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Danes Come Up With Big Win Over CSS

September 24, 2012
Fountain Valley School

The Danes took to the field after a weekend off as they traveled cross-town to the Colorado Springs School for a 4:15 game. After losing their last match to Manitou on Thursday, the boys were ready to make the most of the day’s game, and today they did.

The Danes started off strong and applied consistent pressure to the Kodiak back line. Some positioning changes and injuries found several players in new positions. Sophomore Chris Cha (Guangzhou City, China) earned his first starting role as he joined junior and fellow Korean Brian Lee (Seongnam City, Korea) in the attacking positions. Junior Manolo Jimenez (Queretaro, Mexico) moved back to center midfield and senior Matt Gilbert (Colorado Springs) stepped back to play stopper. With some changes to the lineup and a renewed sense of energy the Danes were quick to put the ball in the back of the net. 

Julio Miramontes (Denver) started off the scoring as he received a cross from Jimenez just shy of the end line and finished behind the diving Kodiak keeper. Ben Strine (Kalamazoo, Mich.) got back on the scoring sheet after receiving a great pass from Jimenez in the 22nd minute of play. Lee notched his first goal of the season off the final assist from Jimenez, giving him three on the day. The final goal of the first half was scored by senior Nick Carter (Boulder) as he received the ball on a turnover and struck the ball on goal. A favorable deflection sent the Kodiak keeper in the wrong direction, giving Carter his first goal of his varsity campaign.

Halftime Score: FVS-4 : CSS-0

The Danes came out from half looking to possess a bit more and work the ball on the ground through a packed Kodiak defense. Jimenez started the scoring in the second half as he received the ball just outside the 18 and connected on a beautiful shot to the far top corner. The final goal of the game came from a beautifully orchestrated play from captain Graham Sondermann (Colorado Springs) and Michael Fortenberry (Telluride). Sondermann began the play as he drove into space just outside the 18, hid pace drew in a defender and with that step he slid the ball onto Fortenberry’s foot just inside the box. With just the Kodiak keeper between him and the goal Fortenberry calmly finished the ball to the lower corner. A solid performance by the Dane back line and keeper Griffin Shelor (Cedar Park, Texas) earned them their first shutout on the season.

Fulltime Score: FVS-6 : CSS-0

With the win the Danes pull even at 3-3. The boys will step back on the field for a highly anticipated match against Colorado Academy on Saturday as they contest the Birkenmayer-Reed Challenge Cup. The game will be at 11 a.m. and this will mark the debut of the new Dane mascot, Duke.

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