Dodge City tops CMC in opener
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
With players walking off the field, the moon peeking above the mountains in the distance and the net being removed behind him, goalkeeper Chris Raines kept on playing.
The game ended several minutes earlier, but the freshman from Cherokee Trail High School in Aurora wasn’t finished. With Colorado Mountain teammate Lowell Rompf firing shots his way, Raines did his best to turn them away.
And his intensity in this postgame practice matched the fire he showed in the 3-1 loss his Eagles suffered to Dodge City (Kansas) Community College just moments earlier at CMC’s Spring Valley campus.
“After every game, I try to work on what I didn’t do well during the game,” said the lanky keeper, sporting a bright-orange jersey. “I always tune up my game as much as I can in my free time.”
And it apparently doesn’t bother Raines if that free time directly follows a game.
“I always stay after,” he said. “After practice, I’ll take shots from the captain.”
If Raines’ competitive nature is at all rubbing off on his teammates, the Eagles have a bright future.
CMC did show plenty of fire on Wednesday, playing scrappy defense and taking an early 1-0 lead on a long-range free kick by reigning Scenic West Athletic Conference first-teamer Max Von Rabenau.
Unfortunately for Von Rabenau and the Eagles, that score didn’t hold up.
Dodge stormed back, knotting things up by halftime on a goal by Oscar Alvarez, who jammed home a rebound.
Less than 10 minutes into the second half, Dodge went ahead for good on a tough-angled, laser of a kick from Eduardo Anguiano, who was hovering near the endline.
Dodge City added an insurance goal some 30 minutes later, with Anguiano speeding ahead of three defenders on a free-kick pass, taking possession and then rolling home a breakaway goal.
CMC had a chance to tie just a few minutes earlier, earning a penalty kick by drawing a foul from the middle of a corner-kick scrum. But a Cory McGrath shot sailed high, leaving the door open for Dodge City to seal the victory.
Raines, who finished with 13 saves, provided a big first-half highlight by stopping an Anguiano penalty kick. The Aurora native dove to his right to make the stop, drawing cheers from the CMC crowd.
“I never saved a PK before in a game,” said Raines, who recalled facing maybe 10 penalty kicks in his life. “I always wanted to go that way.”
Though the night didn’t end with a win, Eagles coach Steve White did notice improvement over the team’s previous two contests, both scrimmages.
“We saw a lot of improvement over our previous two outings,” he said. “Things are getting better.”
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