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Offense shows up too little, too late for Lady Chargers

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Chatfield suffers first league defeat in loss to A-West

By Michael Hicks

LAKEWOOD — By the time the Chatfield Lady Chargers found their offensive attack, it was too late; Arvada West had scored.
A relative rarity of late, Chatfield found itself playing from behind after Breanna Devita punched home the first goal against the Lady Chargers in five games in the 53rd minute on April 12 at Lakewood Memorial Field. That’s all the Lady Wildcats would need in posting a 1-0 victory, which snapped Chatfield’s four-game winning streak.
“We didn’t start to actually put on the pressure until after we went down a goal. Waiting that long in the game to start playing at the tempo and at the pace of our ability was way too long. A good team like A-West is going to finish every time,” Chatfield Senior head coach Brock Blume said.
A win would have kept Chatfield (4-3-1, 3-1 5A Jeffco League) undefeated in conference play alongside Standley Lake, but instead of focusing on the task at hand, senior center midfielder Gabriella Gray said, the Lady Chargers showed up for the wrong reasons.
“We were not playing together as a group like we normally have. We didn’t have the focus that we usually do in warm-ups, and that really kind of affected us,” Gray said. “Like coach said, we’re a team that needs to score first. We really struggled in the preseason and lost a couple of games. We can’t come from behind. When the whistle blows, we need to be ready. This is kind of a wake-up call for us. We need to get down to business after this.”
Chatfield’s continuity on offense wasn’t there either, Gray said. The Lady Chargers had their chances with a header in each half by freshmen Carly George and Bree Bezdek that floated just over the crossbar, but more times than not Chatfield, which would win possession of the ball on the first touch, would lose it on the second or third, and Arvada West was more than happy to capitalize on that.
Arvada West improved to 6-2-1 overall, 2-1-1 in league play. Ralston Valley is 3-1 in league play and Dakota Ridge 3-2, forcing a logjam at the top of the standings.

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Contact Michael Hicks at sports@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 15.