By Will Petersen
For the Courier
LAKEWOOD — It developed innocently enough, but by the time the ball was in the back of the net the Evergreen Cougars’ boys soccer team had scored the “best goal all year,” according to head coach Peter Jeans in a 2-0 win over Green Mountain on Oct. 10 at Lakewood Memorial Field.
With 15 minutes to go in the first half of a scoreless game, senior Matthew Jackson, who was on his own side of the field, hit Nate Hentges down the left sideline with a perfect pass. Hentges then settled the ball and crossed it to a streaking Jackson Ingram, who dove at the perfect time and headed the ball inside the far post.
“I didn’t want to play it to him onto the ground because I thought the defender could get it, so I played it through the air, and Jackson hit a perfect header,” Hentges said.
“I made that back post run and Nate just played a perfect ball. I just laid out for it and it worked out perfectly,” Ingram said.
While compliments flew and the talk after the game was about the ‘perfect’ play, not to be lost in the shuffle was talk of the perfect conference record Evergreen is working on, again. The Cougars (10-1-2) moved to 6-0 in the 4A Jeffco League and extended its conference-winning streak to 25 games and league unbeaten streak to 29 games.
“It’s very exciting, and it never gets old,” Jeans said.
The Cougars played Golden at the North Area Athletic Complex on Oct. 16 in their conference finale and a bid to look up a third straight 4A Jeffco League championship.
Evergreen’s sixth league victory may not have been possible without the play of goalkeeper Jack Drumright against Green Mountain (5-9, 3-3). With Evergreen leading 1-0 and 16 minutes left in the game, Green Mountain’s Anthony Martinez broke behind the defense and fired a shot far post that Drumright made a leaping, one-handed, fully-extended diving save on to preserve the shutout.
“That guy works so hard, and he’s gotten so much better,” Jeans said of Drumright. “For him to make a meaningful save at the point in the game, with the game in the balance, is vindication for him and all the hard work he’s put in.”
Collin Molleur added an insurance goal in the 73rd minute off an assist from Tristan Cheatham.