Arvada West High School's sterling start to the season continued on April 6, with the Wildcats defeating the Golden High School Demons 3-0 at NAAC behind a two-goal effort from senior striker Noah …
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Arvada West High School's sterling start to the season continued on April 6, with the Wildcats defeating the Golden High School Demons 3-0 at NAAC behind a two-goal effort from senior striker Noah Kanagy. The win improves the Wildcat's record to 6-0 (4-0) on the season and places the atop CHSAA's April 8 5a Boys Soccer RPI Standings.
The Wildcats got on the board in the game's 13th minute when a long shot by senior center back Karl Pankratz hit the post and ricocheted off to sophomore midfielder Yovani Tamayo, who found Kanagy near the back post where the striker was able to slide a quick shot just inside the post.
Kanagy found the back of the net again when a perfectly placed corner from sophomore midfielder Luke Schultz deflected off the striker's head in the last minute of the first half.
Five minutes into the second half, the Wildcats extended their lead to 3-0, this time thanks to a rifle of a shot from junior midfielder Ryan Griffith that beat the Demons' goaltender on the far side.
The remainder of the contest played out as a low-stakes affair, with the Wildcats getting off some solid scoring chances and continuing to stifle the Demon's attack.
Kanagy used his blazing speed and dazzling footwork to work his way behind Golden's back line multiple times in the second half, but despite earning a few quality scoring chances, the high-octane striker came up short of completing the hat truck.
The Demons failed to register a shot on goal in the game, due in large part to the immaculate work of Wildcats center backs Pankratz and Eli Ross. Arvada West has allowed just two goals in six games thus far this season, both in a 6-2 win over Columbine on March 25.
Arvada West head coach Troy Gette said the team's defense has bolstered the Wildcats play all over the pitch and singled out Pankratz and Ross for their efforts on the back end.
“We definitely have a really good defense and throughout the season we've only given up two goals,” said Gette, “and I think our defense is just playing outstanding. (Specifically) Karl (Pankratz) and Eli (Ross), keeping a shutout and just being smart and starting all of our attacks from the back end.”
Kanagy said that he was able to spark the Wildcats offense by using his speed to keep the Demons off balance and choosing when to attack.
“Just (applying) constant pressure, reading the ball, cutting off the angles, picking your battles and picking a time to attack,” said Kanagy.
Gette said that his star striker is able to use his skill and work ethic to weave his way through opposing defenders.
“He does everything right,” said Gette. “He's a fantastic player, with his speed and his work ethic is great, and his will to compete is just unstoppable.”
The loss is the first of the season for Golden, dropping the team's record to 3-1-1 (3-0-1). The Demons have busy slate of games ahead, taking on Evergreen April 9, Standley Lake April 10, Wheat Ridge April 13 and Littleton at home April 16.
The Wildcats take on Lakewood April 8, Chatfield April 10, Valor Christian April 12 before wrapping up their regular season slate with an away game at Ralston Valley on April 15.
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