Golden, Faith Christian play dramatic zero-all contest

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ARVADA - Golden playing Faith Christian proved it doesn’t take a lot of scoring to produce a lot of excitement.

In perhaps the most dramatic 0-0 game in recent memory, the Demons played the Eagles to a double overtime draw Thursday at Faith Christian High School.

While there was no scoring to report, there was plenty of action and several near game-winning goals.

Give full credit to both schools goaltenders, which combined to make 10 total saves — with several brilliant game-saving goals.

“Both goaltenders where great tonight, one mistake by either of them, and one team goes home very disappointed,” Golden coach Josh Nolker said. “We wanted to win the game but are also happy we didn’t lose tonight.”

Golden junior goalie Jasper Hughes made five saves — including a game-saving stop he made against Faith Christian senior Cameron Doody in the second half.

Hughes has only given up two total goals this season in three games for the unbeaten Demons (2-0-1).

The Eagles had an underclassman in net for a Faith Christian team who has already played five games this season (2-2-1). Sophomore Sam Goodwin was as good as his last name would indicate stopping five shots on goal to help preserve the shutout.

“Really both teams deserved to win the game so maybe it’s not so bad that one team had to go home disappointed,” Faith Christian coach Will Lind said.

And while 3A Faith Christian does have two losses on their record, it must be noted that both came to 5A opponents in Ponderosa and Lakewood.

Lind intentionally creates a schedule for the Eagles that features literally the toughest of competition by playing teams higher classifications so that his team is battle-tested and prepared to play the best come playoff time.

That is one reason Lind and the Eagles have won multiple state titles and are seen as one of the elite programs in the state.

Faith Christian will play at Denver East Thursday at 6 p.m.

Golden will host Denver South Thursday at 4 p.m. at North Area Athletic Complex.