LONGMONT — Very little has gone right for the Longmont Trojans girls soccer team this year.

But you had to believe the soccer gods had their back on Friday night at Everly Montgomery against Mead in a non-league affair.

After a dominating first half that featured three fantastic goals, they had to have a tiny bit of doubt in the back of their heads ... after all they were 1-9.

But after a first half played with nary a breeze, the final 40 minutes were played with a gusting northerly wind at their back and it led to two more goals and a 5-0 victory over the Mavericks.

"We all looked at each other at halftime and were like, really?," Longmont coach Mike DiGiallonardo said. "It couldn't have been better timing for us. Mead's got a strong team and we just kind of dominated tonight."

Despite its record, Longmont has not bailed out on its season just yet and they believe that they can still be a factor in what has turned out to be wide open race in the Class 4A Northern League.

The next three matches will prove to be huge for the Trojans, starting next Tuesday at Niwot and then Thursday at Centaurus.

"I think we are starting to get our confidence back and starting to play the way we are used to playing and how we've played in the past," said senior midfielder Lexie Lisenbe, whose team, even in a 4-2 defeat the night before to co-league leaders Northridge, figured a lot of things out.

"I was super proud of them last night, we gave 100 percent and that is something we have been working towards all season, getting everyone to come and give their best."


The good vibes fed over to Friday night and the Trojans jumped on the board early and put the Mavericks (4-4-1) in a hole less than a minute into the match. Kennedi Ghesquiere's well-placed left-footed shot to the far post from 25-yard out beat Mead goalie Ali Osborne.

The Mavericks' best chance to equalize came in the 24th minute, when junior Anna Maher made a long run on her own and into the box only to be denied by Trojans goalie Franchesska Ramirez at the last moment.

It summed up the Mead night.

Just three minutes later, Lisenbe bent a right-footed shot past Osborne from a difficult angle and the game took on a different feel from that point on.

Longmont would add another on Taylor Nielsen's goal in the 34th minute to put the nail in the coffin.

"After last night against Northridge we kind of figured out what we needed to do and getting the right line-up together," DiGiallonardo said. "I think we picked the right girls and we finally made that turn."

Sydney Fixmer and freshman Ava Moin added goals in the second half for Longmont.

Mead will try and rebound on Saturday in another non-league match at Niwot at 10 a.m.

Jon Yunt: yuntj@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/JonEYunt


At Everly Montgomery Field

Mead (4-4-1)00—0

Longmont (2-9)32—5

Goals (assists) —Longmont: Kennedi Ghesquiere (unassisted), 1st; Lexie Lisenbe (unassisted), 27th; Taylor Nielsen (unassisted), 34th; Sydney Fixmer (Nielsen), 57th; Ava Moin (unassisted), 69th.

Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Mead: Ali Osborne (80-5-7); Longmont: Franchesska Ramirez (80-0-7).