On April Fool’s Day, those Silver Knights were up to their tricks again. In the 4:30 PM game on a BEAUTIFUL spring day, the JV team began their afternoon by peppering the Berthoud net. The first half saw Severance with 7 clear attacking chances on goal with all of them being thwarted by the Berthoud goalkeeper. At half it was 0-0. In the second half, Coach Matt Hoffman challenges the boys to “break the door down like a police battering ram.” The first goal was coming and the Silver Knights knew it. After 15 minutes, Isaiah Ferguson made the decisive move after being played through by Mauricio Galaviz. Finally, Isaiah and the Severance JV side had one. Shortly after, Mason Leisy saw his excellent strikes saved by the diving hands of the Berthoud keeper. After numerous other chances, George “team guy” Netzel made it 2-0 after a wonderstrike of a goal high, back post in the side netting. The final score would end 2-0 and the JV team was able to snatch their second victory of the season. Well done boys!
For the Varsity squad, the first 20 minutes of the game did seem like an April Fool’s trick. The boys came out showing tired legs and lacked the conviction that they showed in the first 20 minutes on Tuesday against Fort Morgan. Both Varsity and JV were hit hard by this week being Spring Break for SHS and the lack of depth has forced many players into playing more minutes that they are accustomed to. However, one player, sophomore Christian Zavas, really stood out as the aggressor for the Silver Knights in the first half and would continue to boss the game from the midfield for the entirety of the game.
At halftime, the score was 0-0 and Berthoud could sense that the game was up for grabs. Junior Tyler DiPietro was close to opening the scoring after sweetly connecting with a 30 yard volley that just tailed away wide to the right. While this shot missed the target, it seemed to light some fire for the Severance attack. Jesus Sanchez made his second appearance of the season after being injured with an ankle injury for the last 3 games. Jesus made a difference in the link-up play of the SHS attack and looks primed to be an impact with his creativity around the box. After a nice bit of defensive pressure and hustle, Jordan Thompson threw his body on the line to attack a loose ball with the Berthoud defense/keeper. His effort ended up finding the waiting feet of Jahaziel Gonzalez who tapped home what would prove to be the game-winner for SHS and Jahaziel’s second game-winner of the season. It should be noted that the goal could, by some, be called a “potato” finish. In post-game comments, Jahaziel insisted that he merely wanted to admire the ball crossing the line while peeling off in celebration. Other noteworthy performances on the night were Luke Davidson making his first start of the season (played excellent and brought a voice to SHS) and Angel “Lupe” Borunda who earned his second start of the season on his Senior Night!
Nonetheless, on a night where Severance was depleted, tired, and lacked their best stuff, the Silver Knights prevailed in a rewarding 1-0 victory. Sometimes those 1-0 scrappy wins are the ones that stick with us most. Good defense, hard work, and a team spirit usually prevails even when the ball isn’t quite bouncing the way we think it should. “Hard work beats talent every time” and tonight that certainly was the case.