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Reiss, Chargers plant early seed vs. Farmers

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Goal in the opening minute sparks Chatfield to win over Wheat Ridge

By Michael Hicks

LAKEWOOD — A number of things can happen in 12 seconds — an earthquake, 21 babies are born worldwide and 30 lightning strikes. That’s just to name a few. Add Jordy Reiss scoring a Chatfield goal against Wheat Ridge to the list.
The senior striker, off an assist from Ryan LaGreca just seconds after the opening kickoff, pushed the first of two Chatfield first-half goals past Farmers goalkeeper Troy Fairbanks as the Chargers scored a 2-0 victory  Sept. 8 at Lakewood Memorial Field.  Chatfield took third place in the 5A/4A South Jeffco Invitational.
“It’s an auspicious start, but sometimes scoring that early is a little bit scary. (You can have) a little lapse after it. We’ve been working a lot recently with getting early pressure,” Chatfield head coach Brock Blume said.
Two days after the Chargers tied Evergreen 1-all, scoring a game-tying goal in the final minute of regulation only to fall in a tournament-demanded penalty-kick shootout, they wasted little time in applying pressure on Wheat Ridge (1-3). The decision paid early dividends.
“After the last game against Evergreen coach said that we didn’t have enough pressure on the back line. So we worked on that in practice to get pressure up top quick. He said results would happen and that’s what happened,” Reiss said.
Caimon Stevens scored the Chargers’ other goal in the 17th minute. Chatfield goalkeeper Chad Haase had five saves in net.
Chatfield (3-0-1) has already matched last year’s win total. The Chargers were 3-11-1 in 2011. Blume said a strong core of seniors — 13 in all — and a big buy-in with what the team is trying to accomplish is why his team is off to such a strong start. Reiss agreed.
“Last year, the chemistry wasn’t there. This year, it’s been there and it’s been good,” Reiss said.