LONGMONT — Silver Creek senior Emily Feller had the war wound on her right thigh to prove how much went into the Raptors cross-town rivalry game against Longmont.
As the old adage goes, "You can throw out the records when these two teams get together," and never has that been more true for Longmont this year. Despite having just two wins entering play on a rainy Tuesday night, the Trojans have found a way to make things difficult for some of their biggest rivals.
Silver Creek knew it and was prepared. Knowing they needed to take care of business against the Trojans to maintain their spot in the top 32 of the latest RPI -- they were 24th entering the night -- coach Rob Johnson's girls scored early and often and rolled to a 7-1 victory at Everly Montgomery.
"They wanted it today and again, this is the kind of stuff we can do. And Longmont is not a bad team, they do a lot of god things," said Johnson, whose team improved to 9-5 overall and 3-3 inside the Northern League with just one match remaining on Thursday against Greeley Central.
"The RPI is what it is, and of course I would like to be higher. But we are where we are, and if we win on Thursday we are 10-5 and we will be fine."
Longmont dropped to 2-12 overall and 1-5 within Northern League play.
Silver Creek dominated the possession early on and was savvy as well as accurate with its passing, keeping the ball on the ground in the miserable conditions.
Their opening goal came on a connection of passes from out of their own defensive end to the midfield and eventually to sophomore Emily Reitz, whose lengthy run took her all the way to the goal line before her cross came to senior Feller.
"Some people don't like playing in the rain, but it just adds an element of fun for me," said Feller, who bagged her seventh goal of the season. "We knew we had to come out like we were facing a 10-0 team and that mentality helped us get those goals."
The onslaught from Mother Nature and the Raptors started more in earnest soon after. First-half goals in the sideways rain from Ashley Moffat, Nadia Ziegler, Alexa Karsel and leading goal scorer Denise King put things well out of reach.
"We just keep getting better," said Johnson, whose only setback in the last four matches was a 1-0 overtime loss to Centaurus. "So I really can't complain."
Longmont had its moments and avoided made sure to spoil Kaeyla Noble's clean sheet in the 62 minute. Lexie Lisenbe set up Taylor Nielsen, who was able to finish for the Trojans lone tally.
SILVER CREEK 7, LONGMONT 1
At Everly Montgomery StadiumSilver Creek (9-5, 3-3)52—7Longmont (2-12, 1-5)01—1
Goals (assists) —Silver Creek: Emily Feller (Emily Reitz), 3rd minute; Ashley Moffat (unassisted), 11th; Nadia Ziegler (unassisted), 15th; Alexa Karsel (unassisted), 30th; Denise King (unassisted), 40th; Emma Blaser (Ziegler), 50th; Longmont: Taylor Nielsen (Lexie Lisenbe), 62nd; Silver Creek: King (unassisted), 73rd.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Silver Creek: Kaeyla Noble (80-1-1); Longmont: Franchesska Ramirez (80-7-8).