Thursday, April 23, 2009

Rapids High School Classic Series - Match #2 - Running Commentary

Tonight it's the second game in the Colorado Rapids High School Classic series, presented by CollegeInvest!

Tonight it's the first-ever High School Top 10 match-up hosted by the Rapids, and will feature the #1-ranked and undefeated Chatfield Chargers girls team taking on the #8-ranked and only once-beaten Pine Creek Eagles out of Colorado Springs.

Kickoff is at 7:00pm tonight and tickets are still available for the game at the box office tonight; tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults.

We'll be here reporting here from the scoreboard master control room at Dick's Sporting Goods Park for tonight's action; check back at kickoff for running commentary!

And we are underway here at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Three minutes in and its the Chargers with the first good chance that just hits off the top of the crossbar!

In the 8th minute of play Pine Creek works some pure magic at the top of the 18 however its great defense by Chatfield and they clear the danger. And a huge save on the rebound by Chatfield Sr. GK Alyssa Gillmore keeps us level at 0-0!

15 minutes in and its really end to end stuff here in this Girls HS Soccer top ten matchup. Neither team has broken through as of yet. Pine Creek has been applying the pressure over the last 5 minutes looking to break the deadlock. Chatfield with a quick counter however a great read by Pine Creek's GK Carmen McDermott clears any danger.

20th minute and both teams with good chances here. Only some outstanding defense by both backlines has kept this game level.

22nd minute and Pine Creek with a free kick from the top of the 18 however its JUST over the bar! This crowd of 300+ really into this match right now!

25th minute sees Chatfield with a chances but again the defense rises to the challenge for the Pine Creek Eagles who see off the danger.

30th minute and its the Eagles with a good attack down the right flank but its well cut out by Gillmore.

Approaching halftime here and its still deadlocked at 0-0. Pine Creek really trying to break that with a GREAT effort from 35 yds out that's just tipped over the bar by Gillmore. A quick counter by Chatfield results in a 1v1 chance but its rule offsides by the far side referee. And that takes us to the end of the 1st half with the score #1 Chatfield 0 #8 Pine Creek 0.

2nd half is underway. Chatfield with early pressure in 44th minute but the shot just skims past the post.

Game has really turned into a midfield battle here with neither team able to gain a foothold.

47 minutes in and we have the breakthrough. Chatfield with good pressure down the left flank and its Senior Forward Callie Hancock with the cool finish to put the Chargers up 1-0.

50th minute and Pine Creek with two good attacks down the left but Chatfield is able to clear the danger.

55th minute and Chatfield really starting to establish some good rhythm through the midfield. We would also like to thank game sponsor College Invest, who have generously donated a scholarship to each school.

58th minute and a great pass is slipped in by Pine Creek however Gillmore comes out to cut down the danger. She only just got there. A split second later and we would have been level there. Pine Creek really starting to find some rhythm now.

Chatfield almost doubles their lead in the 62nd however the effort just goes over.
Hancock almost with the brace in the 64th with her effort just turned round the post by Pine Creek keeper McDermott.

68th minute and Pine Creek with a corner kick. They have really applied the pressure here since the kick and the volley.......JUST OVER. Pine Creek just cannot get the one they need to bring us level.

Its Pine Creek again in the 70th minute with an effort by #10 Brandi Farley that just skims past the far post. Will they level here late?

Pine Creek deserves that. #4 Jenna Howerton with a shot from the top of the 18 that finds the top corner of the net. Absolutely nothing Gillmore could do on that one. We are level on terms here.

75th minute here and we are still level at 1-1. Both teams searching for what would certainly be the winner here.

76th minute and a mad scramble in the box and Pine Creek just clears. Only just. Less than 5 minutes left in regulation here. Will we go to overtime?

Chatfield desperately searching for a late winner here. Two great chances that are stifled by the Pine Creek defense.

End to end stuff here late. Both teams with good chances only to be stymied by the defense. Any goal would certainly win it here.

We are headed to overtime! Golden goal action here at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. This truly has been a match for the ages. Both teams with good chances late only to be seen off by the defense. Quick recap of your goal scorers. Hancock for Chatfield in the 47th. Howerton levels for Pine Creek in the 73rd. We are set for kickoff in overtime #1.

And its Chatfield with the first chance of overtime, but the danger is dealt with well by the Pine Creek defense. Pine Creek with a half chance but its dealt with by Chatfield.

AND THAT WAS EVER SO CLOSE!!!! Chatfield with a good effort that is just millimeters wide.

End of overtime #1 and we are still deadlocked at 1-1. A quick change over here for both teams who have really shown the pedigree tonight. Kickoff for the second overtime is just seconds away.

Straight away we have a corner kick for Chatfield and the header is CLEARED OFF THE LINE!

Chatfield really pushing for the winner here and its Hancock yet again down the left. She has really been marauding down the flank tonight and her effort is well saved by McDermott.

Pine Creek with a good effort late. Chatfield with a good effort late however both are well dealt with and we end 1-1.

Very very well played match that could have gone either way but in the end has gone neither way. Fantastic match. Absolutely fantastic.

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