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Big Cheese: Cheesman rallies Centaurus soccer past Holy Family to stay perfect

North Carolina commit scores first two goals of season in win

BROOMFIELD — Holy Family's Tea Whitlock dribbles around Centaurus' Nyah Ringer Monday, April 25, 2022.
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BROOMFIELD — Holy Family’s Tea Whitlock dribbles around Centaurus’ Nyah Ringer Monday, April 25, 2022.

BROOMFIELD — Centaurus’ perfect run in the spring has stretched into late April, the result of widespread production across the field and a seemingly different standout performer in every win.

The latest of which for coach Mario Bezzina’s group came at the feet of Sydney Cheesman, the senior who returned from a two-week soccer camp in Denmark as of just Saturday only to marvel in her States’ comeback.

Still feeling a bit of jet lag Monday, Cheesman came off the bench and scored twice in Class 4A No. 3 Centaurus’ 2-1 win at Holy Family.

She scored the equalizer late in the first half with the Warriors facing their first deficit in weeks, then added the game-winner in the 56th minute.

“I think it’s 4 a.m. in Denmark right now,” the North Carolina commit said with a tired grin. “I feel it a little bit. It wasn’t so bad when we were playing, but right when we stopped, I felt it.”

Cheesman had already proven to be among the Warriors’ most-versatile weapons on the field. Prior to her trip, she had games at both the back line and midfield. And up front Monday, she looked unstoppable, powering the offense while scoring her first two goals of the season.

In the 38th, Cheesman took a feed from Annabelle Stephan in the box and touched a chance over the top of sliding Tigers keeper Olivia Dietrich to tie the game.

Her go-ahead goal came after the break off another assist from Stephan, where a quick twitch and step helped her pierce through a line of defenders. She beat Dietrich low and to the left.

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BROOMFIELD — Centaurus’ Fransiska Blois dribbles Monday, April 25, 2022.

“The thing is now we’re confident to know how we want to play,” Bezzina said. “We feel like we can achieve the result if we stay focused. In games you are going to fall behind, and we know we have time to recover.”

Centaurus (11-0, 7-0 5A/4A Northern League) remains the lone unblemished team in Class 4A. And as of this weekend, it stands as the only untouched team in the BoCoPreps area after 5A No. 2 Broomfield lost to No. 1 Valor Christian Saturday.

With four games left in the regular season, the margin of error in its league race is still slim-to-none. It remained tied atop the standings with Windsor (10-2, 7-0), which stayed perfect in league play with a win at Mead Monday.

The two meet May 4 in the regular-season finale.

“I think coming into the season we weren’t expecting anything that we have accomplished,” Cheesman said. “Our coach just takes it one game at a time and it’s never about keeping our streak going or anything. It’s just winning each game as it goes.”

Holy Family (5-4, 4-2) gave the Warriors their best test in a month.

Anya Moser scored in the 21st minute to put the Tigers ahead. Brushed along the left hash mark, some 30 yards out, the junior defender floated an arcing chance into the far corner of the net.

The lead wouldn’t stick, though.

Holy Family’s two-game winning streak ended as Centaurus beat the Tigers for the third time in their last four meetings.

Next: Centaurus hosts Skyline Wednesday, while Holy Family is home against Mead.

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BROOMFIELD — Holy Family’s Anya Moser shoots Monday, April 25, 2022.

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