LONGMONT — The Longmont High School boys soccer team defeated Silver Creek, 3-1, Thursday night at Everly-Montgomery Field. The win, however, did not inspire the Trojans to beat their collective chests.
“The first 10 minutes were good,” Longmont coach Nathan Oliver said. “I would say after that we didn’t play very well. But we got the job done.
“We lost all possession. We started playing kickball.”
Longmont came out strong, scoring in the opening two minutes. Chris Louchs took a long pass from Bobby Cinea, ran past three Silver Creek defenders and put it in the left corner for the game’s first goal. It came with 38:44 remaining before halftime.
Longmont added its second goal at the 20:17 mark when Jordon Wagner put in a corner kick that bounded around the front of Silver Creek’s goal.
Longmont’s third marker came early in the second half when Christian Granados took a perfect cross from Cinea and converted.
Longmont (6-4-1, 2-2-1 Northern Conference) broke a two-game losing streak Tuesday when it tied Niwot; it now aims for a postseason berth. Oliver thought Thursday’s
intensity could have been better and seeks improvement to help Longmont extend its season.
“We have to keep learning every day and keep getting better every game,” Oliver said.
His players sounded like they received Oliver’s message.
“We did all right, but it was not our best performance,” senior goalie Brady Campbell said. “We could do better with possession and not (playing) kickball. We got a couple of good goals out of kickball, but we need to possess it against other teams.”
Silver Creek’s Collin Harrison dribbled through Longmont’s defense and scored with 6:28 to play to post the Raptors’ goal.
Silver Creek coach Chris Squires said he was “underimpressed” with the game’s officiating. He said Silver Creek should have received a penalty kick in the game’s opening moments. He also said another no-call resulted in a separated shoulder for one of his players — Emil Motycka.
“Not that officiating decided the game,” Squires said. “They played a tough game. But it did hurt us. It’s unfortunate.
“By no means did (Longmont) not deserve it. We’re just disappointed we didn’t have a better opportunity.”
Silver Creek (4-7, 1-4) has two league games to play, including Tuesday against Fossil Ridge. Squires, in his first season as Silver Creek’s coach, said it’s important his team finishes strong. It won four out of five games during an earlier span but has now lost three in a row. He said a tough loss to Niwot ended the Raptors’ momentum.
“That’s the archrival for Silver Creek, and we can’t seem to get over that hump,” Squires said.
Longmont plays Saturday at Northridge. On Tuesday at Skyline, Longmont will attempt to remain unbeaten against city teams.
Longmont 3, Silver Creek 1
Goals — S: Collin Harrison. L: Chris Louchs, Wagner Jordon, Christian Granados.
Assists — S: None. L: Bobby Cinea 2.
Goalkeepers (Min.-Goals allowed-Saves) — S: Kyle Gunther (70-3-10), Eric Berger (10-0-2). N: Brady Campbell (80-1-8).