Shockwave Enter Post-Season Play With Winning Record
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TOURNAMENT ACTION – The Shockwave’s Eli Hagemeyer (top center) sprinted to gain possession of the ball against a member of the Telluride Rainbow Punch at the Panther Prowl Tournament in Cortez while Gannon Rikkers looked on. Joshua Zaugg (left center) raced to the ball. (Courtesy photos)
CORTEZ – The Shockwave soccer team ended its regular season in fine form on Oct. 18, winning two games on the road in Cortez.

First up was the Orange Crush, who the Shockwave also defeated earlier in the season. It took the team until the second half to warm up, with only one shot on goal, by Joshua Zaugg, finding the net in the first half. Goalie Eli Hietala was kept on his toes throughout the first, blocking at least six Orange Crush attempts on goal. Rotating defenders Henry Benasutti, Dillon Nafziger, Ethan Casselberry, and Michael Kriegshauser were also kept busy by the opposition, keeping all but one drive from scoring.

The Shockwave offense of rotating forwards Joshua Zaugg, Ryan Yocum, Ethan Fletcher, Kreigshauser, Nafziger, Haley Crozier, and Jessica Walsh, along with rotating halfbacks Gannon Rikkers, Jonathan Zaugg, Eli Hagemeyer, and Chelese Nielsen were ready to go in the second half, demonstrating their passing and teamwork skills.

Joshua Zaugg passed to Yocum who scored one goal, and later scored a goal of his own. Hagemeyer started a drive by passing to Nafziger, who passed it to Joshua Zaugg for the third goal of the half. The Orange Crush only managed to score one more goal, putting the final score at Shockwave 4, Orange Crush 2.

The second game of the day was against the Blackhawks, who also fell to the Shockwave earlier in the season. Shockwave’s offense was strong, scoring six goals in the first half. Fletcher, Yocum, Kriegshauser, Hagemeyer, and Joshua Zaugg all scored unassisted goals, and Fletcher had a corner kick to Hagemeyer to score a goal. The Blackhawks scored two goals in the first half. Hietala was Shockwave’s goalie again, blocking at least five goal attempts throughout the game.

The Shockwave scored two mirror goals in the second half, with Yocum passing to Nafziger for both scores. The final score was Shockwave 8, Blackhawks 2.

Panther Prowl

The Shockwave finished their regular season with a 6-5 record, and went on to compete in the U12 division of the Panther Prowl Soccer Tournament in Cortez on Oct. 25 and 26. Their first game was against the Cortez Outlaws. The evenly matched teams ended the game in a tie, 5-5.

The Shockwave’s second game of the tournament was against the Telluride Rainbow Punch. Shockwave scored three goals in the first half, one by Yocum of a Crozier pass, one by Joshua Zaugg after a pass from Kriegshauser and the third by Fletcher from a pass by Nielsen.

The Shockwave were revved up for the second half. Goalie Hietala had at least a half dozen saves as the Rainbow Punch tried to even the score. Defenders Hagemeyer and Joshua Zaugg were hard at work, and the Shockwave’s offense was also constantly on the move, and scored three goals in the second half. Nafziger kicked a goal in from the quarter field, Kriegshauser had a drive and scored unassisted and the last goal was a Kreigshauser pass to Fletcher. Rainbow Punch scored one goal in the second half. The final score was Shockwave 6, Rainbow Punch 2.

Game three took place on Sunday afternoon against the Telluride Starburst. Shockwave gave it their best but this older team excelled in passing and offense. Goalies Hietala, Jonathan Zaugg and Joshua Zaugg had a combined 17 blocked goals for the Shockwave. Rikkers, Kriegshauser and Crozier were busy on defense throughout the game. Shockwave offense had several goal attempts however none were successful. They were defeated 0-12. As of press time the final results of the tournament were not known.
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