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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Shutout moves Chatfield into second round

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By Brian Forbes

LAKEWOOD – Score. Repeat. Advance.

That was the workmanlike performance Chatfield turned in May 7 as the third-seeded Chargers breezed through the first round of the Class 5A girls soccer state tournament with a 4-0 victory over No. 30 Central of Grand Junction.

The match at Lakewood Memorial Field was in doubt for all of 11 minutes before Tori Delmonico scored the opening goal and the Chargers (15-1-0) never looked in danger of allowing the Warriors (9-7-0) a chance to equalize.

Chatfield outshot its Western Slope visitors 20-0 and banged numerous shots off the woodwork and inches high. Considering, however, that top-seeded Grandview won its opening game 11-0 and No. 2 Heritage advanced with an 8-0 victory, four goals might have seemed a little low for the Chargers.

"A win is a win, always, but I think we would have liked to see more people score," junior striker Callie Hancock said, "but we did what we could"

Chatfield will play No. 14 Durango (13-2-1) on Saturday, May 10, here at 4 p.m. for a chance to advance to the quarterfinals. If the Chargers advance, they will face the winner of the No. 6 Rocky Mountain (15-0-1) vs. No. 11 Ponderosa (12-2-2) match.

Against the Warriors, the Chargers added goals by Hancock, Stephanie Rowe and sophomore Chelsea Mangold with nine minutes remaining to wintheir fourth straight and notchedtheir 11th shutout of the season.

After early saves on Sara Sheets and Shianna Falk, Delmonico broke through with a shot that Central goalkeeper Savannah Moore was able to knock down initially. But the rebound fell to Delmonico who was alone behind the goalie and slotted the ball home.

Moore, a junior, made a string of strong saves and got lots of help from central defender Sarah Thomas to hold the Chargers at bay until the last second of the first half.

Hancock got the ball on the right side, weaved in toward the penalty area and swerved a shot to the far post that struck home with one second on the clock.

Rowe made it 3-0 in the 43rd minute as she shot and was knocked to the ground.

Freshman striker Geneva Gray headed and shot balls off the crossbar before Mangold stuck the final goal home following a cross by Anna Lowe.

So, what’s next for the Chargers?

"We just want to stay together as a team and keep going forward along with the things we’ve been practicing," Hancock said. "Just developing as a team, players and getting better."