A-West wins in overtime on the Pitch against Chatfield

Tuesday evening at the North Area Athletic Complex Arvada West High School soccer hosted Chatfield for a match.  It was clear from the start that their is no love loss between the two teams.  Everything from yellow cards, to warnings given to the coaches to fans being asked to move from the field level up to the stands.  It was a very rough and wild game that would go into extra time.

October 9th, 2012: A Chatfield player heads the ball over a Arvada West player as Arvada West wins 2-1 in overtime over visiting Chatfield High School

It was a brisk day at NAAC.  I am still getting use to the high school rules for Soccer in Colorado.  40 minute clocks that stop for fouls, cards, and injuries instead of a 45 minute running clock with injury time is just weird. But, you work with what you have.

October 9th, 2012: A Arvada West player takes the ball towards the goal past a Chatfield player as Arvada West wins 2-1 in overtime over visiting Chatfield High School

The above photo is the beginning of a play that I wish I would have shot horizontal instead of vertical.  As you will see in the next photo, I could not get the whole goalie in the shot.

October 9th, 2012: The Chatfield goalie dives toward the ball as a Arvada West player attempts a shot on goal as Arvada West wins 2-1 in overtime over visiting Chatfield High School

I really enjoyed this game.  With my 7D focusing correctly, and a lot of action right in front of me I was able to grab quite a few nice images.  Arvada West jumped on the board first  and would take a 1-0 lead into halftime.

October 9th, 2012: Arvada West player chases down the ball as Arvada West wins 2-1 in overtime over visiting Chatfield High School

Like I said, this was a rough game, and what struck me as funny was the A-West player pictured above, with the mask on protecting a broken nose, was one of the most physical players on the field.  It impressed me because in the past, high schoolers I have seen who break their nose play a little more pulled back, like they are afraid of re-injuring their nose.  Not this kid.  He was giving 110% the whole time.

October 9th, 2012: A Arvada West player is elbowed in the side of the head as he and players from Chatfield High School jump for the ball in a game that Arvada West would win 2-1 in overtime over visiting Chatfield High School

As you can see in the photo above, the play was rough at times.  Frustration showed its face on both sides of the field as a couple players would delay a free kick by kicking the ball away from the free kick location prior to the kick.

October 9th, 2012:A Chatfield player attempts to stop a shot on goal by Arvada West in a game that Arvada West would win 2-1 in overtime

Another example of the tough play as a Chatfield photographer stops the ball in the goal box with his knees as the A-West player with the ball runs into him.  A-West had a lot of chances to take a 2-0 lead but were unable to convert any of these chances.

October 9th, 2012: A Chatfield player in action in a game that Arvada West would win 2-1 in overtime

The hard play kept going in the second half.  I was very impressed with the Chatfield passing the whole game.  They were able to find open players for touch passes for most of the game.  A-West had the advantage on ball handling in my opinion though.

October 9th, 2012:A Arvada West player attempts chases down a ball in a game that Arvada West would win 2-1 in overtime over Chatfield

Finally, Chatfield converted on one of the many openings they had and sent a ball past the outstretched hands of the A-West Goalie.

October 9th, 2012: The Arvada West goalie stretches for a ball just out of his reach in a game that Arvada West would win 2-1 in overtime over Chatfield

The game would finish regulation time in a 1-1 tie.  That meant sudden death overtime.  First team to score would win the game.

October 9th, 2012:A Arvada West player attempts chases down a ball in a game that Arvada West would win 2-1 in overtime over Chatfield

Arvada West got a huge advantage in the first overtime, one that should have ended the game.  They earned a penalty kick but hit the cross bar and the goalie was able to get his hands on it to save the game for a few seconds.

October 9th, 2012:A Arvada West player attempts chases down a ball before a Chatfield player can get to it in a game that Arvada West would win 2-1 in overtime over Chatfield

As the goalies sent the ball down field, it was intercepted by Arvada West and rocketed right back at the goal for a game winning score.  What a way to end the game.

To see more photos from this game, please check out MaxPreps.

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