LAKEWOOD — The first half was literally a back-and-forth affair. The teams — first Chatfield and then Dakota Ridge — traded goals for the entire 24 minutes. Yet, the Chargers never led by more than a goal, and the Eagles never led at all.
That changed in the second half.
Starting with Eric Potts’ second goal of the game, Chatfield scored five consecutive times to put some distance between it and Dakota Ridge en route to an 11-8 victory April 4 at Trailblazer Stadium. Potts, Jacob Larsen and Michael Harris combined for those five goals to open the second half, scoring them in the span of 3 minutes, 11 seconds.
“We really just kept ourselves calm. We’re a second-half team. I think that showed,” said Potts, who finished with four goals. “We came out and played as hard we could, played team ball, had success on the field, and it got us the win.”
Harris and Larsen scored two each, while Nick Lovell, Blake Leisegang and Connor Aycock also put the ball in the back of the net for the Chatfield (3-3), which had lost three of its previous four games.
“I think we’re working in the right direction. We’re going as hard as we can every day in practice. We wanted this win really bad, and I think it showed on the field how much we wanted it,” Potts said.
Twice in the first half, Ryan Schneider atoned for Chatfield goals by scoring 18 and 11 seconds later to tie the game for Dakota Ridge (4-4), but the Eagles couldn’t find such magic in the second half.
“This season we’ve had a tough time with the third quarter for some reason. We need to figure out a way to pick up the pace in the second half,” said Schneider, who capped a hat trick midway through the fourth period. But by then, Chatfield had the game well in control. “We played a hard-fought game all throughout, but, ultimately, we didn’t come out (on top) in this one.”
Davis Sebald scored twice, while Riley Miller, Tyler Davis and Harper Silliman added goals for the Eagles. Silliman’s tally with 3:14 left in the third period halted the Chargers’ second-half flurry, but Dakota Ridge couldn’t get much else started offensively.
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