Edwards Freedom ekes out 5-4 win over Cutthroats
EDWARDS – “We promised to provide a lot of excitement,” Freedom soccer coach Brandt Marott joked Saturday night.
The coach and the Freedom soccer team can joke about it a little after Saturday night’s 5-4 nail-biting win against the Northern Colorado Cutthroats at the WECMRD Field House in Edwards.
The Cutthroats (4-3) had handed the Freedom its only loss of the season earlier this month, so payback was nice.
“It was important win for us,” Marott said. “We’ve been working our butts off for this game right here. I think it showed the first three quarters. The fourth was all heart. Heart is what won.”
Hearts, however, were tested in those final 15 minutes. The Freedom’s Nick Seglie scored on a pinball goal to give his team a 4-3 lead.
“I think it might have hit the keeper, the wall and then the keeper again,” said Seglie, who, for some reason, didn’t call “bank” on his shot. “Anyway it goes in, I’m happy. That’s the thing.”
Northern Colorado seemed to tie the game at four when Tim Stork blasted a shot toward the upper-right corner. Freedom goalie James Kenley, who went the distance Saturday, seemed beside himself trying to argue that the entire ball did not go into the net.
Eventually, referees Jim Sanders and Dave Marjoram came to agree with him and the goal was waived off.
“There was no way the ball could have popped out like that if the whole ball went in,” Marott said. “I’m glad the refs got together.”
With 1:22 left in the game, the Freedom’s Andrew Carver picked up a blue card, giving Northern Colorado a power play. The Cutthroats opted to pull their keeper for a 6-on-4 advantage. Playing in a traditional box formation, the Freedom’s Mike Zaremba got the steal and lofted the ball neatly into the opposite end for an empty-netter.
Zaremba went streaking down the west side of the arena in celebration, and that really did turn out to be a huge goal. Stork scored with 20 seconds left for Northern Colorado to make it 5-4 before time ran out.
The Freedom built a 3-2 halftime lead behind a Tomas Caballero one-timer from Duane Pelze. Brian Schonberger jumped on his own rebound for a 2-0 lead. Up 2-1 late in the first half, Zaremba caught Northern Colorado napping on a quick restart and scored a power-play goal.
The Freedom doesn’t have much time to enjoy this one, though. The team hits the road today for a match at Fort Collins.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or email@example.com.
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