LONGMONT — Chris Louchs scored a goal for Longmont High School on Tuesday night and made a beeline for his bench, where, boosted by the sudden surge of adrenaline a goal gives, he started doing pushups.
It wasn’t a huge deal. It probably even prompted a few smiles seeing as Louchs has to do pushups at practice when he misses the goal. And when you’re a
junior in high school like Louchs, energy comes in ample amounts.
Still, considering the battle-royale-of-a-soccer game in which he was playing, he might have wanted to save some energy.
Longmont tied Niwot 1-1 on a
cool, rainy night at Everly Montgomery Field. Niwot (6-2-1, 3-0-1 Northern Conference) entered as winners of five of its past six, and the tie keeps it close to the top of the Northern Conference’s standings. It has three league games remaining.
Longmont (5-4-1, 1-2-1) had lost three of its previous four.
Louchs goal came four minutes into the second half and off a nice cross from Bobby Cinea. It was also Longmont’s first shot of the night.
Niwot answered when Ryan Meske headed in a pass from Jake McGrane with 20 minutes remaining in regulation.
Two five-minute overtime periods yielded scoring chances for both teams, but no tallies. Longmont goalie Brady Campbell made a huge save with 3:40 to play in the second.
After 90 grueling minutes that saw both teams exert tons of energy, the tie left contrasting feelings.
“We’re definitely not happy with it,” Meske said. “I guess we’re disappointed with it. We were looking for more than a tie.
“It hurts just as much as a loss.”
Said Longmont coach Nathan Oliver: “Coming back from suffering those last two losses the way we did, to come back and tie Niwot is great.”
Oliver said Longmont lacked intensity in losses to Boulder and Fossil Ridge in the past week. A halftime chat about winning the 50-50 balls sparked more intensity, Oliver said, and Longmont came out strong after the break.
“We knew this was probably the biggest game of the year,” Louchs said. “Niwot had already beaten Silver Creek and Skyline. If they beat us they’re automatically city champs and we just couldn’t let that happen. So we came out firing.
“Now we can go beat Silver Creek and Skyline, and in my mind, that’d make us city champs. It’s still within our grasp.”
Niwot has already defeated Silver Creek and Skyline and fell short of the city sweep despite outshooting Longmont.
Niwot coach Jeremy Drake called his team’s work “gutsy,” especially in light of how it overcame the one-goal deficit against a team playing as hard as Longmont was.
But Drake also seeks more discipline from his team. He pointed to a red card one of his players received for being tagged for two yellows.
“These guys need some more discipline going into the last part of the season,” he said. “They need to stop getting red cards.
“I have to figure it out.”
Longmont 1, Niwot 1
at Longmont H.S.
Goals — L: Chris Louchs; N: Ryan Meske.
Assists — L: Bobby Cinea; N: Jake McGrane.
Goalkeepers (Min.-Goals allowed-Saves) — L: Brady Campbell (90-1-13). N: Garrett Clark (90-1-2).