Adversity. That is precisely what the Northglenn soccer team overcame on and off the field Oct. 8. Defeating Vista Peak (2-9, 2-4 in conference) for their first conference win of the year, 3-2, …
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That is precisely what the Northglenn soccer team overcame on and off the field Oct. 8. Defeating Vista Peak (2-9, 2-4 in conference) for their first conference win of the year, 3-2, fill-in coach Kristina Churchill Churchill took over the reins for the contest after head coach and Northglenn’s School Resource Officer, Paul Skattum, dealt with a safety tip at the school that afternoon.
“It feels great,” Churchill (also the ladies soccer coach at Northglenn) said on the group’s first conference win. “It’s the boys’ energy, and as a coach, that is the biggest thing in seeing them putting in the hard work. I had to give them the faith to believe in themselves, but they are really working hard, and tonight is just awesome. I wish (coach) Skattum was here, and we played for him and the teacher, Rebecca Cope, who passed away this past weekend. It has been a hard two days for this school, so they really needed this.”
Participating in his first game of the season Tuesday, senior striker Eduardo Nores made his impact felt in helping this young team earn their first win since Sept. 3. Putting the home team on the board thanks to a powerful right foot, Northglenn went to the break tied at one.
The opening 13 minutes of the second half was split right down the middle between the two schools until Nores struck again. On a beautiful free-kick outside the goalie box, the veteran converted on almost a perfect shot to put the Norse up 2-1 with 25:10 remaining.
Wasting little time, Vista Peak answered less than four minutes later. After the accurate corner-kick pass from junior Oscar Cambra to junior Silbano Roman, we were notched again at Five Star Stadium.
Sophomore goaltender Pedro Medina contained twelve Vista Peak shots on goal in the second frame filling in for freshman Carlos Castaneda (injured) — keeping his team in it. Forcing an overtime period, the Norse took seven shots on the net, converting just the one lone time.
In OT, Vista Peak came out strong attacking the back end of the Norse defense, but on three shots, not one found the back of the net. That’s when the Norse took advantage of their chance.
Attempting one shot in the period, Northglenn made it count. Off the perfectly placed drop-pass from Nores to sophomore Josue Rodriguez streaking down the left side of the field, the sophomore snuck the ball past the goaltender to record the game-clincher.
“That is what we have been missing all season (on passing ability) is just that stability with our younger players,” Churchill said of Nores in his first game. “He just has that passion, and no matter what, he wants it. For some reason, he gravitates towards the ball, and he creates the destiny. He doesn’t wait.”
For a team filled with only five seniors out of 24 players on the roster, learning to get wins rather than avoiding to lose is a lesson sometimes that takes time to establish. Executing, attacking, and winning can cure a lot for a group like the youthful Norse that hopes to continue improving their final four games of the season.
“They really needed this. Kind of like my girls’ team, they are super young, and they are trying to do better. Our boys are really just starting to step it up.”
Also performing well for the Norse from this night, sophomore and senior captains Dyllan Fry and Alvin Vang anchored their sections of the field. Sophomore Yahir Perez also showcased his skills in the attacking zone.
Northglenn will take on Brighton, Aurora Central, and Thornton in back-to-back-to-back days starting Oct. 15.
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