Pomona battles back but Golden holds win

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ARVADA - It doesn’t matter what league or even what classification: Golden boys’ soccer is ready to take on all challengers this season.

And their hunger was on display as the 4A Demons beat 5A Pomona, 3-1 Friday at North Area Athletic Complex in a game where Golden made a statement.

Pomona was certainly not dominated. Actually, the players fought their way back into the game to made it interesting in the second half.

But Golden responded to everything successful that the Panthers did, and even though Pomona played very well during stretches the Demons were simply better.

“We expect to come out and play the way we did today in every single one of our games. If we can do that we could be a pretty special team,” Golden coach Josh Nolker said.

Golden looked like they might blow out the Panthers early in the first half, scoring a pair of goals. One of those goals was an absolute laser by junior Mark Seaholm.

But the Panthers certainly were not going to give up. Instead they started to get physical with Golden, drawing multiple yellow cards but also throwing the Demons off their game in the process.

Golden would get chippy back but at the wrong time, and it cost them a penalty kick. Pomona senior Dillon Fee would barely convert the goal and just like that the Panthers were one goal away from tying the action.

“Even though we were down we never felt like we were out of the game. I love the way our guys kept working hard, we just didn’t catch a break today,” Pomona coach Mike Askin said.

Not only did Pomona not catch a break, but only forty seconds after cutting into Golden’s 2-1 lead, the Panthers saw the score change to 3-1 when Demons senior Donald Baiden converted a header off a corner kick that will likely go down as one of the prettier Golden goals scored of the entire season.

“We have a lot of weapons and the potential to be a really good team. Pomona is a really good 5A team, so we feel good about the win,” Golden assistant coach Aaron Manahan said.

Still, the Panthers played a solid game and even controlled some of the action at times. Golden had simply jumped on them early and the Panthers couldn’t overcome the deficit.

Pomona still looked like a team that expects to make the playoffs this season.

“We are young, but and it will take some time, but we know we can be a really good unit this season. We will get back to work,” Askin said.

Pomona (0-1) will host Eaglecrest Thursday at 4 p.m. at NAAC.

Golden (1-0) will host Denver South Thursday at 6 p.m. at NAAC.