Arvada hangs around, Golden big in second half

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LAKEWOOD – For 40 minutes Arvada played as well as Golden — who is might be the best team in 4A Jeffco this season.

However, over the game’s final 40 minutes the Demons looked like the one of the best teams in the state, scoring three goals on its way to a 3-0 victory over the Bulldogs Wednesday at Lakewood Memorial Field.

After a scoreless first half where Arvada nearly scored on a couple occasions and played strong defense against a very potent Golden offense, the Demons went on a second half scoring binge.

“I thought we played some of the best soccer we have played all season in the first half,” Arvada coach Neil Magor said. “But we couldn’t keep it up in the second half and Golden got hot.”

Junior Philip Katzman, junior Mark Seaholm and senior Jack Breer all scored for the Demons, breaking open what had been a tightly contested game.

In addition, Golden’s junior goaltender Japer Hughes was unbreakable stopping six shots on goal.

“We didn’t really have it going early but we got it together at the half and came out in the second half playing like a different team,” Golden coach Josh Nolker said.

The victory for Golden was a big one as it keeps them undefeated in league play and also keeps them on pace with Evergreen and Wheat Ridge who are also undefeated in 4A Jeffco league play.

Arvada is still searching for its first league win. The Bulldogs have shown flashes of being as good as any team in their league. However, they have also been inconsistent and had too many defensive mistakes.

Golden (7-1-2, 3-0) has won four straight games and will try to stay in the race for a league crown when they play D’Evelyn Friday at 4 p.m. at Lakewood Memorial Field.

Arvada (3-9, 0-4) will play Alameda Tuesday at 6 p.m. at LMF.

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