GAME RECAP: Atlas defeats the Redwoods in Denver

Atlas LC vs. Redwoods LC Week 7 Denver Recap

Atlas and Redwoods kicked off Week 7 action as teams came together after a two-week break. More accurately, Atlas kicked off Week 7 action as the Redwoods were nowhere to be found to begin this contest.

Behind a first quarter hat trick by Connor Buczek, Atlas jumped out to a five-goal lead. Highlighted by crisp ball movement and unselfish play, Atlas scored seven assisted goals while five different players found the back of the net. Throughout the season and tonight, Atlas continues to show its potential when they share the ball and score assisted goals.

While only putting up nine goals in their Week 1 matchup versus Redwoods, Atlas matched that in the first quarter alone. Now up 9-2, Atlas went on another five-goal run in the second to broaden their lead to eight as the first half ended.

Surrounding Atlas’ second quarter five-goal run, Redwoods started to find success on the offensive end. Jules Heningburg found the back of the net twice while Brent Adams and Kyle Harrison both added singles.

Now down eight, Redwoods looked to their offensive All-Stars to help them climb back into this game. Four minutes into the second half, they had split the Atlas' lead in half as Jules Heningburg took advantage of his one-on-one matchup. From behind the goal, Heningburg dodged on Atlas defender Austin Pifani, scoring two unassisted goals. After finishing a feed from Matt Kavanagh, who had one goal of his own during this stretch, Heningburg had brought what he hoped to be new life to his Redwoods team.

Unfortunately, Atlas wouldn’t stay down long as they answered Redwoods’ four-goal run with a three-goal run of their own. Buczek, Kieran McArdle, and Eric Law continued Atlas’ trend of scoring assisted goals and brought the Atlas lead back up to seven.

Entering the fourth up by six, Trevor Baptiste continued to give possessions to an Atlas offense who now had scored more goals in three quarters than they had in a full game this season. While the offense was held scoreless in the final frame, Atlas’ defense stifled any attempt at a comeback as Redwoods managed just three goals in the final quarter.

Now officially in the playoff picture, Atlas rises to fourth place with a 3-4 record while Redwoods, 4-3, drops from second place to third. With another bye week ahead, Atlas will meet Archers in San Jose on Sunday, August 11th while Redwoods will take the much-needed rest to regroup for their contest against Chaos to open Week 8 in San Jose.

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