Farmers keep Conifer down with league victory

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LAKEWOOD – To call Wheat Ridge soccer red hot right now would be an understatement.

The Farmers got another critical 4A Jeffco league win by defeating Conifer 3-0 Wednesday at Lakewood Memorial Field.

Wheat Ridge overwhelmed the Lobos with a ridicules 23 shots on goal, breaking through with three of those nearly two dozen shots.

Junior Dan Van Note, senior CJ Francis and junior Max Sweeney all scored for the Farmers.

The trio was unstoppable during stretches, breaking down Conifer defenders while combining for 19 shots on goal.

“We wanted to come out here and play hard and get a much needed league win and we did that today,” Wheat Ridge coach Tony Thomas said.

But the lopsided scoreboard doesn’t tell the entire story. Conifer came into the game desperate for not only a league win, but any win. The Lobos have lost 10 straight games and haven’t won a game since August. They came out confident against the Farmers and threatened near the net a couple times but Wheat Ridge senior goaltender Troy Fairbanks put a wall up and stopped all seven of Conifer’s attempts.

“The win was important for us because it keeps us right there for a league title,” Thomas said. “It will be us, Golden and Evergreen, and I bet it will come down to the end.”

With the victory Wheat Ridge keeps its perfect 4-0 league record intact. However, Evergreen (4-0) and Golden (3-0) are also undefeated in league play.

But the Farmers might be catching fire at just the right time as they have now won five straight games, outscoring their opposition 14-3 over that stretch.

Wheat Ridge (8-3, 4-0) will play Green Mountain Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Lakewood Memorial Field.

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