go in off his face in the 74th minute when a defender tried to clear the ball and instead hit Jui at the top of the penalty area, causing the ball to deflect back just wide of the post.