Chatfield escapes scare from Dakota Ridge

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By Michael Hicks

LAKEWOOD — For the Chatfield Lady Chargers, the score just may have been a little too close for comfort. Then again, they were playing rival Dakota Ridge and rivalry games do that.

Nevertheless, Rachel Walker made sure the Lady Chargers didn’t suffer a letdown. But just barely. Her fourth goal of the game, on a 1-on-1 challenge of Dakota Ridge keeper Rebecca Smith, with 6.4 seconds remaining allowed Chatfield to escape Trailblazer Stadium with a 12-11 victory on April 16.

“I just knew that I had to get it in, get the right shot and angle and makes sure I hit the net and not the goalie,” Walker said.

Getting any shot must’ve been a blessing. Dakota Ridge rallied from an 11-8 deficit with 7 minutes, 46 seconds left to get goals from Amy Franks, Keri Kopchik and Victoria Olona to tie the game with 1:01 left. Then the Lady Eagles (3-7) had possession of the ball with less than 30 seconds remaining before turning it over, setting up Chatfield’s game-winner on a breakaway at that.

Katie Larson added three goals and Shelby Piper two for Chatfield (8-1), which has won two straight since losing to Centaurus. Shae Duffy, Savannah Mellberg and Meghan Windemiller also scored.

For Dakota Ridge, Kopchik had four goals, Franks three, and Samantha Sherman two. Lexie Chavez also scored.

“I knew it was going to be tough. They played really well,” Walker said.

Almost good enough to win at that.