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Chatfield blanks Littleton in 5A postseason opener

By Michael Hicks

Chatfield Senior head coach Brock Blume said he’s been looking for Daniel Froning’s game to come around all season. The expectations are there for the senior midfielder to score time and again. 
On Oct. 24, in the first round of the 5A boys soccer state playoffs, Froning did that early and often.
He opened and closed the scoring for the 13th-seeded Chargers in a 4-0 victory over Littleton at Lakewood Memorial Field. Ben Overholt and Jamey McGrath also scored for Chatfield, who advances to play fourth-seeded Pine Creek, a 2-1 winner over Lakewood, in the second round on Oct. 30 at D20 Stadium in Colorado Springs. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Froning’s first goal came just 2 minutes and 3 seconds into the contest off an assist from Overholt.
“These guys have been finding a way to get goals early all year long,” Blume said. “When they can back that up with a second (goal) and solid defending, they’re definitely a difficult team to beat. I’m really happy with the start.”
“Ben got a great through ball, dribbled down the sideline and made a fantastic pass to the top of the box,” said Froning, who also scored two goals against Bear Creek two weeks prior. “It was just a great goal.”
It was also a great start for a Chatfield team that has won six in a row — four by shutout — and is on a seven-game unbeaten streak.
“Coming out strong in the first half and scoring in the first five to 10 minutes puts pressure on the other team,” senior captain Lee Holmes said. “It shows that we’re here to win. There was that high intensity that we came out to play with tonight.”
The Chargers (12-3-1) went ahead 2-0 at halftime after Overholt scored in the 38th minute, but they weren’t going to stop there. McGrath punched home a third goal just over the outstretched hands of Littleton goalkeeper Edgar Cervantes in the 44th minute. Froning added another goal in the 67th minute off a McGrath assist. Jordan Keto also had an assist.
“2-0 is the most dangerous score in a soccer game. When we put that second one in at the end of the first half, we had to put a third one in as well,” Holmes said. “We had to keep the intensity up in the second half.”
And that’s what they did. Blume knows all too well what can happen if you let a team hang around for too long, especially one such as Littleton, which has quality skilled players. But Chatfield put the nail in the coffin early in the second half. Goalkeeper Steven Seagraves finished with five saves.
Littleton’s season ends with a 9-5-2 mark.

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