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Edwards: Freedom lowers the Boom on Denver

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EDWARDS, Colorado – The Freedom men’s indoor soccer team is talking playoffs.

And perhaps more importantly, Freedom F.C. coach Brandt Marott didn’t go all Jim Mora at the prospect of the postseason after his team routed the Denver Boom, 9-1, Saturday at the WECMRD Field House at Edwards.

“Our eye is on the prize which is making the playoffs,” Marott said. “Our goal is to be in the playoffs – No. 1 or No. 4.”

The top-four teams from Flight D of the Premiere Arena Soccer League go through, and all things being equal, the local side would like to finish first or second in the loop to get a home game in the postseason.

“That would be great,” the coach said.

At the end of play Saturday, Highlands Ranch holds the lead at 4-1, followed by the Freedom and defending league champ, Fort Collins, at 3-1. The Northern Colorado Cutthroats lurk at 3-2.

The Cutthroats handed the Freedom its only loss of the season – a 6-2 decision two weeks ago – so the locals were looking to turn things around against the Boom. The Freedom did so efficiently.

The offense was good Saturday night, but the defense was superb. The Freedom blanked the Boom for the first 47 minutes of the game.

“Our defense played really well,” the Freedom’s Mike Zaremba said. “To let in only one goal in a game where there’s a shot on goal every two minutes is incredible. Those guys in back held them down.”

Coach Marott said after the game that his squad was trying for a rare indoor-soccer shutout, but that he was quite proud of the team’s defensive effort.

Goalie James Keenly took the first half for the freedom, while Mauricio Lagos had the second. Both made point-blank saves, keeping Denver at bay.

Another way to play defense is to possess the ball on the other end of things and the hosts were good an that count as well. Nacen Gray broke the seal on things. Pete Randall scored on a corner kick from Schonberger. Zaremba had the next two, the latter of which was a beauty of a one-timer from Gray.

“Your eyes just light up and you hope it goes in back of the net,” Zaremba said. “It was pretty much the end of it there.”

That made it 4-0, and Duane Pelz upped the lead to 5-0 before the half. Brad White scored twice in the third quarter. Tomas Caballeros had a nifty header for a tally in the final period and the Freedom’s Nick Seglie cashed in on a late power play.

The Freedom’s next game is Saturday in Edwards at 7 p.m. against Northern Colorado in what should be a critical game in the Flight D race.

In the meantime, the first-year Freedom team is enjoying the ride.

“The community has been great supporting it,” Zaremba said. “It’s cool people are coming out to watch and you couldn’t ask for a better group of guys. There’s 27 of us. You only get to see 15 (on game night), but there are another bunch of guys who train every Tuesday and Thursday and Sunday. It’s a great group.”

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or via cfreud@vaildaily.com.


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