A first round soccer game between Steamboat Springs and Golden took place at the NAAC in Arvada, Colorado on October 25. Golden needed the win to move on in the soccer playoffs, but good defense by both teams and a long shot aided by the wind would decide this match.
Steamboat Springs received a first half free kick near midfield. Trying to get the ball on goal, hoping someone would get control of it for a shot, the ball was grabbed by the wind and sent the ball into the net, just past the goalkeepers hands. It was the only score of the game. Golden’s season was over.
This was a real test for me with the Canon 7D Mark II. It was my first soccer game ever shot at night without flash. I think I was around 10,000 ISO and that produced some wonderful shots. Here are some of the shots from the game. To view more, check out MaxPreps.
Wednesday came with a treat in multiple ways. I shot the Green Mountain and Wheat Ridge soccer game with a new Canon 7D Mark II and man, what a difference it makes in low light. I had a lot of fun my first day out with it. It was a beautiful day for soccer, in the mid 70s at kickoff and the light was beautiful at the NAAC in Arvada, Colorado.
Wheat Ridge took a 1-0 lead in the first half, but Green Mountain tied it up in the second, so the game went into sudden “victory” overtime. No score in the first extra frame, and it looked like it was going to end in a tie. However, the Wheat Ridge Farmers found the back of the net as time ran out for a 2-1 win.
It was kind of funny. During an injury, a kid runs over to me and asks if my photos will be on MaxPreps. I said yes and he said, good, my mom will buy all the ones I am in. So, of course, the rest of the game, I shot as many photos as I could of this kid. Mom has not bought yet, but we will see.
Here are some of my shots. The rest can be seen and purchased at MaxPreps.
After the FridayRalston Valley football win over Arvada West, I shot the same to schools on the soccer pitch at the NAAC in Arvada, Colorado. I love soccer this time of year. At least the first half of the games. The lighting is beautiful. Then the sun goes down and it gets much harder.
Ralston Valley won the game 4-1 and looked very strong in the contest. Goals seemed to come at will for the Mustangs, and that frustrated Arvada West.
Here are a few shots from the game. Visit MaxPreps for more photos.
On Thursday, temperatures reached well over 70 and it was just gorgeous. The Arvada West Wildcats visited the NAAC in Arvada, Colorado to take on the home team Chatfield Chargers. Yes, the NAAC is like two miles from Arvada West and Chatfield is from Littleton, Colorado, which is quite a distance from the field. Makes sense to me.
Arvada West had little issue with Chatfield, scoring two goals in the second half. Chatfield had a couple chances, one a long shot saved by the crossbar of the goal. Arvada West won the game 2-0 to continue their undefeated conference play streak.
Here are some of my shots from the game. To view more, please visit MaxPreps. All shots with a Canon 1D Mark II and 120-300 Sigma 2.8 lens. My 7D is having issues focusing and is ready to go into Canon with my 70-200 2.8.
The game that was postponed Monday due to snow was played on Wednesday. The Standley Lake Gators hosted Green Mountain at the NAAC in Arvada, Colorado. Compared to Monday, the weather was 180 degree turn. Instead of snow, it was sunny and beautiful.
The game went back and forth in the first half, but it was not until the second half that things really took off. Standley Lake took a two goal lead, and Green Mountain responded with one goal, but could not get a second ball past the keeper. Lake went on to win 2-1.
Here are some photos from the game. To view more, please visit MaxPreps.
Monday’s game was postponed to Wednesday because of seven inches of snow on the field, but Tuesday, the weather was great and the snow melted enough for Arvada West to host Dakota Ridge for a soccer game at the NAAC in Arvada, Colorado. Tuesday’s weather was warmer, but when the sun went down, it got downright chilly.
Arvada West had two goals in the first half, and it was all they needed to beat Dakota Ridge. I do not know if it was the cold or what, but the game went by pretty fast. Dakota Ridge had their chances, but could not connect with the back of the net over 80 minutes.
Here are some photos from the game. To see more, please visit MaxPreps.
I shot the Golden and Standley Lake game on Thursday at the NAAC in Arvada Colorado, and boy, what a game. Standley Lake dominated the game, and suffered a tough loss on the field when their goalkeeper dove to save a ball an dislocated his shoulder.
But that loss did not stop them taking down the Golden Demons. In fact, one of the Lake players made an incredible shot for a goal that you just do not see everyday. He nailed a bicycle kick in the box for a goal.
Here are some shots from the game. To see more, visit MaxPreps.
I hit the NAAC in Arvada, Colorado on Thursday night for the Pomona Panthers and Arvada West Wildcats soccer game. I was really disappointed in the game, expecting it to be more of a contest, however, AWest dominated the entire game.
It is definitely fall in Colorado. The light for early games is starting to fade and the temps are dropping quickly. Even the players were struggling to keep warm, many pulling their hands up unto their sleeves to protect against the cold. Pomona had looked stronger earlier in the season, but the Wildcats just dominated them. Arvada West tallied 4 goals in the game and their keeper made a couple impressive saves on the way to a shutout.
Here are some photos from the game. To view and purchase more, please visit MaxPreps.
The Standley Lake Gators took on Holy Cross at the NAAC for a soccer game in Arvada, Colorado Monday night. It was the first real cold game of the season. It rained, the wind was blowing and it was just nasty out for the first half. The weather cleared up later in the game, which was more than welcome. I really need to go get new rain gear, for both me and my camera.
Lake had little issue with Holy Cross. They dominated the ball, but when Cross would have the ball down field, they were tough. In this game I was trying to focus on one on one battles..and I got a few good ones.
Here are some photos from the game and to see more and purchase images, please visit MaxPreps.
The Standley Lake Gators were hungry going into Wednesdays CHSAA soccer game against Longmont at the NAAC in Arvada, Colorado. The game started out pretty tame, with the Gators dominating the offense, but once they got on the board, things in the game changed.
A bunch of yellow cards and a lot of complaining took away from what could have been a good game. Also, both side officials had issues that did not help the situation. One could not call an offsides correctly to save his life. As an example, when there are three defenders between the goal and an offensive player, and a long pass is made, and the ball bounces before the offensive player gets past the last defender, he is onside, by about a mile. As for the other side official, the ball touching the line is not out. These officials really made it hard on the main official, who dealt with a brunt of the frustration from the players and coaches.
Lake went on to win 3-1, but Longmont had their opportunities and could easily of been a goal closer or even have earned a draw. Longmont has some big boots on their team.
Here are some photos from the game and you can view and purchase more from MaxPreps.