LAKEWOOD — The first half was classic Evergreen boys soccer. Peter Jeans’ squad lulled Green Mountain with its brand of ball-control offense, though the scoring opportunities were few and far between.
The second half, especially midway through the game’s final 40 minutes, was more like a fast break in basketball. The Cougars offensively played at a breakneck speed that Green Mountain struggled to keep up with.
That approach led to goals from freshmen Griffin Dorsey and Brock Anderson less than two minutes apart as the Cougars won the eight-team South Jeffco Invite with a 2-0 win over their 4A Jeffco League foe on Sept. 7 at Lakewood Memorial Field. The win was Evergreen’s third straight.
“We’re off to a good start, but we’ve got a lot of work to do to be able to beat a really strong team like Air Academy if we face them again,” Evergreen head coach Peter Jeans said. The Cougars’ lone loss this year came in a 1-0 overtime setback to the Kadets in the opener. “We’ve got our work cut out for us.”
EHS had its work cut out against Green Mountain, too. Though the Cougars controlled the flow, it took until midway through the second half before they saw the results of their efforts on the scoreboard.
Dorsey scored Evergreen’s first goal after a scrum in front of Green Mountain junior goalkeeper Sam Lewis in the game’s 61st minute. A minute later, Dorsey crossed a beautiful pass to Anderson, who punched the ball into the back left corner for a two-goal lead.
“Brock had a great finish. We just got in the box and found the run,” Dorsey said.
Anderson said he had an idea Dorsey was going to cross the ball over to the far post, so he had to be there when it arrived.
“I was just trying to beat the man far post, and the ball came to me. I put it away,” Anderson said.
Evergreen’s aggressive attacking of the net in the second half had more to do with the need to score than just altering its offensive presence, Jeans said.
“I think we just started to feel urgency to actually score,” Jeans said. “We were controlling the game, but you have to score, or one mistake can cost you. Some guys made some great individual runs to get behind the defense. Griffin Dorsey made a fantastic run to get behind the defense, and Brock Anderson came flying through to make a beautiful finish.”
Evergreen (3-1) played much of the game on the Green Mountain side of the field. That resulted in a 7-0 edge in corner kicks, which came in handy, especially after Jackson Ingram’s corner kick led to Dorsey’s goal.
The Cougars held Green Mountain (2-2) to just three shots on goal. Senior goalkeeper Matthew Hornbecker saved all three shots.
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